7 DAYS RWANDA GORILLAS, MASAI MARA & DIANI BEACH
Seven days in East Africa are ideally enough to enable any curious traveler to hit some of the region’s beautiful and most visited places. The trip takes you to Volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
Visit the Maasai Mara national reserve in Kenya for the big five and wind off this amazing trip with a relaxation trip to the beautiful white sand beaches in Mombasa.
Day 1: Travel to Volcanoes national park.
After a palatable breakfast at the lodge in Kigali where you slept, be picked by our driver guide. He will brief you about the trip and then start the journey to Volcanoes national park. It takes about two to three hours to travel from Kigali to the park, enjoying the beautiful scenery and driving through the well paved roads rolled in the hills and valleys of Rwanda.
The journey gives you spectacular views of the thousand hills of Rwanda. Arrival is in the afternoon for lunch and a cultural retreat at Iby’iwachu cultural village. This is the best one stop center to encounter almost everything that is Kinyarwanda. From the Twa, Hutu and Tutsi, nothing you will fail to see. Returning to the lodge is very late in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking and back to Kigali.
On waking up to a delicious breakfast, in the jungle and to the sweet sounds of the birds in the surrounding trees, head to the park station for a brief orientation from the local ranger. He takes you through the guidelines of gorilla trekking.
Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park involves a simple hike on the lower slopes of the volcanoes in search of the gorillas in the forest. Trekkers walk through the slippery trails, holding onto tree branches for support and avoiding thorny trees just to spend the magical hour in the presence of these great apes. Trekking the gorillas in Volcanoes takes 1-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas and the speed of the trekkers.
After the one hour of watching the gorillas and taking pictures, slope back to the park station and out of the park to start the journey back to Kigali.
Day 3: Fly to Nairobi and travel to Maasai Mara national reserve.
Early morning, have breakfast and proceed to Kigali international airport for the flight to Nairobi in Kenya. Upon arrival in Kenya, our driver guide will already be waiting to receive you and transfer you to Maasai Mara national reserve.
It’s a six-hour journey that feeds your eyes with extraordinary sights of Kenya’s countryside and several beautiful features. Arrival is in the evening for check in, relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Full day game drive in Maasai Mara national reserve.
Today have a full day game drive in the park. Upon waking up, have breakfast and embark on a safari vehicle for a game drive through the park. Maasai Mara national reserve is famous for the gigantic golden savanna grasslands that home numerous wildlife species including Africa’s big five; the lions, rhinos, buffaloes, elephants, and leopards. Other animals to spot are zebras, giraffes, warthogs, wildebeests, waterbucks, gazelles, antelopes and many others.
You will also drive towards that migration to trail for the great wildebeest migration experience. Lunch will be in the wild among the lions and other animals. Returning to the lodge will be very late in the evening.
Day 5: Travel to Mombasa.
Immediately after breakfast, travel back to Nairobi and connect to Mombasa with either a flight or train. Mombasa is a famous city in Africa for its extremely beautiful white sand beaches that were commonly known to Miami.
Connecting from Maasai Mara to Mombasa roughly takes a full day, so arrival will be in the late evening to just check in at the lodge, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Full day beach relaxation.
Have a full day relaxation at the beach, engage in swimming, sport fishing, beach sports, sunbathing and many other refreshing activities at the white sand beach. Alternatively, choose to first have a walk around Mombasa town and then relax at the beach in the afternoon or evening, depending on your trekking speed.
Day 7: Departure.
Have breakfast and drive to Mombasa airport for your flight back home. Drive through the town at your convenience as the guide shows you around some of the important buildings and monuments. That will be the end of the seven days in East Africa.