Kenya & Rwanda Safari - Sample Itinerary

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Sample Kenya & Rwanda Safari Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – Fairmont Norfolk Hotel/Nairobi – Bed and Breakfast – On your arrival into Jmo Kenyatta airport, you will be met and driven to the Fairmont Norfolk hotel. Time permitting, you may want to visit Nairobi’s best attractions, including the home of Karen Blixen, from the Academy Award winning film ‘Out of Africa’, Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary, and the Giraffe Center.

DAY 2 – Ol Pejeta Camp/Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – This morning you will be driven to Wilson airport in time to fly with Air Kenya to Nanyuki airstrip. Your guide will be there to meet you in Nanyuki and drive you to Ol Pejeta Bush Camp where you will spend the next 2 nights. Afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners will be on offer.

DAY 3 – Ol Pejeta Camp/Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – The next day you will have a wide array of activities to choose from including game drives. walking safaris, lion tracking, horseback riding, cultural visits, or visits to the canine anti-poaching unit or endangered species enclosure.

DAY 4 -Offbeat Mara Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – After breakfast you will be driven to Nanyuki airstrip and flown by Air Kenya to the Masai Mara where you will be met and driven to your next destination, Offbeat Mara camp. Here you will be staying for the next 3 nights. Afternoon/evening game drive and sundowners overlooking the beautiful Olare Orok River.

DAY 5 – Offbeat Mara Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Early morning call for a hot air balloon safaris across the Masai Mara…a truly spectacular way to view the wildlife and scenery. Afternoon visit to Keiyaki Guiding School and game drive.

DAY 6 – Offbeat Mara Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Morning walking safari and afternoon cultural visit to a nearby Masai village and game drive.

DAY 7 – Virunga Lodge/Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo – Fully Inclusive – Today will be a travel day.  You will be driven to the airstrip and then flown by private charter to Jmo Kenyatta airport in time to check in for your flight to Kigali.  From Kigali you will be transferred by road to Virunga Lodge which is a 3 hour drive through the volcanic hills to Volcanoes National Park and Virunga Lodge.

DAY 8 – Virunga Lodge/Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo – Fully Inclusive – This morning you will be taken to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters where you will receive your briefing and prepare for your gorilla trek. Tracking mountain gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day.  Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours.

DAY 9 – Virunga Lodge/Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo – Fully Inclusive – Today you will have a choice of a wide variety of activities including trekking for the endangered, beautiful and playful golden monkey, a visit to the graves of Dian Fossey and some of her beloved research gorillas, bird watching some of the 700 different bird species, a village walk through the local village, Lake Bulera, or a climb up one of Virunga’s chain of volcanoes.

DAY 10 – Virunga Lodge/Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo – Breakfast – This morning, after breakfast you will be driven about 3 hours back to Kigali airport in time to check-in for your onward connection.

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Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel/Nairobi

Situated in the heart of Kenya, the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel offers a sophisticated retreat that is within easy reach of world-renowned wildlife centers, golf courses, and museums. The luxurious rooms and suites are tastefully furnished and include en-suite bathrooms, armchairs, work desks, and plasma screen TVs. The hotel offers four dining establishments featuring a variety of cuisines, as well as an all-day dining restaurant. Guests can enjoy leisurely walks through the tropical gardens, have a splash in the pool, work out at the fitness center, or enjoy relaxing massages and treatments at the spa.

ACTIVITIES

The Norfolk is located just minutes from Nairobi’s best attractions, including the home of Karen Blixen, from the Academy Award-winning film ‘Out of Africa’, Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary, and the Giraffe Center.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

The Fairmont Rooms have beautifully appointed décor that give them a warm and inviting feel. Some of the features in the room include: Refreshment Center, tea and coffee facilities, bedside lamps, 32′ TV, hairdryer, digital & cordless phone, iron & ironing board, safe and reading desk. The bathroom is three parts with 115/240v shaving socket, rain shower, flush toilet and washbasin.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Business Center, Communal Dining, Conference Center, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Clothes Press, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Sala, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Television, Wheelchair Friendly.

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Complimentary), Babysitting Service, Chauffeur Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk.

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Ol Pejeta Bush Camp/Ol Pejeta Conservancy

On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in central Kenya’s Laikipia region lies the atmospheric Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, the ultimate in Kenyan hospitality and safari excellence.

Ol Pejeta’s seven traditional East African safari tents offer an excellent base from which to explore the secrets of this renowned conservancy. Ol Pejeta is the first choice for discerning safari-goers looking to understand and enjoy the very best of world-leading conservation practice.

Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya’s Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last three remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey and many more. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.

ACTIVITIES

  • Day and night game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Visits to the endangered species enclosure
  • Canine anti-poaching unit visits
  • Lion tracking
  • Horseback riding in the conservancy and with rhinos
  • Cultural and community visits
  • Junior ranger program for children
  • Running with the rangers
  • Gym in the wild
  • Cycling safaris
  • Nanyuki market day
  • Wildlife – livestock integration program

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Perfectly spaced along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the six traditional safari tents at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp are charming and full of character. The family tent at Ol Pejeta features a central shared lounge which joins a king room and twin room.

All tents come complete with warm blankets for the winter mornings, rechargeable solar lights and en-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets. Individual verandas provide the perfect spot to while away an afternoon in privacy, watching the animals come and go along the river bank.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary),  Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mobile Connectivity, Private Vehicle Available

ROOM FACILITIES

Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Safe, Shower, Verandah

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Offbeat Mara Camp/Mara North Conservancy

One of the smaller camps in the Mara, Offbeat Mara Camp has just seven tents offering a truly private, traditional safari experience within the Mara North Conservancy (MNC). The MNC founded in January 2009, is an area of about 74,000 acres and is incredibly rich in wildlife and has one of the lowest densities of tourist visitors in the greater Mara ecosystem, enabling guests to enjoy game viewing in privacy. Offbeat Mara Camp is one of the founding members of the Conservancy. Tucked away in this prime wildlife area, Offbeat Mara Camp provides guests with superb game viewing – lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo are all seen regularly in the stunning valley that surrounds the camp. Most importantly, the camp is far away from other lodges and camps providing guests with great game viewing ‘away from the masses’.

Situated in southwest Kenya, the Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area spanning more than 30,000 hectares. It is home to a spectacular array of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals; including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and large concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Leopard Gorge, in the heart of the conservancy, is famous as the setting of countless BBC Big Cat Diaries and National Geographic documentaries. Neighboring the well-known Maasai Mara National Reserve, this conservancy is vital for sustaining the famous Serengeti wildebeest migrations as well as the highly-threatened African wild dog and black rhino.

ACTIVITIES

  • Day and night game drives
  • Walking safaris from camp in the Olare Orok Valley
  • Bush meals – breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner
  • Sundowners
  • Learn to fire a masai bow and arrow or throw a spear or try your hand at beading with the ladies from the community
  • Cultural visits to a traditional Masai village
  • Hot air balloon safaris across the Masai Mara…a truly spectacular way to view the wildlife and scenery
  • Keiyaki guiding schools visits
  • Line fishing on the Olare Orok River

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are 5 tents set up as either doubles or twins, with a large double bed and a large single bed in the tent. All tents have flush loos, safari showers and jugs of water for the basins.

There are also two family tents. Each has two sleeping areas, one with a large double bed and the other with two or three single beds. There are two safari showers, loos and basins in these tents.

All tents have a large verandah, with a table for private dining and chairs to relax on.

PROPERTY FACILITIES AND SERVICES

24-hour Security, Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Babysitting Service, Room Service

ROOM FACILITIES

En-Suite, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

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Virunga Lodge/Twin Lakes Burera & Ruhondo

The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges. The lodge is perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east.

It offers uniquely decorated rooms in the Rwandese style, scrumptious food and exceptional personalized service by carefully trained staff. It is the first accommodation choice for the luxury traveler tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.

Located at the base of the Volcano Muhabura in northern Rwanda, the Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo are picturesque blue water masses surrounded by the virunga high hills and separated by a one-kilometer strip of land. Visitors can take canoe or boat trips along the waters to take in the magnificent views. Other activities include gorilla trekking or golden monkey tracking in the neighboring Volcanoes National Park, cultural tours from Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, or visiting the tropical Musanze Caves. The lakes’ Swamp Rugezi is one of the most important birding areas of Rwanda, and provides a photogenic, serene area to see a number of species. The lakes provide a wonderful opportunity to see people fishing along the shorelines with traditional methods, such as using self-made canoes (consisting of a single piece of wood), fish-nets and hooks.

ACTIVITIES

  • Gorilla tracking
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Intore Dancers – The troupe perform the traditional Rwandan ballet called The Intore
  • Visit Dian Fossey’s Grave
  • Birding
  • Climb a Volcano
  • Lake Bulera Village Walk
  • Virunga Water Tank Project
  • Virunga “One Sheep per Family” Community Project
  • Dian Fossey Map Room

ROOM CONFIGURATION

• 10 luxurious bandas (6 Doubles, 2 Twins, 2 Deluxe). Each banda has a private terrace from which guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes. All are luxuriously appointed, with the accent on vibrant Rwandese fabrics and stylish locally inspired furniture

• All rooms are complete with a fireplace, en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity and shower with hot & cold running water. All included is:

  • Wifi access in the main lodge building and Dian Fossey Map Room.
  • One complimentary massage per guest.
  • Full board accommodation including all soft drinks and house alcoholic beverages.
  • Complimentary laundry and boot cleaning service.
  • Personal butler service for all guests.
  • Power sockets/charging facilities and hairdryers in the rooms. No air conditioners.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Library, Mobile Connectivity, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Verandah

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