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Preliminary Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya itinerary

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I am in the process of planning a safari to Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya for late July – early August. I have read many of the posts on this board and have gotten some great information, and now I wanted to get your feedback on a possible itinerary. Please remember, that this is a very preliminary itinerary and am fairly flexible with any suggestions you have.

Fly from States to Kigali, Rwanda
Day 1 - arrive in Kigali and transfer to Novotel Umubano Hotel
Day 2 - drive to Ruhengeri. Stay at Gorilla's Nest Lodge
Day 3 - gorilla trek. Overnight at Gorilla's Nest Lodge
Day 4 - gorilla trek. Return to Kigali for another night at Novotel Umubano Hotel.
Day 5 - transfer to airport. Fly to Arusha. Night at Arusha Coffee Lodge
Day 6 - Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Day 7 - Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Day 8 - Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Day 10 - Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Day 11 - Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Day 12 - fly to Nairobi to catch flight back to the States

The Rwanda part will be booked through either Unusual Destinations or Primate Safaris and the rest through CCAfrica.

I have done some reading on this board and on a number of other resources, and suggested the following changes to my travel agent.

Days 1 - 4 would be the same.
Day 5 - transfer to airport. Fly to Arusha. Fly to Zanzibar
Day 6 - Zanzibar
Day 7 - Zanzibar
Day 8 - fly back to Arusha. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Day 10 - Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Day 11 - Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Day 12 - Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Day 13 - Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Day 14 - Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Day 15 - fly to Nairobi to catch flight back to the States


I'm not sure if the ordering looks right, but I am flexible regarding this. Would it be easier to end in Zanzibar?

My main goals are to see the mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, the migration, and take a balloon ride and possibly a Masai village visit. I understand that the migration can never be completely predicted, and I have read that it might be in ether the Serengeti or Mara during this time period. If I skip the Serengeti, what do you think my chances are of seeing the Migration at Kichwa Tembo? Also, I added in Zanzibar because the pictures just looked so amazing. Is it worth flying this far just to go to the beach?

Cost is somewhat of an issue... I can’t afford to do everything top of the line, but I would rather pay more for a great game drive. I don't care as much where I sleep, as I do experiencing Africa and seeing the animals. For instance, CCAfrica originally had me booked at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. As great at this sounded, I would rather spend the money by extended my vacation and seeing more of this part of the world.

I went to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe about 4 years ago, and absolutely feel in love with Africa. I can't wait to get back!

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