Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kigali, you will most likely enter Rwanda at Kigali International Airport.
Welcome to Kigali! If you would like to explore Kigali fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier to give yourself the time to see some of the highlights in the city. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kigali before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kigali.
There will be a group meeting today at our joining hotel at 18:00 - your tour leader will meet you at the hotel reception. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.
This morning we leave Kigali to spend three days treking the Congo Nile Trail.
Estimated drive time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
On the first day the truck will drop us at the start of the trail. We will only need a day pack as the truck will then drive ahead and begin to set up camp for us at the end of the first days walk. There are some stunning views across Lake Kivu so don't forget your camera!
The next morning we are up early to continue the trail, winding through the local villages and coffee plantations along the lake and soaking up the wonderful Rwandan culture and hospitality. The truck will once again be there to meet us at the end of the day at camp.
At the end of our third day on this beautiful trail our crew will collect us from our finishing point and we will return to the comforts of Kigali for the evening.
This morning we are up early for a long drive day across to Bukoba in Tanzania. In Bukoba we will stay in a well equiped campsite on the shore of Lake Victoria with options to upgrade into traditional Bandas for the 2 nights we will be here.
Estimated drive time - 9-10 hours
The following day we have time to enjoy the multitude of activities that Bukoba has to offer.
Today we will be heading to Mwanza for two nights. We are going to be camping in the grounds of the local Yacht Club, famous for its Seafood restaurant. You can even become a member of the club!
The following day we will have the whole day free to explore the town and participate in all the activities on offer.
Estimated drive time - 8-9 hours
This morning we will head up into the hills of Bunda. We will stay in a campsite with incredbile views. This afternoon we will take a guided walk on which we will experience the vistas of Lake Victoria as well as the Serengeti! There are also oportunities for bird watching and canoeing.
Estimated drive time - 3-4 hours
Today we will be met by our fleet of 6-person 4x4 jeeps - we will load the jeeps with our camping and personal gear, and then head out for our 4-day excursion to the Tarangire National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, leaving our truck behind.
We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 4 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.
We will have safety talk with our safari guides and then we will make our way down into the plains of the Serengeti. We will take an game drive around the savanna before heading to our campsite - the area is one of the world's premier spot for wildlife viewing and we hope to able to find elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe and other big game during our time here!
Tonight we will stay at a campsite within the Serengeti National Park. The camp where we stay is very basic (with showers and flush toilets, but no other facilities) but is located right in the middle of the plains, surrounded by animals and their nocturnal noises! Your leader will outline the basic safety rules to be followed when camping in an unfenced location where wild animals are present.
The next morning we will get up very early and we set off in our jeeps for an early morning game drive in the heart of the Serengeti plains. The early morning is the best time of day for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals are at their most active while it is still cool.
There is an option this morning for to take a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti instead of the game drive - demand is high for this activity, so this must be pre-booked at the time that you book your trip with Dragoman.
We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then aim to exit the Serengeti early afternoon. We will head back through the conservation area to our next campsite, on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, where we will arrive in the early evening.
Again, the campsite tonight is very basic and unfenced. It can often be quite cold on the crater rim so it is recommended that you take some warm clothes for this night.
The next morning we will have another early start to descend into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive. Again, the Ngorongoro Crater is an outstanding area for wildlife spotting, often described as a 'natural wildlife enclosure'. This is the best chance on the excursion to spot black rhinos as well as a myriad of other big game.
We will spend as long as our entry tickets allow in the Ngorongoro Crater before departing, which will usually give us about 3-4 hours of game driving.
Then on to a full day drive within Tarangire National Park the following day. You should have many oportunities for photographs so remember your cameras!
Once we make it into our camp site for the evening will will have our evening meal before the opportunity for a night game drive to Lake Manyara.
On our final day of this excursion we have an optional bike ride or bush walk along the shore of Lake Manyara. Then we will experience the view from the birds perspective with a tree top walkway followed by a traditional Swahili buffet for lunch. We will then be dropped off at our campsite back in Mto Wa Mbu, where we are re-united with our truck.
We will have a well-deserved free afternoon to relax at our excellent campsite or to do some of the optional activites on offer here.
Today we will corss into Kenya and make our way into Nairobi, the last stop on this trip. We should arrive in time to enjoy a range of optional activities such as the Langata Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum and The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
Estimated drive time - 6-7 hours
Border information: If you are finishing in Nairobi, you will most likely exit Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Nairobi. Please note, there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation in order to fully explore the area.
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Trip Name: Lake Victoria - Kigali to Nairobi
Duration: 15 Days
From Price: $3,800
Supplier Tour ID: YGN1/207893
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