10 DAYS: GORILLA TREKKING AND TANZANIA MIGRATION MARA RIVER CROSSING
The trip will take you to two countries in east Africa with different culture, landscape and climate. While Rwanda is hillier while on the other side Tanzania is more open savannah country. Start with Rwanda and see the mountain gorilla before visiting three pristine wildlife areas in Tanzania with a chance to witness the Great Migration. While the sight of hundred thousands of wildebeest and zebras thunder across the plains is spectacular, the Mara River crossing is absolutely one of the most breathtaking natural actions in wildlife sightings.
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Musanze - Volcanoes National Park
Our guide/ driver will pick you up from either Kigali Airport OR your hotel in Kigali and your day starts with a complimentary Kigali city tour. Named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda, Kigali city is surrounded by lush green hills and is referred to as ‘the land of a thousand hills’. Visit interesting spots which may include the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site and Kigali museum.
Afterwards depart for a 2 hour drive to Musanze, the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The Virungas. Arrive at Red Rocks Intercultural Exchange Center for lunch before joining the local brew makers to understand the chemistry of the process of brewing a local beer from bananas. Enjoy a big glass of our local brew if you feel like it! Among other activities they also do basket weaving in this local community, an activity which supports local families financially. Later drive to your hotel for dinner and overnight.