8 Days of Rwanda Gorilla Trek & Maasai Mara

Tour Plan

Start/End: Kigali/Nairobi

Status: Private Tour, departs on any day, open all year round

Vehicle used: 4/4 Land Cruiser

Accommodations: Tented Camp/Lodge

Kigali – 1 Night, Volcanoes – 2 Nights, Nairobi – 1 Night & Maasai Mara – 3 Nights

Activities: Kigali City Tour, Gorilla trek, photography, nature walk, game drives, sightseeing, balloon ride, cultural visit & birding


Day 1: Kigali – Arrival

Arrive at Kigali Airport and be transferred to city hotel for overnight stay.

Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel/The Manor Kigali

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast


Day 2: Kigali – Transfer to Volcanoes National Park (Approx. 2-3 hours)

You will be picked by our guide from Kigali hotel and head for a Kigali city tour visiting Genocide memorial ground where over 25000 bodies of victims of genocide were given a decent burial. Later have lunch in a local restaurant before a drive to Musanze, Volcanoes National Park.

Overnight: The Bishop’s House/Five Volcanoes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 3: Gorilla Trek Experience, transfer to Kigali

Arise early and have breakfast, at 6.30 a.m. thereafter be transferred to the park’s headquarters, Office of Tourism in Kinigi where you are briefed by the park ranger about the rules and regulations governing Gorilla tracking before you head off to the jungle in search for these gentle giants. The gorilla trek can last from an hour to six hours depending on the gorilla’s movements and although the trek is strenuous it is rewarding at the end. You will be given an hour with the gorilla to take as many pictures and just enjoy watching them play. You will have picnic lunch and later trek back to start point. In the afternoon, ready for local community encounter where you visit the Iby’ Iwacu cultural center where you will get to know the real traditional history of Rwanda pas kingship leadership, marriage, beer making, local herbs to mention but a few.

Overnight: The Bishop’s House/Five Volcanoes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 4: Volcanoes – Kigali Airport (Travel Time +2hrs) – Transfer to Nairobi by flight

After an early morning breakfast, embark on the drive from volcanoes back to Kigali. You will be dropped off at the airport for a late afternoon/early evening flight to Nairobi. Arrive in Nairobi and be picked by our driver and dropped off at booked city hotel.

Overnight: Tamarind Tree Hotel/Nairobi Serena Hotel

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast


Day 5: Nairobi – Transfer to Maasai Mara, Approx. 5 hours

You will be picked by our tour guide/driver from your Nairobi hotel at 6.30a.m. Depart for Mara immediately to arrive in time for lunch. Later have game drive at 3p.m. till 6p.m.

Overnight: Zebra Plains or Basecamp/Sarova Mara/Entim or Mara Bush Camp/Kichwa Tembo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 6 & 7: Maasai Mara – Full day

Spend this day with a full-day game drive in search of the big five and many other wildlife that inhabits these beautiful savannah plains. There will be picnic lunch on the banks of Mara River.

Optional activities: Hot air balloon & guided nature walks

Overnight: Zebra Plains or Basecamp/Sarova Mara/Entim or Mara Bush Camp/Kichwa Tembo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 8: Maasai Mara – Transfer to Nairobi

Have another early morning game drive then return to the camp for breakfast. Thereafter depart for Nairobi with lunch en route.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

  • All government taxes/VAT
  • Park entry fees
  • 7-night accommodation and meals as mentioned in the tour description
  • Drinking water
  • Game drives in a 4*4 Land Cruiser all with a pop-up roof to facilitate game viewing and photography
  • Services of professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Internal flights; Kigali – Nairobi
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • All airport transfers in all areas
  • International flights from home and back
  • Tips & porterage
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Other personal items
  • Optional Activities: Balloon ride ($450 per person), Maasai Village visit and any other activity not in the tour description above
Rate depend on:
  • Number of people traveling
  • Date or month (hotels have different rates throughout the year)
  • Any other special request i.e. children and their ages

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