Nature lovers, this one’s for you. Together, two couples will plunge into the beauty and splendor of exclusive African outposts during this remarkable ten day trip. Explore the rainforest in search of gorillas and golden monkeys, see exotic animals, and enjoy luxurious accommodations and attentive service. It’s truly the best of both worlds.
Your trip begins with a day in Kigali, an attractive city of lush hillsides and flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets. Fast track assistance through customs and immigration formalities, plus a private vehicle with driver guide streamlines your transition into Africa.
Check into The Retreat by Heaven in Kigali for a one-night stay and enjoy luxury amenities in the form of expansive custom-built rooms with peaked ceilings, front and rear private patio areas, bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, a heated saltwater solar-powered swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, spa and fully-equipped gym. You can also enjoy dinner at the restaurant Fusion, which takes culinary traditions from Italy, Mauritius, Morocco and elsewhere and blends them into a single harmonious experience.
From Kigali, you’ll journey next to the Bisate Lodge in the Parc National des Volcans for two nights’ all-inclusive accommodations in Forest Villas. Tucked within the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, the lodge boasts dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of a nearby National Park.
From here, you will search out the gentle giants! Trek in the dense rain forest amongst the gorillas, listening to them speak to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male silverback. This guided gorilla trek lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to seven hours! Afterward, enjoy lunch at the Bisate Lodge and the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure discussing your remarkable experience.
Your journey continues as you kick off an exciting trek in search of the elusive golden monkeys. Breathe in the magnificent surroundings as you again step into this extraordinary environment. After lunch, transfer back to Kigali for one night at The Retreat by Heaven, relax and prepare for your next adventure in Tanzania.
Then, it’s onwards to Northern Tanzania! Upon arrival, hop in a 4×4 vehicle ideal for viewing game en route to the Singita Mara River Tented Camp for four nights’ all-inclusive accommodations. The remainder of your day is at leisure with optional activities, to include swimming in the plunge pool, a Singita Balloon Safari or a wine tasting. Your safari continues with three remarkable days of game activities in open-sided 4×4 vehicles with a professional driver guide. During October, it is common to see massive herds of wildebeest and zebra migrating from the Masai Mara to the Northern Serengeti.
Next, you’ll travel to Singita Sasakwa Lodge in Serengeti Singita Grumeti for three nights’ all-inclusive accommodations. Located adjacent to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, bordering the national park, it encompasses 400,000 acres of unrivaled wilderness. The area forms part of the famous migratory route, which is travelled by hundreds of thousands of animals every year. During the stay, enjoy day and night game drives, guided bush walks, or choose from the many activities the Lodge has available such as a balloon safari, mountain biking, daily spa treatments, a community visit to the Environmental Education Centre, or shopping.
This epic African journey winds down with two more days of game activities in open-sided 4×4 vehicles with a professional driver guide. Finally, as you transfer to the Sasakwa Airstrip for flight to Kilimanjaro for your return flight home, relax and let your safari settle in.
Bidders, it’s time to take a walk on the wild side … Paddles up!
Airfare to Rwanda and from Tanzania is not included. Trip dates are confirmed for Tuesday, October 1–Saturday, October 12, 2019. If the winning bidders are unable to travel to Africa in October 2019, they are able to roll over the dates to 2020, based on availability, by Friday, February 1, 2019. All lodging, airfare within Africa, ground transportation, and transfers as specified within the itinerary are included. A one (1) day gorilla permit and one (1) golden monkey trekking permit are included. Gorilla treks can last anywhere from 30 minutes to seven (7) hours, but time spent observing the gorillas is limited to one (1) hour only. An additional gorilla trek is available at the winning bidder’s expense. The following fees are all included: Tanzania and Rwanda visa fees; National Park entry fees; camping, rescue and forest fees; National Park Concession, Conservation and Wildlife Area fees; the services of an English-speaking driver/guide in Rwanda and Tanzania; unlimited mileage on game drives and activities and Flying Doctor Evacuation service to the nearest available international hospital. Drinks at The Retreat by Heaven in Kigali are not included. The stay at Bisate Lodge includes all meals, local drinks (with the exception of premium Champagne and imported brands), laundry and an in-room welcome massage. The stay at Singita Mara River Camp includes all meals and drinks (including non-premium wines, spirits and liquors), game drives and laundry. The stay at Singita Sasakwa Lodge includes all meals and drinks (including non-premium wines, spirits and liquors), game drives, bush snacks/canapés and laundry. Personal expenses, passport fees, visas, personal and travel insurance, gratuities and any domestic flights not specified are not included. At times of heightened security, including visits by Heads of State etc., Fast Track intentions may be adapted to suit the situation of the day. In this instance, winning bidders will be met at the immigration desk by a VIP representative.
dmAFRICA with thanks to Christin McKay, Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer