Lake Manyara National Park- Tanzania Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation

January 12, 2013

Lake Manyara National Park- Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation.

Lake Manyara National Park- Tanzania Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation

Located in Tanzania’s northern tourism circuit, lake Manyara is a lovely scenic gem, a lush green paradise enjoying spectacular settings against the a back-drop of 600 m high rift-valley escarpments.    Though receiving less than 800ml of rainfall much of the park is covered by the ever green ground water forest.  The ground water  forest resembles a rain forest with tall large trees, lianas, struggling fig trees and canopy.  The ground ever green forest is home to a variety of wildlife. Primates thriving in the forest include the blue monkeys, baboons and vervet monkey.  Forest birds like the silvery-cheecked horn-bills abound. Also found here are the guinea fowls.

Lake Manyara is also a perfect bird watcher’s paradise with 400 species of birds recorded.  The star of this afivauna are the large flocks of pink feathered flamingos on the lake shores.  The availability of geothermal heated hot-springs makes it possible for the green algae, spiralina (food of flamingos) to thrive. Other wanders (water birds) to be found on the lake shores are pelicans, storks, jacanas, egrets, plovers, ducks and geese. Elephants and other mammals do visit the forest too.

Found in lake Manyara are the tree climbing lions.  Tree climbing lions are also to be found in Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti Parks.  In Uganda, will find them in Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. They climb up the trees to avoid the often painful bite of the tsetse flies.

Other big mammals in the park include buffaloes, zebra, giraffe, impala, waterbucks, klipspringer ( on the cliffs), leopards, warthogs, mongoose.

Another attraction in Lake Manyara is the Mto wa Mbu, a multi-ethnic with lively colourful markets and thriving cultural tourism programmes.  The central market is quite impressive with all the local produce including the Masai beads and shukas.  The cultural tourism programe includes visits to shambas (Farms). This visits the local farms where you will witness and even participate in making of banana beer (mbege).  Other excursions from Mto wa Mbu includes hikes to Lake Miwaleni, Balaa Hill or Njoro hotsprings.  Canoeing is also available on the west side of the lake when the water is high.

If you happen to be around on 22 of any month, visit the mnada, the animal auction market which attracts buyers from all over the country.

Activities in Lake Manyara National Park

Besides bird watching and game drives one can enjoy canoeing, mountain biking, micro lifting, night game drives, bush dinners, forest walks, birding. Outside the park one can enjoy the local cultural tourism programs.

Getting To Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is approximately 120 Km from Arusha.  Give it  a 2 hours drive.  The park is best visited from June to September.  A 4×4 car is recommended. 

Accommodation in Lake Manyara

Most of accommodation facilities are outside the park within Mto wa Mbu and the surrounding area. Inside the park accommodation is limited to campsites.

Lodge and Luxury Accommodation

High class accommodation is available at the following lodges and tented camps.  Expect to pay about USD 210 per person per night on full board.

  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

  • Kirurumu Tented Lodge

  • Lake Manyara Hotel

  • Migunga Forest Camp

Car Hire Nairobi Mombasa Airport, Malindi Car Rental Kenya

December 22, 2012

Car Hire Nairobi Mombasa Airport Malindi Kenya

Car Hire Nairobi Mombasa Airport || Car Rental Nairobi Malindi Kenya, Self Drive Services

R&N Car hire offers one way car rentals  also called rent it here leave it there between Nairobi and Mombassa.   Cars are available from Jomo Kenyatta airport or Nairobi city centre. Cars are also delivered to your hotel on request.  One way car rental rates will differ from normal rates depending on duration of hire.  Rates are quoted per day .  A day refer to 12 hours of day-light not 24 hours. FUEL:  OUR POLICY IS WE GIVE THE CAR EMPTY DRY LEASE AND YOU RETURN IT EMPTY.

Car Hire Nairobi Mombasa Discounted Rates/ Price: The rates below will apply for all rentals below 4 days.  Any rental exceeding 5 days will attract a better rate. depending on length of hire.  Cars available include Toyota rav4, prado, Mitsubishi pajero i/o, Toyota corolla, Alphard, Land Cruiser, Safari Mini Van and may more.

Self Drive Car Hire Rates per day on self drive, No fuel

  • Toyota Corolla and all Sedans USD 80 per day
  • Toyota RAV4 USD 150 per day
  • Toyota prado USD 200 per day

Car Hire with driver No fuel

  • All Salon Cars USD 100 per day
  • Toyota Rav4 USD 170 per day
  • Toyota prado USD 200 per day
  • Safari land cruiser USD 200 per day
  • Safari Mini Van USD 170 per day

To Hire Car Contact R&N Car Hire

Tel +254723684974

Email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Car Hire Insurance

All self drive cars come with comprehensive insurance cover. Comprehensive cover include the following

  • Theft Protection waiver (TPW)
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • Excess Liability Waiver (ELW)

The terms and conditions of the insurance cover of a particular vehicle are transferred to the hirer for the entire period of hire.  RECOMMENDED INSURANCE-personal travel insurance cover.

Term of Hire

Deposit Upon Confirmation of Booking

All confirmed booking must be secured by a deposit via a credit card or bank transfer. no booking will be confirmed without a deposit.  Deposit will be determined by the length of rental. 

Driver Age/ Driving License

The hire must be between 23 years of age and 70 years of age.  The hirer must present a valid driving licence recognized by any authority.  An international driving licence is not a must.  Also one must have valid identification document.  All Kenyans and East Africans wishing to hire cars must produce further proof of identification.  The officer in charge of a location has the right to decline one car hire if he feels the safety of the car is not guaranteed. Such refusal is not subject of review by any other employee of the company or owners.

Chauffeur driven Services/ Car hire with driver

We do offer Chauffeur driven services between Nairobi and Mombasa.  Being tour drivers, they do not usually observe the 8:00 to 17:00 Hrs work schedule.  Work for our drivers is usually assignment driven.  As the hirer you are expected to issue reasonable instructions to the driver. The driver is at your disposal. However an overworked driver is likely to cause accidents. 

Driving Code

In Kenya we keep left.  The hirer or his official driver is expected to observe all traffic rules.  At all junctions and round     about, give way to people coming from your right. Pay all parking fees and any fines as a result of speeding. Driving along Mombasa road can be dangerous.  That road is “owned” by the trailers.  Give way to them all the time irrespective of your right of way. Avoid driving under influence.  If you must drink and drive, drink water or milk.

Highway requirements:  

For car rental or hire in Kenya, like other countries the police checks can ruin your trip. To avoid complications with the Kenya police, make sure that the car rental company or individual has the necessary papers for the car.  These include Current insurance certificate.  Car Accessories -spare wheel, jack, fire extinguisher, life saver triangle.  Car Rental to remote Northern Kenya requires extra tyres and tubes at your own expense.

Pick up and drop off points: 

Cars can be picked from Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi hotel or their respective airport and returned to the same..  Cars can also be picked dropped off  at our Nairobi offices in Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi or at any other agreed location at the expiry of rental. We do airport transfers from Jomo Kenyatta international airport (Nairobi), Moi International Airport Mombasa to the town centre or any destination. 

Airport transfers between JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) to the city hotels will take between 20 and 30minutes depending on the traffic situation and your hotel of destination.

We also offer taxi services between Nairobi Hotels and the airports. 

Weekly and monthly rental

These rentals are available on request.

Optional Equipments:

Car rental may include the following items on request- toddler / baby seat, camping gear, water container ,camping gear is available at extra cost. Extra Spare Wheels-When going to remote Northern Kenya, we may require that you meet the cost of extra tyres and tubes.  Any unused tyres and tubes upon return of the car will be compensated.

Car Hire Links

R&N Car Hire || 4×4 Car Hire Nairobi Mombasa / Malindi  || Car Hire Mombasa Nairobi Airport/ Malindi || 4×4 Car Rental Nairobi || Car Hire Jomo Kenyatta Airport

An Enchanting Odyssey > Serengeti Migration Gorilla Trekking And Tracking Safari 10 days

December 8, 2012

An Enchanting Odyssey -Serengeti Migration Gorilla Trekking Safari 10 days.

This 10 days 9 nights gorilla tracking safari in Rwanda and Tanzania can be organized from any corner of the world.  Connecting flights are available from Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Sydney, Dubai.  Flights connect via Johannesburg in South Africa, Nairobi Kenya and Kilimanjaro Tanzania.

Day 1. Arusha – Ngorongoro Safari
Distance: 190 km (4 hrs.)
On arrival you will be met by the representatives of and driven to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area crossing on the way the small villages of Mto Wa Mbu and Karatu with unique views of the high altitude rain forest surrounding the ring. Dinner & overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/ Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge-B/L/D

Often described as the “Eighth” Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro crater is so spectacular that it touches all the senses. A volcanic crater of over 259 square kilometres with surrounding walls rising 609 metres above it, the crater is a natural sanctuary for over 25,000 animals, including the black rhino. It is also a conservation area inhabited by the Masai tribe.

Day 2. Ngorongoro Safari full day
Breakfast and departure for a full day of game viewing discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Picnic lunch. Dinner & overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, B, L,D.

Day 3. Ngorongoro – Serengeti Safari
Distance: 145 km (3 hrs 30 min.).
After breakfast, depart to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge , the archaeological site made famous by Louis & Mary Leakey. Lunch and afternoon game drive in the most famous of all the sanctuaries and one of the last great strongholds of wildlife in the world. Dinner & overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge/Serengeti Sopa Lodge, B, L,D.

Day 4. Serengeti Safari full day
Morning and afternoon game drive in the park, with its huge concentration of plain game. All meals and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge/Serengeti Sopa LodgeB/ L/D.

Day 5. Serengeti – Lake Manyara Safari
Distance: 205 km (4 hrs.). After breakfast depart to Manyara. Lunch and afternoon game drive in this superb scenic park set around Lake Manyara , most famous for the tree climbing lions. Dinner & overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge B/ L/D.

Day 6. Lake Manyara-Arusha
Distance: 130 km (2 hrs. 30 min.).
Breakfast and return to Arusha to catch your flight to Kigali.

Arrival Kigali

On arrival at Kigali airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.-Kigali Serena/Chez Lando.

Day7 Kigali City Tour – Kinigi

Breakfast in your hotel is followed by the city tour.  The city tour visits various attractions like the Kandt’s Museum, Kaplaki, Dancing pots and finally the genocide memorial of Gisozi.  Lunch at a city restaurant and drive to Kinigi, the base of gorilla tracking.  This 2Hrs drive takes you through the beautifully terraced hilly countryside of Rwanda to Ruhengeri and further to Kinigi.  Brief stopovers are provided on the way for photography.  Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/  Kinigi Guest House / Sabyinyo Silverback Community Lodge (B/L/D)

Day8  Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park( Parc des Volcans) 

An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park headquarters for group, guide allocation and briefing. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins.  Hiking, trekking and tracking gorillas may take 2-3 hours.  Sight and stay with the Gorillas for one hour. Descend to your hotel for lunch.  In the afternoon visit Lakes Burela and Ruhondo community.  Return to Kinigi in time for dinner. Overnight at  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/  Kinigi Guest House / Sabyinyo Silverback Community Lodge  (B/L/D) (This tour of Lakes  possible if guests finish tracking  on time at no extra cost).

Day9  Gorilla  Tracking Rwanda Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, drive to Kinigi Park headquarters for  guide, group allocation and briefing.  This is followed by a drive to the trail heads where hiking/ trekking begins.  Gorilla Tracking begins upon sighting of the previous night’s nests.  Stay with the gorillas for an hour and return to the base hotel for lunch. In the afternoon drive to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu.  Overnight Kivu Serena Hotel  (B/L/D)

Day10  Ruhengeri / Gisenyi – Kigali-Home

After breakfast drive to Kigali .  Have a city tour followed by lunch.   In the afternoon transfer to the airport for home flight.

The safari Price Prices / Costs

The price are based on per person sharing basis for two

  • Mid range USD 5289 PP Sharing Twin
  • Budget USD 4740 PP Sharing Twin

Enquiries

Contact Gorilla safaris Rwanda

Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com / info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

Tel: +254723684974

Included in the package

  • Accommodation cost per person sharing on full board basis.
  • All Meals at hotel-  Meals indicated as B-Breakfast; L-lunch; D-Dinner
  • Transportation on 4WD fully fuelled and chauffeured
  • All park entry fees
  • Airport Transfers
  • Driver’s Allowance’s allowance
  • 2 Gorilla permits per person
  • Park Entrance fee
  • Use of ranger guides while tracking
  • Complementary tour of Lake Kivu on day 2 if you finish tracking on time.
  • All government taxes
  • Complimentary tour of Genocide memorial of Gisozi the last day if time allow.
  • Plenty of mineral water during your tour.
  • Evacuation cover- This cover by AAR  It covers you for 15 days while in East Africa-  Kenya, Uganda , Rwanda , and Tanzania

The price does not include the following

  • Tips& Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff , Beverages ,Extra meals ,Optional tours, Air fares, Visa fees and Travel Insurance. Guests are advised to take a comprehensive travel insurance prior to arrival

News-Lewa Conservancy Loses 4 more rhinos reducing total to 71

December 5, 2012

(Isiolo, Kenya) – In the past week, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy suffered the demoralizing loss of four rhinos to poachers. Two male black rhinos and two female black rhinos were slaughtered, bringing the population of rhino on Lewa back down to 71 individuals. In a country where the population is slightly above 600 animals, these incidents are a devastating blow to conservation efforts and show the enormous pressure that these animals are under.

Rhinotek, an 11-year-old female rhino was found dead at mid-day on the 1st of December. The initial assessment did not give a clear indication of the cause of death but further veterinary examination established that the animal died from a bullet wound to the stomach. Nyota, a 20-year-old female and Serian, a seven-year-old male were shot dead at approximately 1:00 am, on the 2nd of December. Another carcass, later on identified as Jazz, a male rhino, was discovered mid-afternoon on the 2nd of December. Three of the rhino horn sets were intact and have since been recovered for safekeeping. The poachers managed to remove the other set of horns.

Many experts highlight that Africa’s rhinos are facing the worst poaching crisis in decades, with the most serious poaching upsurges in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Although population figures for both black and white rhinos have increased since 2007, because of the increase in poaching, there is still grave concern for the rhino’s future. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is not immune to this crisis and has lost 10 rhinos in the last three years.

“These incidents serve as a constant reminder of the harsh reality and rapidly escalating threat faced by rhinos. Lewa is now more than ever determined to counter these threats by increasing our security and monitoring efforts, reinforcing the important contribution that Lewa’s wildlife is making to local communities, and minimizing the risk posed to the remaining rhino population,” Mike Watson, Lewa’s CEO reaffirms the commitment towards rhino conservation, despite this most recent setback.

Read more on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Getting to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The critical mass of Lewa is worldwide.  It is a famous destination attracting a diversity of guests, the list of which includes no other than Prince William. From Nairobi, you can either fly or drive into Lewa.  A fly/drive arrangement is possible.  Two road options are available.  From Nairobi you can either drive as follows

  • Road A2-Nairobi-Karatina-Kiganjo-Nanyuki-Subuiga-Lewa
  • Road A2-Nairobi-Makutano(Take B2 Road)-Embu-Meru-Subuiga-Lewa
  • Rent 4×4 car to visit lewa

Whichever road you use, you drive all the way to Isiolo Junction (Subuiga) from where the gate of Lewa is 2 km down Isiolo Road(A2).

Accommodation at Lewa Wildlife conservancy is offered by Lewa House, Lewa Safari Camp, Wilderness Trails, Kifaru House, Sirikoi Camp.

Lewa House consists of the main house and three cottages. It can accommodate in total 12 guests.  It has a large swimming pool

Lewa Safari Camp (USD 180 (Low Season)-USD410(High Season pp sharing) provides 12 tents with a swimming pool. The camp offer spectacular views of snow capped Mt Kenya and Laikipia.

What to do/ Activities at Lewa Wildlife Conservation.

The activities at Lewa are diverse.  Within the sanctuary itself

  1. Game viewing – with the option of day and night drives
  2. Bird
  3. Bush walks with local guides
  4. Lion tracking
  5. Visits to local villages(Bomas)
  6. Visit the pre-historic archaeological site
  7. fly fishing (weather permitting)
  8. Participation in wildlife management activities
  9. Educational talks on the history and day-to-day operation of the conservancy.
  10. Massage and Beauty therapy
  11. Sundowners
  12. Bush meals
  13. Game watching from blinds
  14. Aerial and helicopter rides.
  15. Visits to the nearby attractions and ranches.

To visit Lewa contact

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda Tel +254723684974

Emails: info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

Nairobi Zanzibar Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Hiking Trips, Trekking Prices/ Costs

December 4, 2012

(GSR 005) 4Days Nairobi Gorilla Trekking Tour/ Masai Mara Gorilla Tracking Tour

How close can you be to gorillas. Always listen to your guide.

How close can you be to gorillas. Always listen to your guide.

This safari is designed for the following.

  •  Those already in Nairobi
  • Those coming who have already finished their Masai Mara Migration Safaris and want to combine with Rwanda 4 days gorilla tracking.  Those who want to combine their Serengeti Migration Safaris with Gorilla Tracking Experience.
  • Those in other parts of the world – New York, London, Sydney, Dubai, Moscow, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Boston, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Geneva, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan etc and wants to use Nairobi as base of their gorilla tracking in Rwanda.
  • Those from Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro and wants to go gorilla tracking in Rwanda
  • Those already in Mombasa, Zanzibar and wants to track gorillas in Rwanda

We will help all the above to book their gorilla permits and organize their connecting flights from Nairobi to Kigali, organize their transportation, accommodation and excursions within Rwanda. 

Day 1 Transfer and Flight Nairobi to Kigali

Your driver will pick you from Nairobi City Hotel and transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to Kigali.  The flights depart in the morning and afternoon.  The best are morning flights.  In my opinion Kigali is the smiling city.  The people are beautiful and forever smiling.  Its a wonderful place to be.  On arrival in Kigali you are met and taken for a city tour.

Arrival Kigali And Drive To Musanze (Former Ruhengeri) -Kinigi  

Upon arrival at Kanombe Airport , you are met by your driver who will show you the city and drive you to Kinigi the base of gorilla tracking.  Visit the city sites, have lunch.  After lunch visit the genocide memorial of Gisozi and  drive to Kinigi.  You arrive at Kinigi in time for dinner and overnight.   This 2Hrs drive takes you through the beautifully terraced hilly countryside of Rwanda with lots of photography opportunities.   Brief stop are provided for photography.  Rwanda is safe and you have nothing to fear.  You can get out of your vehicle anywehere.   Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/  La Palme Hotel (Musanze)  / Sabyinyo Silverback Community Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 2 Rwanda-GorillaTracking Volcanoes National Park( Parc des Volcans) 

An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park headquarters for group, guide allocation and briefing. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins.  Hiking, trekking and tracking gorillas may take 2-3 hours.  Sight and stay with the Gorillas for one hour. Descend to your hotel for lunch.  In the afternoon visit Lakes Burela and Ruhondocommunity.  Return to Kinigi in time for dinner.Overnight at  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/  Kinigi Guest House / Sabyinyo Silverback Community Lodge  (B/L/D) (This tour of Lakes  possible if guests finish tracking  on time at no extra cost).

Day 3  Gorilla  Tracking Rwanda Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, drive to Kinigi Park headquarters for  guide, group allocation and briefing.  This is followed by a drive to the trail heads where hiking/ trekking begins.  Gorilla Tracking begins upon sighting of the previous night’s nests.  Stay with the gorillas for an hour and return to the base hotel for lunch. In the afternoon drive to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu.  Overnight Kivu Serena Hotel  (B/L/D)

Day 4 Ruhengeri / Gisenyi – Kigali-Home

After breakfast drive to Kigali .  Have a city tour followed by lunch.   In the afternoon transfer to the airport for home flight.

How Much Does it cost

The price is based on per person sharing a twin or a double room.  The price is all inclusive of meals, transportation, accommodation and permits. Price is presented as budget, mid range or luxury

 

The following is per person price is for two people sharing

Budget USD 2509.00 pp

Mid Range USD 2767.00 pp

Luxury USD 4029.00 pp

 

Price Explanations- Budget, Mid Range Luxury

(1) Budget=2 La Palme + 1 night Malahide Paradise Hotel (Gisenyi)

(2) MidRange= 2 Nights Mountain Gorilla View/ Gorilla Nest + 1 Night Kivu Serena Hotel 

(3) Luxury =2Nights Sabyinyo Silverback Community Lodge+1 Night Kivu Serena Hotel  .

All prices are on full board basis. 

Book  Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com or info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

Gorilla Permits: In theory, gorilla permits are non transferable and non refundable.  However we do transfer  permits and refund permit amounts to our guests. We guarantee this.

Validity of the price:  The above price is valid for Bookings made between today-30 Dec 2013

Green Season for Sabyinyo Lodge falls between 01 April-31 May when prices are lower than above.

 

To enquire and book a gorilla safari in Rwanda:

 >>Email us rnxploresafaris@gmail.com or info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

he price include the following:

  • Accommodation cost per person sharing on full board basis.
  • All Meals at hotel-  Meals indicated as B-Breakfast; L-lunch; D-Dinner
  • Transportation on 4WD fully fuelled and chauffeured
  • Driver’s Allowance’s allowance
  • 2 Gorilla permits per person
  • Park Entrance fee
  • Use of ranger guides while tracking
  • Complementary tour of Lake Kivu on day 2 if you finish tracking on time.
  • All government taxes
  • Complimentary tour of Genocide memorial of Gisozi the last day if time allow.
  • Plenty of mineral water during your tour.
  • Evacuation cover- This cover by AAR  It covers you for 15 days while in East Africa-  Kenya, Uganda , Rwanda , and Tanzania

The price does not include the following

Tips& Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff , Beverages ,Extra meals ,Optional tours, Air fares, Visa fees and Travel

Kilimanjaro Gorilla Tracking, Trekking Safaris | Zanzibar Serengeti

December 3, 2012

(GSR 004)  4 Days Rwanda Tracking From Kilimanjaro Airport

Gorilla safaris can be organized from Kilimanjaro airport

Gorilla safaris can be organized from Kilimanjaro airport

Day 1: From Kilimanjaro to Kigali

On this day you are expected at the Kilimanjaro International Airport 2 hours prior to departure of your flight to Kigali.  If you are in one of our organized safaris in Northern Tanzania, we drive you from the park in the morning to arrive at Arusha at mid day where day rooms are organized for you to refreshing.  From Arusha we drive  you to the airport to catch your flight.   There are three departures from Kilimanjaro (JRO) to Kigali (KGL) all operated by Rwandair Express.  Flights departs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays as follows

Arrival at Kigali

On arrival at Kigali, your driver guide will meet you and drive you to your hotel for overnight- Lemio hotel / Kigali Serena Hotel BB

Day2 Kigali City Tour And Drive To Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast you are met by your driver guide who will take you for Kigali city tour.  Visit various attractions, have your lunch and finally visit Genocide Memorial and drive to Kinigi the base of Gorilla Tracking.  The drive via one of the most scenic road with plenty of photography opportunities.  If you spot anything of interest ask the driver to stop. Dinner and overnight at  La Palme at Musanze/ Ruhengeri (Budget), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Mid Range or Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge ( Luxury) 

Day3: Gorilla trekking Safari – Volcanoes national park Rwanda
An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi Park Headquarters for group allocation and briefing.  You must be arrive not later than 07:00 Hrs.  Depending on the group allocated tracking may take 2 hours minimum or even 7 hours .  Pack your picnic lunch  and enough water.  Carry at least 4 liters of water.   If you desire to track a particular group arrive earlier than all and make a formal request.  Do not hesitate to take a complimentary cup of Rwanda coffee served at the park headquarters.  After briefing get back to your vehicle and drive trail head. Sometimes you might walk from park headquarters depending on where your group is located.  Cars are left at the trail heads with your driver.  From trail heads hike up to the bamboo zone and search for gorilla signs.  Gorilla make their nests every night.  The moment you notice these, you should know the gorillas are near.  Follow the instructions of your guide. On sighting stay with gorillas for one hour and hike back to your cars.  Drive back to your hotel.  After lunch, tour the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo.  Dinner and overnight at  La Palme at Ruhengeti (Budget), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Gorilla Nest  (Mid Range or Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge ( Luxury) 

Day4: Gorilla Tracking 2 At Volcanoes National Park

Breakfast and drive to park headquarters for guide allocation and briefing.  Your driver guide will make sure you arrive not later than 07:00 Hrs.  Just like previous day, you are briefed and driven to track another group of gorillas.  After the hike, return to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon drive to Gisenyi on the shores of lake Kivu for overnight.  Overnight at Kivu Serena Hotel (Mid Range/ Luxury) or Malahide Paradise Hotel (Budget)

Day 5: Drive to Kigali
Breakfast and drive back to Kigali to catch your afternoon flight home. 

Price pp sharing for two pax

Budget USD 2585 PP

Mid Range USD 2965 PP

Luxury USD 4270 pp

Validity of the price:  The above price is valid for Bookings made between today-30 Dec 2013

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET, MID RANGE AND LUXURY

(1) Budget=2 La Palme (Ruhengeri/ Musanze)

(2) MidRange= 2 Nights Mountain Gorilla View 

(3) Luxury =2Nights Sabyinyo Silverback Community 

All prices are on full board basis. 

Book  Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com or info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

Gorilla Permits: In theory, gorilla permits are non transferable and non refundable.  However we do transfer  permits and refund permit amounts to our guests. We guarantee this.

Green Season for Sabyinyo Lodge falls between 01 April-31 May when prices are lower than above.

To enquire and book a gorilla safari in Rwanda:

 >>Email us rnxploresafaris@gmail.com or info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

he price include the following:

  • Accommodation cost per person sharing on full board basis.

  • All Meals at hotel-  Meals indicated as B-Breakfast; L-lunch; D-Dinner

  • Transportation on 4WD fully fuelled and chauffeured

  • Driver’s Allowance’s allowance

  • 1 Gorilla permits per person

  • Park Entrance fee

  • Use of ranger guides while tracking

  • Complementary tour of Lake Kivu on day 2 if you finish tracking on time.

  • All government taxes

  • Complimentary tour of Genocide memorial of Gisozi the last day if time allow.

  • Plenty of mineral water during your tour.

  • Evacuation cover- This cover by AAR  It covers you for 15 days while in East Africa-  Kenya, Uganda , Rwanda , and Tanzania

The price does not include the following

  • Tips& Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff , Beverages ,Extra meals ,Optional tours, Air fares, Visa fees and Travel Insurance. Guests are advised to take a comprehensive travel insurance prior to arrival

Laikipia Accommodation- Ecolodges, Tented Camps

November 18, 2012

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda:

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Originally posted on Laikipia Kenya:

Laikipia is a dreamland of timeless beauty, enjoying pristine settings, the home and next frontier for adventurous traveler. If you imagine peace of mind, plenty of wildlife, pampered luxury and extreme adventure, Laikipia is your destination.  In gathering the scattered information on tourism in this region, we focus on luxury tented camps.

The luxury tented camps of Laikipia include among others Lewa Safari Camp, Makena’s Hills, Sangare, Kitich, Elephant watch, Ol pejeta Bush Camp and Kicheche Bush camp.

Definition:- Laikipia is a vast region encompassing the Central Northern Kenya.  For tourism purposes our Laikipia is that circuit between the towns of Nyeri, Merille, Barogoi, Lake Baringo, Marigat, Ol Kalau back to Nyeri inclusive of Nyahururu, Aberdare and Mt Kenya massifs, to the west of road A2.  That region inclusive of Nyeri, Maralal, Nanyuki and Nyahururu towns, Samburu, Buffalo Springs Reserves, Mathews range, the private, group or community ranches of…

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Car Hire Kampala 4×4 4wd Entebbe Airport Uganda

October 24, 2012

Originally posted on Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Tracking, Hiking Safaris:

Kampala Car Hire | Entebbe Car Rental | Uganda 4x4wd | Self Drive.

Kampala Car Hire | Entebbe Car Rental | Uganda 4x4wd | Self Drive

Self Drive Car Hire Rates on unlimited Mileage basis

  • Toyota Prado USD 180 per day
  • Toyota Rav4 USD 120 per day
  • Saloon Cars USD 80 per day

Car hire rates inclusive of Vat and comprehensive insurance.

Car Hire Rates for Safari Cars with drivers and fuel

  • Safari land cruiser USD 250 per day
  • Safari mini van USD 220 per day

To Hire Car email: info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com / rnxploresafaris@gmail.com / tel +254723684974

Cross border rates

Car Hire requirements:  Copies of your driving licence plus identification document.

Why Hire From Us?

  • Fun: Car hire is fun.
  • Guarantee daily rate. Our daily rental price is all inclusive.  WE HAVE NO HIDDEN CHARGES.   Quoted prices are inclusive of all government taxes.
  • NO DROP OFF CHARGES.  We won’t charge extra for pick up at Nairobi city hotels and drop off…

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About Us-Gorilla Safaris Rwanda || Vision, Mission ,Values

October 18, 2012

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda || Vision, Mission ,Values.

Adventure outfitters quenching your thirst of Sun-lust, Wanderlust and Sand-lust.

Location And Address

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda is a subsidiary of Rika and Nyagah, a holding company of  a group of companises with interests in transport and real estate in East Africa.  The head offices are at Doris House, Tom Mboya Street Meru, Kenya East Africa. Agency and branch offices are in Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi, Kenya, Kampala and Entebbe in Uganda, Kigali In Rwanda, Dar Es Salaam and Arusha in Tanzania.

Address

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Doris House, 1St Floor, Tom Mboya Street, Meru Kenya Tel: +254723684974, +254729641204

Websites: Http://gorillasafarisrwanda.com ,

Blogs: http://laikipiakenya.wordpress.com , http://gorillasafaris.wordpress.com

Vision:

To be a world class safari outfitter and car hire agency well grounded on professional expertise, and committed to ethical values and practices.

Mission

To contribute to the our community well being through tourism research, promotion and development of community based tourism and inculcating the necessary scales to run viable tourism enterprises.

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda

We are tour operators specializing in Car Hire, Hotel Booking, Airline Reservations and Tailor made private and group safaris in East Africa. Our famous safaris include Primates’ tours and big game viewing in East Africa.  Our most successful safaris are  gorilla and chimpanzee tracking in Rwanda . Our gorilla tracking safaris involves tracking in Volcanoes National Park Nyungwe Forest National Park is our main Chimpanzee tracking destination.    

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda-Big Game Safari Destinations include Maasai (Masai) Mara, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Meru, Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli, Buffalo Springs (Kenya), Mgahinga, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth (Uganda) Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest, Akagera (Rwanda) Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro.

 A very unique Laikipia Kenya, a premier destination visited by celebrities- film stars, great athletes and the Royals.  Laikipia is home to the famous Rutundu Log Cabins where Prince William Proposed to his wife Kate.  Also in Laikipia are famous tourist resorts like Ol Pejeta, Mt Kenya Safari Club, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Other places of interest in Laikipia include Muktan Retreat,  Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Loisaba Wilderness, Il Ngwesi, Makenna’s Hills

Famous Beach destinations visited by our guests include Lamu, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mombasa. Luxury beach hotels exists in Zanzibar North Coast, East Coast

 

4X4 Car Hire For Safari In Nairobi Kenya

October 15, 2012

4×4 Car Hire For Safaris

Group Safaris

Group safaris are beneficial in terms of economy and companionship. The advantages end there. Shared facilities, and fixed schedules means you are mercy of your companions. Thrown out of window are privacy, convenience and freedom. Speed is a major killer of tourism experience. Fixed schedules ensure that you have limited time at any particular destination and speed is of essence. Hiring a 4×4 car on self drive allows you to explore the countryside in total privacy at your own pace. However if you desire to sit down, relax and enjoy the scenery, tow along a driver. With or without a driver having your own 4×4 a major plus. You are free to go wherever at you own convenience and pace.

4×4 Car Ideal For Rutundu Visits

4×4 Categories

4×4 cars come in different sizes and shapes. Some are huge juggernauts-lorries which you have to climb up stairs to access. Others are small sedans with full time 4×4. In between these two are what I can call standard 4x4s as you know. These fall into two categories- the Off-Roads or Standard 4x4s like land Rover Defenders and Toyota land cruiser 90; and the SUVs like the 4×4 land Toyota Land cruiser Prados. The Suvs though called off-roads do not have all that ground clearance necessary to handle deep ruts found on some of the African roads. They are better referred to as crossovers. An in between Sedan and 4×4. The original 4x4s are all whether. They are constructed with the word rough in mind. A Toyota land cruiser 70 is able to make inroads through the bushes of Africa. Likewise the Land rover defender is equally tough. Both cars will climb up mountains or cross deserts without a sweet. They are ideal for tackling Ngorongoro and Northern Kenya.

The Suv and the Off Roads

The best car or the safari is either an off road like a defended or an suv like the prado or a safari mini van. Anything higher than that and you will be taking your photographs downwards. Anything lower and you will be taking your photos from a low level. The best photographic experience is when you are in an average car like defender or an SUV like a Prado. An Economy 4×4 Rav4 is also good for this.

4×4 suvs are categorized into luxury and economy. Modern suvs come with all the trappings of luxury. Talk of climate controls, ABS and cruise control. If you want to tackle the bush, then try a Toyota prado or defenders. The economy 4x4s like the Rav4, the Pajero i,o, Honda CRV will take you to the parks with minimal corrugation.

Mean/ Ugly Or Beautiful?

Some cars look ugly. Others are mean. Yet others are ugly. In Kenya especially, sometimes ugly and mean is ideal. Take a case of Nairobi Mombas highway. Take Caution on that road!! It is owned by the trailers and you have no business having a small car along that stretch. In other words always give way to anybody who looks bigger than you even if they come to your lane.

Having A Guide/ Driver Guide

Having your 4×4 does not mean you doing away with a guide. A qualified guide is a major plus in all situations. In some situations having a guide is a matter of life and death irrespective of your expertise. Can you imagine deep sea fishing, mountain climbing, rock climbing without a guide? Likewise in the wild national parks of Africa a qualified driver guide is a major plus. Unlike in the zoos where animals are habituated, in the wilds of Africa, it is survival of the fittest. Animals are wild and enjoy freedom of way. If you obstruct an elephant’s path, it will either toss away your 4×4 or crush it with you inside. Might is not the only hazard you have to look out for. Harmless looking animals like insects can inflict lethal stings or bite not to mention the snake. Beware of cute looking things like wild cats. They are extremely dangerous especially when lactating. That is to say life is too short.

Safari land cruiser with a driver. In some situations having a life makes the difference between life and death.

In other words survival in the national park depends on your ability to predict animal behavior. You must know when to keep off. If you are not conversant with animal behavior hire a driver guide. He knows when to approach animals. The only inconvenience you have to put up with is that some are not well conversant with positioning for photography.

Car Handling Expertise

Car handling expertise is equally important. When do you apply 4×4? 4×4 is applied sparingly. I mean 4×4 is not to applied all the times or you will end up messing the car and paying for it. For example when do you press cruise control button? When do you press manual or power buttons in Rav4s? If you do not know when, and you value your money, leave them alone. Imagine telling the car to drive at 120kph uphill. Is that logical? You will mess up the car engine and end up paying for it.

Routine Daily Checks

To make sure that your car is in tiptop conditions carry out routine daily checks. Routine daily checks involves morning checks and while on the way monitoring. Every morning make sure you check all the fluid levels of your car. Check the level of oil, transmission fluid and coolant levels. Many are days we have gone for rescue only to find that the culprit was a lose battery cable or worse still burnt out cylinder head gaskets. While on the way monitor the behaviour of the car. Frequently check the coolant gauge. The coolant gauge is normally at mid level. Any deviation above this means your car is getting hot and you should check the culprit. A small lekage of coolant will usually cause the gauge to go up.

When you hire a safari car, make sure you choose a car for your ideal situation. Do not go for the smallest, biggest, the most ugly or mean. Just weight out the available options and choose the best.

Important Car Hire Links

Car Hire Nairobi || Car Rental Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Coded NBO or JKIA) || Car Hire Mombasa ||Car Rental Mombasa Airport || Malindi Airport MYD Car Hire || Kisumu Car Hire, ||  Car Hire Nakuru || Malindi Rent a Car Kigali Airport Car Hire (Rwanda),  Car Hire Kampala || Car Hire Entebbe Airport (Uganda),  Bujumbura Car Rental (Burundi) || 4×4 Car Hire Dares salaam, 4×4 Car Hire Dar es Salaam Airport (DAR), 4×4 Car Hire Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Car Renta Arusha

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