Rwanda, Tanzania & Zanzibar

  • days: 19
  • from $18,095

Flights Included

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Countries Visited:

  • Tanzania
  • Rwanda

Description

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2 countries 
5 game drives 

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3 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

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African Lodges

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Permits Included!

We don't like extras, so the costly Gorilla & Angola colobus monkey tracking permits have been included with this tour. Learn more

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This tour takes in two incredible destinations. Journey to the mountain rainforests of Rwanda which provide a spectacular backdrop to its famous mountain gorillas. From the vast plains of the Serengeti to the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania offers a breathtaking scenic and wildlife experience. Explore the exotic island of Zanzibar, take a tour of Stone Town and relax on its pristine beaches.  

Majestic Primates

Crossing over into Rwanda, our touring begins in the capital Kigali - a great place to learn more about Rwanda’s history and culture. We also visit Ruhengeri, located at the foot of the Virungas and home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Here we have the opportunity to get up close to these amazing creatures.

Discover the 'Big 5'!

Enjoy games drives through some of Tanzania's best known game parks including Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and of course, the Serengeti. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready as we search for the "Big 5"! You'll also experience the rich culture of these lands by visiting local homes and markets in Mto Wa Abu, an authentic Tanzanian village and a colourful Maasai Mara village where you will enjoy traditional dancing.

Spice Islands

See the sights of Stone Town in Zanzibar, known for its production spices such as cinnamon and pepper. Enjoy some free time to wind down on the pristine beaches or explore more of the island with its rich colonial past.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Kigali

‘Karibu’ to Tanzania! Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Kigali - Nyungwe

This morning we discover downtown Kigali, including a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a powerful and moving commemoration of the 1994 event that shocked the world. After lunch we’ll travel south to Nyungwe Forest National Park, a largely untouched tropical rainforest, home to a huge array of beautiful flora and fauna. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Nyungwe Forest National Park

In the heart of the Nyungwe Forest we embark on a half-day trek in search of the Angola colobus monkeys. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Visit a nearby tea plantation and chat with the local farmers.  

Day 5. Nyungwe - Lake Kivu

We head north to the shores of Lake Kivu, visiting several local markets en route. [B,L]

Day 6. Lake Kivu - Musanze

Today we travel through the verdant countryside to Musanze, at the foot of the Virunga mountain range. Along the way we’ll stop at the famous Bralirwa Brewery. [B,D]

Day 7. Volcanoes National Park

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Special Experience: Enjoy a magical encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas today - the largest living primates on earth! Watch them in their natural habitat, feeding, playing and bonding with their young. This afternoon visit an award-winning gorilla conservation initiative run by former poachers. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Musanze - Kigali

A special encounter awaits us today as we track beautiful golden monkeys. As their name suggests, they have a striking golden fur which is contrasted by black fur on their limbs. Watch these adorable primates as they interact and graze on leaves and fruit in their natural habitat.

Next we return to Kigali and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Kigali - Mt Kilimanjaro - Arusha

After breakfast we fly to Arusha, the safari capital of northern Tanzania. On arrival we’ll visit the Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch and a tour of the plantation and factory. This evening we’ll enjoy a group dinner welcoming us to Tanzania. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Arusha

This morning we’ll visit a local flower farm before returning to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we’ll take a city tour of Arusha to see the famous Clock Tower (supposedly situated at the midpoint between Cairo and Cape Town), and the Maasai and Central Markets. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast we depart for scenic Lake Manyara, known for its distinct baboon population. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Admire the scenery, monkeys and birds from high in the beautiful forest treetops on the Manyara Treetop Walkway, one of the longest in Africa.

Day 12. Lake Manyara National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

 This morning we walk through vast greenery and tall trees as we hike through the national park's forest. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: We’ll get a unique taste of Tanzanian culture, visiting Mto wa Mbu, an authentic Tanzanian village. We’ll also enjoy a special lunch prepared by the villagers.

Day 13. Ngorongoro Crater

The incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater was created by the implosion of a volcano. We descend to the crater floor in search of the ‘Big 5’ and discover the abundance of wildlife including wildebeest, zebra, elephants and hippos, set against a remarkable backdrop of forest-covered crater walls. In the afternoon we’ll witness some spectacular views over the Ngorongoro Crater on a nature walk along its rim. [B,L,D] 

Day 14. Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

Today we head for the sweeping plains of the Serengeti. En route we stop at Olduvai Gorge, home to world-renowned archaeological finds. We then head out on our first game drive in this breathtaking park. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Serengeti National Park

Our day is spent discovering the spectacular Serengeti! The landscape is characterised by vast rolling plains which we will explore on morning and afternoon game drives, looking for big cats, gazelles and zebra. [B,L,D]

Day 16. Serengeti NP - Stone Town

We transfer to the local airstrip this morning for our flight to Zanzibar. Formerly known as the "Spice Islands," Zanzibar is famous for its production of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. We enjoy a tour of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Highlights of the tour include the City Market, the Anglican Church of Christ, Sultan's Palace Museum, House of Wonders and the Old Fort. Enjoy the evening at leisure to relax on this exotic island. [B]

Day 17. Stone Town

Enjoy more time at leisure to wind down on the beach or explore more of this island paradise. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 18. Depart Stone Town 

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 19. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight within Africa
  • Light plane flight in Tanzania
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding open safari 4WD)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $325pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 9 nights in African lodges (4-4½ star)
  • 16 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 14 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver/guides in Rwanda & Tanzania
  • Professional trackers while trekking
  • English-speaking locally based guide in Zanzibar

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks are included
  • Gorilla and golden & Angola colobus monkey tracking permits are included (approx US$1,700)

Sightseeing

Feel the magic of the mountains in Rwanda

  • Take a city tour of Kigali, including the Kandt Museum and the Genocide Memorial.
  • Track Angola colobus monkeys in the largely untouched tropical Nyungwe Forest National Park.
  • Tour a typical Rwandan tea plantation and chat with the local farmers.
  • Explore local markets enroute to Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Visit the Bralirwa Brewery, Rwanda's largest brewer, at Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu.
  • Spend two nights enjoying the serenity in the foothills of Volcanoes National Park.
  • Search for the majestic and critically endangered mountain gorillas in the foothills of the Virungas.
  • Visit an award-winning conservation initiative in Rwanda, run by former poachers.
  • Track Golden monkeys.

Experience an incredible display of nature and tradition in Tanzania

  • Enjoy lunch and a tour of the plantation and factory at the Arusha Coffee Lodge.
  • Visit a local flower farm in Arusha.
  • Tour the city of Arusha visiting the famous Clock Tower (supposedly situated at the midpoint between Cairo and Cape Town), and the Maasai and Central Markets.
  • Admire the wildlife and scenery of Lake Manyara National Park from the Treetop Walkway, one of the longest in Africa.
  • Safari through scenic Lake Manyara National Park, home to the legendary tree-climbing lion.
  • Forest hike in Lake Manyara.
  • Visit local homes and the markets at Mto Wa Mbu, an authentic Tanzanian village, and learn about the rich cultural diversity of the region.
  • Descend to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater and search for wildlife against a unique backdrop of forest-covered crater walls.
  • Walk the rim of the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, created by the implosion of a volcano, and enjoy the spectacular views.
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge, home to world-renowned archaeological finds.
  • Go in search of the Big 5 on game drives in the famous Serengeti, the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas.

Explore the streets of Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar

  • Stroll through the charming alleys of Stone Town and visit the Sultan Palace, the Old Museum and the Old Market.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Please Note: moderate fitness levels are required for this tour. 

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
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Tips: Tipping Made Easy, $325pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $945pp
Single supplement: from $2,150
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

NOTE: This particular tour requires a moderate level of fitness. In Rwanda, the trek to visit the mountain gorillas can be up to 2 hours.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Onomo Hotel, Kigali

Onomo Hotel Kigali boasts one of the best-rated locations in the city, only a short walk from the Tourist Office, and offering views of the Kiyovo Valley and the city skyline from its terrace. The property provides all the facilities that are expected for the modern traveller including an outdoor swimming pool and free guest WiFi.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Emeraude Kivu Resort, Nyungwe

Emeraude Kivu Resort is located in Cyangugu. The accommodation offers a shared lounge and room service for guests.

Facilities: Wifi, heating, restaurant

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Gisenyi

Situated on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa, and surrounded by extensive tropical gardens, is the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. All rooms are presented in typically Pan-African style with balconies and extensive views of the lake, each offers 24-hour room service, in-room satellite TV, private safe and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Musanze

The perfect starting point for an adventure across the Volcanoes National Park, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel provides a relaxing atmosphere, surrounded by a beautiful garden setting. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; tea & coffee making facilities; outdoor swimming pool

Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa, Tanzania

Boasting a garden and bar, as well as a restaurant, Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa is set in Nkoanrua. The property is located 600 m from Lake Duluti.

Facilities: Wifi, garden, concierge  

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. Grouped around a central infinity pool, this unique lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool.

Facilities: free wifi (public areas); safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities (public areas)

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater

Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the world heritage Ngorongoro Crater, this hotel offers the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion, herds of gazelle and wildebeest. All of the spacious bedrooms have a glass fronted verandah where you can enjoy your own private view of the crater. Temperatures can drop in the evening and the bar area offers a cosy environment, with real fires and comfortable seating to enjoy. 

Facilities: free wifi (public areas); outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti Sopa Lodge is set in the Nyarboro Hills in the South West overlooking the Serengeti plains. The reception and dining areas are in grand Sopa style and feature floor to ceiling glass windows that look out over the surrounding landscape. The lounge and circular bar have comfortable chairs and couches dotted throughout where you can exchange highlights of your day's safari. The large outdoor pool is a great place to enjoy a break between game drives, take in a sunset or gaze up at the stars during the evening.

Facilities: wifi available; outdoor swimming pool

Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, Stone Town

Situated in the heart of Stone Town by the picturesque seafront, Tembo House has a history like no other. It has played numerous roles in the history of Zanzibar including that of the American Consulate, while also playing host to numerous celebrities including Mahatma Ghandi and Freddie Mercury and his family who used to vacation here from time to time. In a prime location, Tembo House is the perfect place to stay while in Stone Town with major attractions and historical sites nearby.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

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Currency

Currency

Rwandan Franc

The local currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (RWF).

  • 1 Franc = 100 Centime
  • Notes are in denominations of 100, 500, 1,000 and 5,000

Tanzanian Shilling

The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS; TSh).

  • Notes are in denominations of TSh10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500
  • Coins are in denominations of TSh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 but these are worth very little and are rarely used
  • USD are widley accepted throughout Tanzania

Please Note: In Kiswahili, it is shilingi and written prices are often denoted with the symbol /=; i.e. 100/= is the same as TSh100.

Optional Excursions

Tanzania

Serengeti Balloon Safari - (2.5 Hrs approx based on transfer to/from) – $450pp US
This morning enjoy an amazing experience as you take a balloon ride over the Serengeti National Park. Launching at dawn, rising as the sun rises, you’ll gently float over the plains of the magnificent Serengeti. On landing, you’ll be provided with a delicious bubbly-style bush breakfast

Please Note: All optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment is preferred by cash to your guide; however, credit cards may be accepted. Fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

Visa Information

 Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • A Tanzania E-visa needs to be applied for prior to travel.  This can be applied for here:  https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
  • A visa for Rwanda needs to be purchased upon arrival for $30pp US.
  • Non-Australian passport holder
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Luggage Info

Luggage Information

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Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.

  • A soft bag is required
  • There is a maximum weight of 15kg per person

If you have any other questions about luggage requirements, please feel free to call one of our consultants on 1800 286 645 or email us.

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Special Experiences!

  • Stop by a traditional tea plantation and chat with the local farmers.
  • Enjoy a magical encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas
  • Admire the scenery, monkeys and birds from high in the beautiful forest treetops on the Manyara Treetop Walkway, one of the longest in Africa.
  • Get a unique taste of Tanzanian culture, visiting Mto wa Mbu, an authentic Tanzanian village and enjoy a special lunch prepared by the villagers.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Transportation

4WD safari vehicle, plane & light aircraft

Tips

Tipping Made Easy, $325pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• The ‘Big Five’ in Serengeti National Park • Tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park • Angola colobus monkeys in Nyungwe Forest • Stay in the foothills of Volcanoes National Park and track mountain gorillas • Stroll the charming alleys of Stone Town

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