21 DAY GARDEN ROUTE SA, RWANDA CONGO GORILLA & VOLCANO, TANZANIA SAFARI TOUR

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This Incredible 3 Region/4 Countries Tour Takes You 21 Days Including The Picturesque And Exciting Garden Route To Cape Town, South Africa On A Self Drive Odyssey. Next You Get A Truly Unique Experience Trekking The Rare Mountain Gorillas Of Congo And Climb A Live Volcano Sleeping On The Crater’s Edge.  Golden Monkey’s and a Safari Savannah of Rwanda Make This a Completely Unique and Life Changing Leg. Finally You Top Your Experience Off With The World Famous Northern Circuit Of Tanzania Visiting 4 National Parks Including The Serengeti And Ngorongoro Crater.

 

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DAY 1 –FLY FROM CAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH

After arriving on your Doha flight to Johannesburg, transfer to your Safari flight to Port Elizabeth at 6:45pm arriving at 8pm.  Organize a complimentary airport transfer from your accommodation with Hallack Manor when booking.

DAY 2 – PICK UP CAR HIRE AND DRIVE TO ADDO NATIONAL PARK. DRIVE TO TSISTISKTSI FOR OVERNIGHT.

After breakfast get a complimentary hotel transfer back to Port Elizabeth airport and pick up your hire care from BIDVEST CAR RENTAL.  This is a one way rental you will drop off at the end of your trip at Cape Town Airport.

Drive to 1 hour to Addo National Park.  You can use your own vehicle in Addo, but make sure the conditions are dry enough for your vehicle.

$25 per person park entry fees and a good idea to hire a guide at $25 to join your car.  If conditions don’t suit your car join a guided 4WD tour for $35.  All information is on the Addo National Park website: https://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/tourism/get_there.php .

After your game viewing of this beautiful National Park, drive on to Tsitsikamma National Park.  Why not stop in at Jeffrey’s Bay on the way and check out where Australian surfer Mick Fanning had two shark encounters whilst surfing on the world tour.

DAY 3:TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK ACTVITIES. WORLD’S HIGHEST BUNGY BRIDGE JUMP. TRANSFER TO OUDSTHOORN

After breakfast head out and explore the many recreational activities in Tsitsikamma National Park http://www.tsitsikamma.info/ .  Leave time for your bungee at Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bridge bungee in the world.

After your exquisite day at Tsitsikamma drive on to Oudsthoorn for overnight

DAY 4:EXPLORE THE OSTRICHES AND CANGO CAVES OF OUDSTHOORN. TRANSFER TO GANSBAAI.

After an early breakfast check out all the activities you can chose from at Ousdthoornhttp://www.oudtshoorn.com/default.php?ipkCat=47&sid=47 .  We recommend at a minimum an Ostrich Farm visit where you can try riding and Ostrich and the amazing Congo Caves.

After exploring this unique area drive on to Gansbaai in preparation for your thrilling Shark Cage tomorrow.

DAY 5: GANSBAAI SHARK CAGE DIVING. DRIVE TO CAPE TOWN

After a delicious breakfast, you will take part in a once in a lifetime experience of cage diving.  Gansbaai is also known as Shark Alley and you only have to go out 20 minutes from shore to find these powerful and intimidating creatures.  There are only 8 operators in Gansbaai and we recommend http://www.sharkwatchsa.com/en/home/ as a long established operator with a perfect safety record and great facilities.

 

After your cage dive drive on to the world famous Cape Town an take in the view of this picturesque world class and thriving city with Table Mountain as the backdrop.

DAY 6– TABLE MOUNTAIN AND CAPE TOWN NIGHTLIFE

After breakfast take a Cable Car ride up Table Mountain.  This is now officially a modern seventh wonder of the world.

 

Then it’s time to explore the cool bars and clubs of Cape Town.  Check this list out and see what suits you http://www.capetown.travel/visitors/see-do/night-life/must-do-nightlife-spots/50-of-the-best-clubs-and-bars-in-cape-town .

 

Don’t overdo it as tomorrow is your Wine Tour J  Nominate your designated driver.

 

Dinner and overnight

DAY 7: DAY WINE TOUR AND WHALE WATHCING. DROP OF CAR AND CATCH YOUR DOMESTIC FLIGHT TO JOHANESSBURG TO CONTACT WITH YOUR 2AM KIGALI, RWANDA FLIGHT.

Wine Flies run the best value, most enjoyed and fun wine tours in Cape Town.  They have two tours to choose from and both are around $80.  We recommend the Wine and Whale watching option.  Check them out here:  http://wineflies.co.za/scheduled-tours/ .

After the tour get dropped back to your car at your hotel and head for the airport to catch your 7:50pm flight from Cape Town arriving in Johannesburg at 8:45pm.  Grab dinner, do some duty free shopping and take a rest as your Kigali, Rwandair flight leaves at 2:55am arriving Kigali at 6:45am.

DAY 8 - ARRIVAL IN KIGALI – CITY TOUR - TRANSFER TO GOMA, DR CONGO

Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda! Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport in the early morning, you will be warmly welcomed at arrivals by a representative of African Unique Safaris and Tours and your driver guide. Have a coffee and breakfast over your tour briefing and then head of for a Kigali City Tour including a memorable and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial tour.  Late morning head off for the Rwanda/DR Congo border with our driver guide who will assist you across the border to meet our DR Congo driver guide on the other side.  They will take you to your accommodation on Lake Kivu,

DAY 9- MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK IN VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for your Gorilla tracking experience.

After completing the park customs, we embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 900 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them.  A visit with a mountain gorilla family is a life changing experience. Mountain gorillas are highly intelligent, good natured, and fascinating to observe. The silverback’s powerful presence is awe-inspiring, yet his calm clearly earns him the title, “gentle giant”. People are equally struck by the tenderness and care that mothers show their young. And then, of course, there are the juveniles who spend most of every waking hour at play and never cease to make visitors smile.

DAY 10 – MOUNT NYIRAGONGO TOUR - ASCENT

After an early breakfast; today is real adventure where you spend a day hiking the live volcano Nyiragongo. The trek includes a walk through lush forest and lava fields with a steep incline near the top, and includes an overnight stay in the Nyiragongo Crater Cabanas on the volcano rim. The stunning views both day and night make this an unforgettable experience.

Things to bring for Nyiragongo Hiking

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Good walking shoes
  • Warm Clothes (sweater, jacket) it is cold up the rim.
  • Sun cream
  • Warm Hat
  • Torch
  • Camera
  • And any other personal toiletries.
DAY 11– MOUNT NYIRAGONGO DESCENT AND TRANSFER TO MUSANZE, RWANDA

After early breakfast you descend down mount Nyiragongo which will finish around 11 am and your driver guide will take you to the border, help you check out and lead you to your guide on the side of Rwanda. Lunch in Gisenyi and later transfer to Musanze at the base of the amazing Volcanoes National Park, Check in at the Hotel, refresh and relax

DAY 12: GOLDEN MONKEY TREK AND TRANSFER TO KIGALI

After early breakfast, you will proceed to the park headquarters for briefing about your Trek and later embark on the adventure to golden monkeys. A fully habituated group of the beautiful primates’ lives in the park and this is one of the only places in Africa where you can find such close and friendly Golden Monkeys. Return to your lodge for lunch and refreshment, you will check out and your drive guide will transfer you to Kigali, en route you will have to review the amazing country, the land of thousand hills. Arrival to Kigali you will have.

DAY 13: KIGALI TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

This morning will take your first coffee and then transfer to Akagera National Park, Rwanda’s only Savannah Game Viewing Park.  We should have time for a short game drive.  Look out for Giraffes, Zebras, Water Buffalo, Waterbuck, Baboons and much more.

Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is archetypal Africa’s savannah landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland. Akagera is, above all, famed for its hosting of big game and birds.

DAY 14: AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK BOAT LAUNCH CRUISE – TRASNFER BACK TO KIGALI

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will check out from the lodge and go for a morning boat cruise, which allows you to view a variety of bird’s species, crocodile, and hippos. Later proceed to Northern circuit game drive to search for animals that you may have missed out in the previous game drive, lunch en route.  It is not a guarantee that all the animals can be seen in the evening game drive there are some that are early risers and can only be seen in the morning. In the after transfer back to Kigali check in and refresh from your hotel.

DAY 15: KIGALI CITY TOUR AND DEPARTURE

Early morning after breakfast, you will check out from your hotel and be transferred to your 9am flight from Kigali, Rwanda arriving Kilimanjaro International Airport 1pm, Tanzania. On arrival in Kilimanjaro International airport you will be transferred to Arusha town.  Overnight at Venus Hotel on bed and basis.

DAY 16 - ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK: 12KMS/2HRS DRIVE

After breakfast depart for Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population for game drive, with picnic lunch. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lions, leopards, and cheetahs and up to six thousand elephants. In the afternoon, you will continue to Sanguine Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight on full board basis

DAY 17- TARANGIRE TO MANYARA NATIONAL PARK: 75KMS/1.5HRS DRIVE

After breakfast depart with picnic boxes to Lake Manyara national park for game drive. In this small but very beautiful park with dense forest you will have opportunity to see lots of monkeys, giraffes, elephants, impalas, dikdik, flamingos in the lake and if you are lucky you may spot the rare tree climbing lions.

DAY 18 - LAKE MANYARA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL):205KMS/4.5HRS DRIVE

After breakfast you will drive to Central Serengeti for game drive with picnic lunch. In this area of the park you will have opportunity to see big prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, giraffes, elephants, different antelopes and other wildlife. In the late afternoon you will drive to your camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 19 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL)

After breakfast you will depart with picnic boxes for a full day of game viewing in Serengeti national park. In this area of the park you will have opportunity to see big prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, giraffes, elephants, different antelopes and other wildlife. In the late afternoon you will drive to your campfor dinner and overnight.

DAY 20 - SERENGETITO NGORONGORO CRATER – KARATU: 170KMS/HRS DRIVE

After an early breakfast, depart with picnic lunch and drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of game drive. The crater has a good number of lions and cheetahs, and it is another good place to see the rare black rhino.

DAY 21 - KARATU TO KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 220KMS/3.5HRS DRIVE

After breakfast depart with picnic boxes and drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home as per your flight details.  Those staying on to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro will be transferred back to Venus Hotel, Arusha.

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