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Serengeti & Silverbacks

Trip Length

Trip Code

15 days PFSS

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania

Start City

End City

Nairobi Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda
Serengeti & Silverbacks

Combine the amazing wildlife experiences on the East African savannahs with a trek in the forests of Rwanda to visit the mountain gorilla. This is the ultimate wildlife adventure in which we get to meet and interact with a multitude of iconic African wild animals in their natural habitat. Lake Nakuru welcomes us with flocks of pink flamingos resplendently feeding on the soda lake in the midst of the Great Rift Valley. In the East Africa Mission Orphanage, we encounter a heart-warming human story unfolding. The Masai Mara and the adjoining Serengeti National Park make up one of nature’s great playgrounds, where large herds of zebras, wildebeests and gazelles mingle amidst elephants, giraffes and rhinos, all the while looking out for their erstwhile predators – lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. The fabled Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara provide more incredible sightings. Flying to Rwanda, our wildlife encounter takes on a different slant as we journey into the jungles and come face-to-face with the mountain gorillas. The opportunity to encounter these gentle and contemplative creatures up close is sure to be something you’ll remember forever.

Serengeti & Silverbacks


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Accommodation: Panafric Hotel or similar, Nairobi

Activities:

Day 2: Lake Nakuru

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar, Lake Nakuru

Activities:

Day 3: Lake Nakuru

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar, Lake Nakuru

Activities:

Day 4-5: Masai Mara National Reserve

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: JK Mara Camp or similar, Masai Mara

Activities:

Day 6: Migori

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 7-8: Serengeti National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar, Serengeti

Activities:

Day 9: Ngorongoro Highlands

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar, Ngorongoro Highlands

Activities:

Day 10: Ngorongoro Highlands

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar, Ngorongoro Highlands

Activities:

Day 11: Ngorongoro Highlands - Kigali

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Lemingo Hotel or similar, Kigali

Activities:

Day 12: Kigali - Ruhengeri (Muzanse)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or similar, Kinigi Village

Activities:

Day 13: Parc National des Volcans (Gorilla Trekking Day)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or similar, Kinigi Village

Activities:

Day 14: Optional Extra Trek - Kigali

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Lemingo Hotel or similar, Kigali

Activities:

Day 15: Kigali

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Kigali, Kigali

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

The flight from Kilimangaro to Kigali on Day 11 is not included. Please ensure you book a flight that departs Kilimanjaro after 2pm.

What's Included

• The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local tour leader.

• Gorilla trek in Parc National des Volcans, with one pre-purchased gorilla trekking permit.

• Free day in Parc National des Volcans for further optional excursions.

• City tour of Kigali including the Genocide Museum (including entrance fees where applicable).

• Arrival transfer.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, airport departure taxes, visas, meals unless specified in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Fitness

You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the safari vehicles. However please note that the roads, particularly in Kenya, are in quite poor condition and you may experience a fair amount of bouncing around.

As there are several different gorilla families that can be visited, the fitness level required for the gorilla trek is not as important as it would be for a similar activity in Uganda. You will be assigned to a trekking group on the day of your trek and your fitness level will be taken into account when determining which gorilla family you are allocated.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Kenya
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Kenya. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Kenya visas are easily obtained at the airport or border crossing at a cost of US$50 for most nationalities based on single entry. For some nationalities a single entry Kenya visa allows the person to enter Kenya more than once provided travel is only between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda within a 30-day period.

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA: Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days.

Rwanda
For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy.

Kenya
For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website.

Uganda
For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website.

The visa costs US$100.

Rwanda

Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians currently require a visa for Rwanda. No visas are required for British or American passport holders for stays up to one month. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. PLEASE NOTE: All tourists requiring visas MUST pre-register for their visa prior to arrival in Rwanda, see below for details.

BEFORE YOU DEPART YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:

Log on to http://www.migration.gov.rw. Fill out all of the information listed on the single entry visa form. Full Name, Occupation, Gender, Father's Full Name, Mother's Full Name, Spouse's Full Name, Nationality, Passport Details, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Country of Birth, Proposed Address in Rwanda (please contact Peregrine for details), Proposed Dates of Arrival and Departure from Rwanda, Entry Point (will generally be Kigali Airport unless arriving overland), Purpose of Visit, Details of previous Rwanda visit, current Address Details and Phone Number. Ignore the box to upload the Invitation Letter.

PLEASE DO NOT use a Hotmail address as you will be likely to not receive your acceptance letter. A pre-registration acceptance letter will be emailed to you which you MUST print out and take with you to present on arrival in Rwanda. If you have any questions please contact your travel agent or the team at Peregrine.

A single entry visa can by purchased for US$30 at the border/airports for most nationalities, HOWEVER you must have your pre-registration acceptance letter printed. USD cash is the only accepted form of payment for visas and please note that the cash must be 2006 series notes or later.

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA: Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days.

Rwanda
For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy.

Kenya
For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website.

Uganda
For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website.

The visa costs US$100.

Tanzania
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Tanzania. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Care must be taken to ensure that your visa does not expire before your proposed date of entry to Tanzania (visas are usually valid for three months from the date of issue). It is recommended that visas should be obtained before departure. A visa fee of US$50 is charged to most foreign nationals. A visa fee of US$100 is charged for US citizens.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Kenya

East Africa-Lonely Planet

Going Down River Road-Meja Mwangi

Out Of Africa-Karen Blixen

Night Of The Lions - Kuki Gullimann

African Nights - Kuki Gullimann

Rwanda

Rwanda - Bradt Guide East Africa - Lonely Planet

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families - Phillip Gourevitch

Gorillas in the Mist - Dian Fossey

Shake Hands With The Devil : The Failure of Humanity In Rwanda - Romeo Dallaire

The Rwanda Crisis - History of a Genocide - Gerard Prunier

Tanzania

East Africa - Lonely Planet

Going Down River Road - Meja Mwangi

Flame Trees of Thika - Elspeth Huxley


Important Information

Please Note: In certain brochures, the Wildlife Park Fees for the Serengeti & Silverbacks tour have not been noted. However these fees are payable at time of full payment.

The flight from Kilimanjaro to Kigali on Day 11 is not included. Please ensure you book a flight that departs  Kilimanjaro after 2:00 pm.

For departures with a group size of less than 6 people, this trip will be operated in a 4x4 Landcruiser vehicle with 1 driver/guide, rather than in the 12-seater safari truck

Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. The infrastructure in Africa is not always what we are used to and travelling on their roads can sometimes be very bumpy experiences. The travelling times indicated in our Trip Notes is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

9 February 2014


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