Gorilla Trek East Africa Wildlife Safari

16 Nights
Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania
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Nairobi – Volcanoes National Park – Kigali – Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Southern Serengeti – Central Serengeti – Nairobi

16 Night Exploration

Travelled: December/January 2018

Guests: A couple seeking an authentic gorilla and safari experience

Curated by: Jono, an expert on both gorilla treks and Tanzania safaris

16 night Gorilla Trek East Africa Wildlife Safari

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The Brief

A well traveled couple approached us looking to organise their first adventure to Africa. They were looking to experience some of it most famous highlights, including a gorilla trek, cultural experiences, and authentic 4×4 wildlife safaris.

Jono, being an expert in East Africa, helped to craft the perfect itinerary, visiting the Genocide museum in Kigali, taking in the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, visiting the Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, along with a traditional safari experience in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.


  1. Exploring the sights of Nairobi
  2. Trekking for gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
  3. Kigali City and Genocide Museum Tour
  4. Experiencing the beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater
  5. 4×4 wildlife safaris in the famous Serengeti

Level of Luxury

A three to four star Africa safari experience

Month Travelled

Travel was completed in January 2018

Guest Feedback: Gorilla Trek East Africa Wildlife Safari

“Oh my God, where do we start with Africa? We had the most incredible holiday! It’s very hard to isolate highlights but there were two absolute standouts for us. Firstly was the gorillas! What an absolute privilege to have been so close to these unbelievable animals. It was also the most challenging and rewarding thing we have ever done. We visited the SUSA group and there was a baby not even 24 hours old! The hike itself (2.5 hours up from the base of the mountain) was pretty hard but when you are surrounded by gorillas you quickly forget. I had to keep reminding myself to take a picture because I was just so gobsmacked that I was actually a few metres away from gorillas.

Second highlight was definitely the days spent on safari at Ndutu, the place was absolutely teeming with wildlife, you did not need to “go looking”. We absolutely loved being able to drive “off road” up to the animals and were blown away by the close proximity of lions, cheetah’s, giraffe, elephant – the list goes on and on.

Whilst we also loved the Serengeti there was not nearly as many animals here and because it was National Park you obviously could not “off road” up to the animals. They had obviously all migrated to Ndutu! The scenery here was breathtaking and we still loved our time here but if we returned we would try to go to the Serengeti when the migration was there.

We must also make special mention of the Lemala Camps. All 3 camps we stayed at were sensational! The comfort level in the tents was superb, the food was surprisingly great but in particular, the staff at these camps were beautiful. Nothing was too much trouble, they were friendly, professional, funny and caring.

Lastly, we must praise your partner companies in Africa. The Safari Company and our driver Andrew was always prompt, safe and knowledgeable. Eugene, our Magic Safari guide throughout Rwanda was softly spoken, knowledgeable and it was so very important personally to him that our experience in his country was “perfect”. On our tour to the cultural village in Volcanoes National Park he arranged for us to be participants in a “re-enactment” of a local wedding. This resulted in much laughter and was actually also a highlight and wonderful memory of our trip. And finally, John Ngoma (Sense of Africa) our guide for all of East Africa was amazing! We cannot speak highly enough of John’s experience, professionalism, humour and pride.

So thank you Encompass Africa! We have had the trip of a lifetime – bucket list! We have caused quite a stir on social media with our pics and will not hesitate to recommend you guys to other eager travellers!”

Guest Images: Gorilla Trek East Africa Wildlife Safari

Images courtesy of the Fords

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