Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Meet Louise Leakey or Fidelis Masao for a private tour of Olduvai Gorge, where Homo habilis was discovered on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition.
  • Seek out the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, and spot spectacular wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • A renowned wildlife biologist accompanies each trip to interpret the flora and fauna we encounter on safari and to give fascinating lectures about animal behavior.
  • A Maasai chief invites us to witness a traditional ceremony and learn firsthand about the culture.

Extensions

Extensions

  • On Safari in Tanzania: Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Extension
    6 days from $7,395
  • On Safari in Tanzania: Ruaha Park Extension
    4 days from $3,295
On Safari in Tanzania: Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Extension

Post-Trip, 6 Days

Travel to Rwanda on an optional pre- or post-trip extension for an incredible opportunity to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. From our base just outside Volcanoes National Park, track gorillas and hike to the original site of National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey's Karisoke Research Center.

Day 1: Tanzania/Kigali, Rwanda

Depart Tanzania on a flight to Kigali. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Accommodations:Kigali Serena Hotel
Day 2: Kigali

Journey into the lush hills that surround Kigali to visit a community supported by the Millennium Villages project—a development approach conceived by Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the United Nations Development Project. Here, survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide live side by side in an effort to heal wounds and build a brighter future for the country. Listen to moving testimonies of village residents, and visit the health center and the primary school. Return to Kigali for dinner at the legendary Hotel des Mille Collines—featured in the film Hotel Rwanda—where more than a thousand Rwandans found safe haven during the genocide.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Kigali Serena Hotel
Day 3: Kigali/Parc National des Volcans

This morning, pay a visit to the Kigali Memorial Centre, where a poignant exhibition recalls Rwanda's mid-1990s genocide and testifies to the country's remarkable resilience. Then travel north through the beautiful countryside to Volcanoes National Park.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge
Day 4: Parc National des Volcans

Spend the day tracking mountain gorillas in the forested hills of Volcanoes National Park. Follow local guides through thick undergrowth and dangling vines in search of gorilla families. Sit among these gentle giants and observe their interactions, listening to their distinctive grumbles and viewing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures from an awe-inspiring, up close perspective.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge
Day 5: Parc National des Volcans/Kigali

Trek to the original site of the Karisoke Research Center, where the late Dian Fossey, a National Geographic grantee, carried out research on mountain gorillas for 18 years. Or strike out into the lower reaches of the park to seek out golden monkeys, a distinct species of primate that can often be found in thick bamboo stands. For an additional cost, opt to return to Volcanoes National Park for a second day of gorilla tracking. In the afternoon, head back to Kigali.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge
Day 6: Kigali

After breakfast, transfer to Kigali International Airport for your flight home, arriving the next day.

Meals Included:Breakfast