11 Days Best of Kenya and Rwanda

11 Day Best Of Kenya and Rwanda

Destinations: Amboseli National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Volcanoes National Park Rwanda.
Highlights: Masai Mara, Big Five and Mountain Gorilla experience

This itinerary explores some of Kenya’s and Rwanda’s best destinations at a good pace so that you have time to enjoy each unique place. You can also add a beach break at the end.
Day 1: Arrive Nairobi

At the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your oasis in Nairobi. Depending on when your flight lands, you will have the day/evening to relax at hotel.

Meals: Not included
Accommodation: Fair view hotel

Day 2: Nairobi – Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – AFEW Giraffe Centre – Kazuri Bead Workshop – Nairobi

At 10:00 depart for a day of up close memorable experiences with some of Kenya’s beautiful animals and people.

1. Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Made even more popular by the BBC’s show ‘Elephant Diaries’, this is where you can get up close and learn about the complex life of baby elephants (and sometimes baby rhino). During your hour-long visit you will be informed about the success the Sheldrick’s are having raring these orphans and reintroducing them back into Kenya’s wild. You will be at the orphanage for their feeding and play time which is a delight to watch.

2. AFEW Langata Giraffe Centre
Have you ever been kissed with an 18 inch tongue? Once almost extinct, you can now handfeed the endangered Rothschild giraffes. It is quite an experience being eye to eye with a giraffe – you can get a real sense of the size of these gentle giants. There is also an education centre with lots of information about the breeding and conservation of the rarest of Kenya’s three giraffe species.

3. Kazuri Bead Workshop
Visit one of Kenya’s business success stories. Established in the 1970s, this pottery, ceramic and bead factory employs all single mothers to make its beautiful gifts and souvenirs – which are now exported all around the world. There is a gift shop which stocks some of their wares. Please note that the workshop is closed Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, however the gift shop is open 7 days.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fair view hotel

Day 3: Nairobi – Nakuru

Depart from Nairobi heading north stopping for spectacular views over the Great Rift Valley. On the way you will see Mt Longonot, Lake Naivasha, road-side markets, and Lake Elementiata. At Lake Nakuru National Park you will enjoy lunch and a full afternoon game drive. Pass through acacia forest, open plains, stop for clifftop views, and even drive down to the lake shore.

Nakuru is famous for blue lake and pink rim, being home to thousands of flamingo that wade in the shallows of the lake. Once home to a third of the world’s flamingo population, numbers do fluctuate depending on water levels. The park is also renowned for the opportunity to spot some of Kenya’s rarest animals – the black rhino, white rhino, leopard and Rothchild’s giraffe.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Nakuru – Hell’s Gate National Park – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, depart Nakuru and head south, passing through Naivasha town and drive around the southern end of the lake, past the flower farms to the entrance of Hell’s Gate National Park. Soon after you enter the park the impressive landscape unfolds before you – a semi-arid world with sheer rugged cliffs, open plains and deep concealed gorges. There are many activities you can do in Hell’s Gate including, walking, cycling, rock climbing, bird watching and trekking through the gorge amongst the geysers – the choice is yours. Enjoy picnic lunch, then mid-afternoon depart for your accommodation on Lake Naivasha for a well-earned hot shower and cold drink.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Mt Longonot – Maji Moto

Rise early, and depart the Naivasha region for Mt Longonot. At the main gate of the National Park you begin the hike up the dormant volcano, rising over 630 metres to the rim of the crater at 2776 metres above sea level. The walk is very steep and craggy in parts and a trek encircling the rim and back to the gate is around nine kilometres. From the rim, there are spectacular views into the crater as well as the surrounding landscape taking in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, open plains, towns and small villages. The crater floor is carpeted by a forest of trees which is home to all sorts of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, buffalo and hartebeest.

From Mt Longonot, head west across the floor of the Rift Valley to the Maasai village of Maji Moto. Here you will be met by your Maasai hosts and check into your traditional Maasai manyatta (tourist standard). Dinner and overnight at the cultural village.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Maji Moto – Masai Mara

Enjoy the morning with the Maasai community visiting the hot springs, and learning about the many projects that they operate to assist their own community – including a widows village, school, beadwork project and medical clinic. Depart the village and drive through Maasai land towards the Masai Mara Reserve. It is possible to see animals at any point, so keep an eye out. After lunch, proceed into the reserve for an afternoon game drive. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Masai Mara

Enjoy a full day game viewing with picnic lunch on the Mara River over-looking the hippo pools and across to the Serengeti. Return to accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Kenya’s most popular reserve, the Masai Mara covers 1,510 sqkm and is an extension of the Serengeti eco system. Although animal populations are good year round, the spectacular migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra during the months of July to October is what many come to see. Resident large animals are varied, plentiful and easy to see, with around 100 species recorded including the ‘big five’ – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino – as well as giraffe, hippo, cheetah, hyena, zebra and numerous species of antelope. The reserve is also rich in birdlife with over 450 species seen in recent times, including many spectacular birds of prey.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Masai Mara – Nairobi  – Kigali

After breakfast, undertake a morning game drive before departing the Masai Mara for Nairobi – where you will arrive around 17:00 and transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Kigali, Rwanda. Arriving late for your hotel check in and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 8:  Kigali – Gisozi Genocide Memorial – Kimironko Market  – Kigali City – Nyamirambo women center.

At 10:00 depart for a day of up close memorable experiences with some Rwanda beautiful people and culture.

1. Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site

The was officially opened on April 7th, 2004 (on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide). This site was built to commemorate the 250,000 Tutsis murdered during the genocide. Special tribute goes to the Aegis Trust, a UK based charity organization in collaboration with the Kigali High Council. Aegis signifies “shield” or “trust”. This organization campaigns against crimes against humanity and genocide. It was established in 2000.

The memorial site has the following: the main historical exhibition, a Children’s Memorial exhibition and an exhibition on comparative genocide – called Wasted Lives. The 4-acre memorial gardens contain 10 mass graves and the National Genocide Documentation Centre

2. Kimironko Market

This is a huge local market. You can buy almost anything there. Alley upon alley of fascinating products / produce and vendors. I loved the bantering interaction with the vendors. Outside the main market, stalls sell everything from meat and fish to sunglasses and household items.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Kigali – Ruhengeri

After your morning breakfast, depart for Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The Virungas  . Arrive in time for your hotel check in. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 10; Gorilla trekking

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience on the gorilla trek tour. Once you spot the gorillas, you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. Return to your hotel for lunch and later afternoon at leisure.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 11; Golden Monkey – Kigali

After an early breakfast, you will again drive to the park headquarters where you will have briefings and formalities for the golden monkeys trekking. The golden monkeys are rare, beautiful, and distinctive bamboo-associated primates of the blue monkey family and endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley. After golden monkeys trekking, you will have lunch and then enjoy the scenic transfer back to Kigali with onward transfer to the airport for your evening outbound flight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch,

 

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