7 days Gorilla trekking and Masai Mara
7 days Gorilla Trekking and Masai Mara safari takes you to the Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to for mountain gorilla trekkingand Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve for Big 5 animals.
The 7 days Gorilla trekking and Maasai Mara is for adventure travellers who want to see Mountains gorillas, cultural performance in the Iby’Iwachu Village, Golden Monkeys and the Masai.
The tour starts from Rwanda and ends in Kenya.
Day 1 – Arrival in Rwanda
Day 2 – Kigali City – Iby’iwacu Cultural Village
Day 3 – Golden Monkey Trekking – Nature Walk and Visiting the twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo
Day 4 – Gorilla Trekking – Transfer to Nairobi
Day 5 – Nairobi to Masai Mara Game Reserve – Afternoon game drive
Day 6 – Full day game drives at the Masai Mara Game Reserve
Day 7 – Visit the Masai – Transfer back to Nairobi – Departure
Detailed Itinerary for 7 days Rwanda gorilla trekking & Masai mara safari
DAY 1: Arrival in Rwanda
You will be picked up from the Kigali International Airport by our Driver and taken to your booked hotel in Kigali for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: Kigali City Tour – Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park – Visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village
You will wake up early in the morning for breakfast, then be joined by an expert driver guide from Bushtroop Tours and safaris who will brief you about the 7 days Rwanda gorilla trekking and Masai Mara wildlife safari.
From here, you then checkout of the hotel for Kigali city tour to visit the city museum, the genocide memorial site in Kigali, the former president’s palace, city markets and art shops.
Lunch will be taken from one of the restaurants in Kigali, after then you will proceed to Volcanoes National Park, arriving after 2-3 hrs drive.
Check in and later head to Iby’Iwachu cultural center for an incredible cultural experience. Take time watching traditional dances, hearing local stories and visiting the local medicine man to learn how common illnesses were treated in the ancient days. Return for dinner and an overnight at your lodge
Dinner and overnight at Five Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury, Mountain gorilla view lodge (Mid-range) and Muhabura Hotel (Budget).
DAY 3: Gorilla Trekking at the Volcanoes National Park – Visit the twin Lakes of Ruhondo and Burera
Wake up very early in the morning for breakfast, and start the journey to the park headquarter for briefing about the rules and regulations for trekking gorillas.
In the company of ranger guides along with your trekking group, you will be led to look for the mountain Gorillas, in the forest of Volcanoes National
Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park may take between 2 to 8 hours with an inclusive 1 hour of being in their presence, upon finding them.
Staying with the Mountain gorillas is an impressive moment for taking photos, after then you will return for lunch at the Hotel/lodge.
In the evening, the Guide/Driver will take you to visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo as well as nature walks around the park.
Return in the evening for dinner and an overnight.
After tracking the primates, spending one hour with them and getting the certificate of participation, you will go back to the hotel to have lunch.
Dinner and Overnight will be at Meridian Hotel Kenya or Sopa Lodges.
DAY 4: Golden Monkey Trekking
Like Gorillas, you will wake up early for breakfast and leave for briefing about the dos and don’ts for Golden Monkey tracking. They Golden monkeys live in the same area as mountain gorillas though they are mostly occupy the lower slopes of the volcanoes because of the bamboo trees. They feed on tree shoots, fruits, seeds and insects.
Upon finding them, you will spend an hour in their presence as you take photographs, since they are very playful and stubborn. Expect to also see baboons and vervet monkeys during the search.
Return for Lunch, and the driver will then take transfer you to Kigali international airport for departure to Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi, You will be picked by another driver who will transfer you to your booked accommodation for dinner and an overnight.
DAY 5: Transfer from Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve – Afternoon game drive
After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Maasai Mara National Reserve in Narok County. You will enjoy spectacular views of the rift valley, arriving in time for lunch at the lodge.
Thereafter proceed for the afternoon game drive, where you expect to see all of the big five mammals including Rhinos, Buffaloes, Elephants, Lions and Leopards.
Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge
DAY 6: Entire Day of Game drives at the Masai Mara National Reserve
On this 6th day of the 7 days Rwanda Gorilla trekking and Maasai Mara safari, you will go for a full day game drive on Maasai mara plains with picnic lunch. You will see more animals on the plains including, antelopes, zebras, elands, giraffes, rhinos and elephants. You will also be able to spot more animals along the shores of Mara river as they drink.
Return for dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
DAY 7: Visit the Masai Village – Departure to Nairobi from the Masai Mara National Reserve
Have your breakfast at leisure, then in the company of a driver, go for a cultural visit to one of the Masai Villages to learn their culture and way of living, and depart for Nairobi to catch up with your flight back to your home country you will start the journey back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.