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Best of Rwanda

Posted on March 19, 2019 by -

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Best of Rwanda Safari

This highlights of Rwanda safari vists three stunning regions as well as a trekking safari to see the mountain gorillas. There are many highlights including tracking chimpanzees in Nyungwe, gorilla trekking in the highlands, golden monkeys, a canopy forest tour and Lake Kivu.

Your first day is in Kigali.  Here you can  absorb the culture and history of Rwanda and prepare for the gorilla trekking tour. On the second day  you spend the morning on a city tour which includes the Genocide Museum . Then you head to Nyungwe National Park where you spend 2 nights. Here you enjoy chimpanzee trekking and a canopy walk through the forest. On Day 4, you head to scenic Lake Kivu to overnight in Gisenyi on the eastern lakeshore.

Then you head to the base for gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National park). This is a scenic journey through the lush terraced landscape of rural Rwanda.

You will stay at at one of two lodges Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (Mid-range), Bishops Lodge (Premier) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Luxury) . On the following day you start early for your gorilla trek. You are given a full briefing, assessed and put into small groups for the gorilla trek. This can take between two and six hours depending on the movements of the gorillas. And the number of rests and photo stops that you may need. After the trek  you have lunch at the Lodge and then return to Kigali for overnight. You travel south through the lush coffee, tea and banana plantations. You fly out the following morning.

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Best of Rwanda (6 nights) at a Glance:

We offer this tour at two price points, Premier and Luxury:

1 night Kigali Park Inn by Radisson (Mid-range or Premier) or Kigali Serena Inn (Luxury), Bed & Breakfast

2 nights Nyungwe Forest National Park, Nyungwe Forest Lodge (mid-range or Premier) or One & Only Nyungwe House (Luxury), Full Board

1 night Lake Kivu Serena Lodge, Lake Kivu, Full Board

1 night Volcanoes National Park, Gorilla Mountain View Lodge(Mid-range), Bishops Lodge (Premier) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Luxury)

Final night Kigali Park Inn by Radisson or Kigali Serena Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Please note: The Gorilla permit ( US$ 1500) per person per trek is NOT INCLUDED, due to price being subject to change without notice. However we will book this for you and include it in our final invoice.

4 or 6 pax prices

We show per person prices based on 2 people and 4 people for the Mid-range option. This price difference is the same through Mid-range, Premier & Luxury, and for all seasons. As it purely relates to the utilization of the safari vehicle. Contact us if you would like the price assuming 6 people travelling.

Single room supplements (for 3rd or 5th people on a trip) are available on request. Additional nights in the mountains are also a possibility.

Tailor-make this safari

We can use a variety of accommodation on this safari. You can swap accommodation around so that the price lies between our Premier and Luxury options below. Or you can add in Bisate Lodge to replace Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for the ultimate Rwanda safari. You can also add on an extra night in the Volcanoes National Park if you wish to have a more leisurely experience. This will allow you to enjoy one of the other trekking activities in Volcanoes National Park.

Single supplements for 3rd or 5th person in a group are also available, as are Single tours. Contact us for a quote.

Winter Wonderland Offer

Posted on March 15, 2019 by -

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Winter Wonderland Offer – 12 nights for 8 nights!

Yes our sort of winter wonderland may be different from yours. You won’t have snow under foot. Or risk getting frostbite if you are out without a hat.

But South Africa does have a sort of winter season and it’s wonderful. The days are cooler and yes, there’s a chance of rain. But it is also the time when you can be active all day without dying of heat exhaustion. Or feeling like a grease ball from slathering on the sunblock too many times. Plus you can get into that top restaurant without needing to book 3 months ahead. And you won’t be sharing a wonderful view with a crowd of selfie-snappers.

Typically the days are a pleasant 17 to 22 C. Whilst at night you can enjoy a good bottle of red wine around an open fire-place. (It’s not just the Danes that do ‘hygge’ in the winter. We South Africans also love our open fires and candles…)

But here’s the kicker – As it is a quieter time, many of the hotels offer long stay specials, which can be as little as three nights. And we all know 3 nights is often the perfect stay. Two nights is just too short to get to know an area. And 3 nights means you can also do a spot of relaxing guilt-free at the same time.

So here’s our first winter offer which adds up to a magnetic 12 nights for the price of only 8!

We are offering this at two price points, Luxury and Premier and we’ve priced it assuming group C car rental. (But ask us for a price using private touring and transfers if you prefer.)


Winter Wonderland Offer at a Glance

3 nights Cape Town, B&B:
– Premier: The Three Boutique Hotel
– Luxury: V&A Hotel

3 nights Winelands, B&B:
– Premier: Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch
– Luxury: Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek

3 nights Plettenberg Bay, B&B:
– Premier:, Hog Hollow Country Lodge, near Plettenberg
– Luxury: The Plettenberg Hotel

3 nights Eastern Cape Safari, Full Board & Game Activities:
– Premier: Lalibela Lentaba Lodge
– Luxury: Lalibela Kichaka Lodge

Check out our Interactive Itinerary below (red tab) showing the route below!

Tailor-made Variations

Obviously being a special, you are limited to the hotels that we have highlights. However feel free to add on extra nights if you prefer, perhaps in Hermanus on the Whale Coast or en route to Plettenberg Bay?

The price below shows with Group C car rental, but we can also give you a quote for doing it on a private transfer and touring basis, though this will be quite a bit more expensive.

Contact us for a quote and pricing for 2020

Malawi’s Rift Valley Explorer

Posted on March 14, 2019 by -

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Malawi’s Rift Valley Explorer

Malawi is a small sliver of a country dominated by Lake Malawi, the most appealing of the great lakes of Africa. The ‘lake of stars’ is a magnificent sight. Its crystal clear waters are teeming with colourful fish. Plus its sandy beaches are a popular spot for relaxing after a Malawi safari in the Liwonde Game Reserves.

This tour showcases the very best that Malawi’s Rift Valley has to offer. The Great Rift Valley is a geographical and geological feature running 4,000 miles across the continent of Africa. The destinations here all fall along Malawi’s very scenic part of the Rift Valley.

You can experience the scenic vistas of the majestic Zomba Plateau, followed by a range of boat safaris, game drives and guided walks in Liwonde National Park. Your trip will end with a stay in Lake Malawi National Park, a World Heritage site.

Accommodation at a glance:

1 night at Heuglin’s Lodge (or a similar accommodation)
2 nights at Sunbird Ku Chawe Inn, Zomba Plateau
3 nigths at Mvuu Lodge, Liwonde National Park
3 nights at Mumbo Island Camp, Lake Malawi National Park

Tailor-made options:

You can combine this tour of Malawi with a safari in neighboring country Zambia. Or end with a few nights in Victoria Falls. The options are endless!

Contact us for your next holiday to Africa!

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