12 Days Northern Kenya & Rwanda Safari

12 Day Northern Kenya & Rwanda Safari

Destinations: Aberdare National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Samburu National Reserve, Nyungwe National park
Highlights: semi-arid landscape, the ‘northern five’, the big five, beautiful birds, amazing Primates of Rwanda and beautiful Rwandan Rolling hills.

Day 1: Nairobi – Aberdares National Park

Depart Nairobi and head north into Kenya’s fertile central highlands. You will pass roadside stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables as well as some of Kenya’s largest plantations and orchards; and many regional towns bustling with day to day activity.
After enjoying lunch at the Aberdare Country Club, you will be transferred with your overnight bag to The Ark in the Aberdares National Park. At The Ark, there are optional activities to choose from including game drives, walking safaris and guided bird walks – or you can just enjoy the views from one of the three viewing decks. After dinner, settle in and enjoy viewing the procession of animals at the waterhole. Night time is particularly spectacular, when it is possible to spot many animals which are nocturnal or shy animals that can elude you during daytime game drives.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Aberdares National Park – Ol Pejeta Conservancy

We advise you raise early to catch some of the best viewing from the rear decks. You have the opportunity to have an early morning walk or game drive before departing back to the Aberdare Country Club. Here you will be met by your safari driver and will proceed further north, for the short drive to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy where you will arrive in time for check in and lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy your first game drive with the opportunity to view the big five, as well as some of Kenya’s usual plains animals. Spend some time at the marshland which is a favourite haunt for elephant and waterbuck and then return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Rise early for a morning game drive and then return to the lodge for breakfast. You can choose to relax at the lodge, or continue searching for game and visiting areas of interest in the conservancy. Previously known as Sweetwaters, Ol Pejeta is a privately-owned 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy. Originally a cattle ranch, in some areas you will still see wildlife and cattle grazing happily side by side. The conservancy sits on the equator, high on a plateau, between the foothills of the Aberdares range and Mount Kenya. It hosts a wide variety of animals, including the ‘big five’, plus many bird species. On a clear day, and normally in the morning, you may have panoramic views of Mt Kenya and her snow-capped peaks. The conservancy has a variety of habitats including thick scrub, marshlands, rivers and open plains. Ol Pejeta is committed to conservation and has a number of projects to protect endangered species, including white and black rhino. They also have a Jane Goodall chimpanzee sanctuary which is home to primates who have been rescued from abusive or captive situations. There are a number of unique experiences which you can add to a safari including a night game drive and lion tracking (booked locally).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast and a morning game drive, depart Ol Pejeta and drive further north, descending from the Laikipia Plateau to Kenya’s arid north. Proceed to your lodge in Samburu National Park for check in and lunch. In the afternoon enjoy your first game drive in the park. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Samburu National Reserve

Depart on a very early game drive to try to spot the early risers in the park. After breakfast you can choose to relax at your accommodation or undertake a full day game drive in Shaba or Bufallo Springs. Return to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Samburu National Reserve – Nairobi 

Rise early for a game drive, then return for breakfast and pack up camp/check out. Depart for Nairobi, stopping for lunch enroute.
Around 340km north east of Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve is part of three small adjoining reserves that lie on either side of the Northern Ewaso Ngiro River. Covering 300sq km in total, the three parks (Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba) are some of the least visited of Kenya’s game parks, but where you are likely to have some close animal encounters. Not only can you see the big five, but also some other species which are not present in Kenya’s most popular reserves including the oryx, gerenuk and Grevy’s zebra.

The landscape is spectacular and the semi-arid savannah has vegetation made up of palms, woodland along the river, acacia woodland and dusty scrubland. Bird life is also abundant here with different species of eagles, pygmy falcons, sand grouse and large flocks of crazy guinea fowl.
Be prepared for hot temperatures, as they regularly reach 40 centigrade in the day, even if it rains.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Nairobi – Kigali

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be received by our driver/guide and be transferred to your hotel in Kigali arriving for overnight on bed and breakfast.

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 – Nyungwe National Park via Kings Palace museum, Enthographic museum

After breakfast your guide will be waiting to pick you up and you will depart for Nyungwe National park which takes about 6 ½  hrs drive via Butare visiting enroute, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza. The museum was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government with some ethnic collection, the design and concept all realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren; Belgium. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to the theme giving premium information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994.Have Lunch in Butare and thereafter continue to Nyungwe national park arriving for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Nyungwe National Park

Take an early morning breakfast then with your packed lunch drive to this park for the starting point of your chimpanzee trek. Two species of chimpanzee occur in Africa. There is the Bonobo and the Common Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes (often shortened to Chimpanzee, and sometimes referred to as the Robust Chimpanzee). The largest remaining populations occur in central Africa (Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon). About only 400 individuals, the population in Rwanda is an endangered one. However; it should be mentioned that it is not guaranteed to see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day. Nyungwe National Park is the largest block of montane forest in East and Central Africa and it is an incredibly rich area of biodiversity. Later depart for your nature walk visiting Kamiranzovu waterfall. The forest comprises amongst many things at least 200 tree species over 280 bird species and more than 100 different types of colorful butterfly which make it a true feast of the senses for the nature lover. Later return for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast today with your packed lunch we head again to the National Park, you will have the opportunity to do the Columbus monkey trekking. The most famous of Nyungwe primates is the Ruwenzori Columbus a race of the further wide spread Angola Columbus which is confined to the Albertine Rift. The Ruwenzori Columbus is extremely arboreal as well as acrobatic leaf-eater, simply differentiated from any different primate discovered in Nyungwe by its contrastive black general colour in addition to snow-white whiskers, shoulders plus tail tip. Have your lunch then go for the canopy walk which sets 50 me­ters above the ground with a 150-meter walkway and is the first of its kind in East Africa and third on the continent after South Africa and Ghana. It allows visitors to see the forest from above the trees and be at eye level with birds and monkeys that inhabit the upper storeys of the forest. Return to your hotel/lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Nyungwe National park – Kigali

After breakfast you will depart for Kigali in time for transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch,

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