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Gorilla tracking & Zanzibar adventure

10 days from $6,430pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Kigali
  • Ruhengeri
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Nairobi
  • Zanzibar Airport
  • Zanzibar Island
  • The highlight of this trip is the gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, an unforgettable experience!

  • You can also explore more of Rwanda's beautiful countryside and search for golden monkeys on a second guided hike.

  • Finish your adventures with time relaxing on Zanzibar's white sandy beaches and swimming in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Audley Travel specialist Jack

What our specialists say...

This trip is ideal for those who would like to see the rare mountain gorillas of Rwanda and then also have some time to relax on the beach in Zanzibar. The trip begins with the excitement of the gorilla trek (permit included in the price of the itinerary) plus some additional time to explore the remote Volancoes National Park. Take a city tour of Rwanda's capital Kigali before flying across to Tanzania. From here it's on to Zanzibar for a week of relaxation at a pretty beach lodge. On Zanzibar you can explore the island and visit Stone Town with its fascinating history, or just spend time relaxing by the pool or on the beach!

We recommend this trip for:

  • Kigali
  • Ruhengeri
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Ruhengeri
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Ruhengeri
  • Kigali
  • Nairobi
  • Zanzibar Airport
  • Zanzibar Island

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Ruhengeri

Kigali , Ruhengeri

On arrival in Kigali you will be met by your guide and assisted with your bags. You will depart Kigali and drive through the winding countryside to Ruhengeri where you will settle into your lodge.

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Day 2 Ruhengeri

Volcanoes National Park , Ruhengeri

Today you will set off early after breakfast for the park headquarters where you will register for the gorilla trekking. Once you've been assigned a group and have had a briefing from your guide you will be driven to the trailhead where you will start the walk. Your trek will take anywhere from an hour to five hours to reach the gorillas - depending on which group you've been assigned. The terrain changes from farmland to bamboo forests and rainforest as you search for the gorillas. Once you've found the group you will have one hour to watche these incredible creatures and take photos.

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Day 3 Ruhengeri

Volcanoes National Park , Ruhengeri

Today you will visit the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park. This will be a completely different but just as rewarding experience to tracking the gorillas. You will search for the monkeys with your guide through the forest of the Volcanoes National Park. The walk is generally easier than the trek to the gorillas, although this depends on the monkeys' movements. There are two habituated troops of golden monkeys, both of which have around 80 members in the family. They are incredibly lively, so can be quite hard to photograph until they settle down or go into a clearing, but are fascinating to watch leaping from tree to tree! In the afternoon you will be taken across to Lake Burera and Ruhondo. These are two beautiful lakes located about 45 minutes out of Ruhengeri and it is possible to do some gentle walks in this area.

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Day 4 Zanzibar Island

Ruhengeri , Kigali , Nairobi , Zanzibar Airport , Zanzibar Island

After breakfast you will head back to Kigali with your driver-guide, a journey of around two hours. There will be time to do a short city tour of Kigali if you wish - the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum is well worth visiting if you're interested in learning more about the country's history. You will then fly out to Zanzibar via Nairobi. You will be met on arrival and driven across the colourful island to the palm fringed south coast where you will be able to relax after your Rwandan adventures.

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Day 5 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

At leisure at Unguja Lodge - you can spend the day relaxing and unwinding here on the beautiful stretch of beach, or by the pool, reading a book under the shade of a palm tree and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean. If you're feeling more active, you can easily arrange diving or snorkelling from the lodge's PADI-certified dive centre or choose from a range of other excursions to explore the island.

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Day 6 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

I'd highly recommend heading out on a snorkelling trip at some point during your stay - you will sail in a traditional dhow to one of the reefs, and can spend an hour or two watching the colourful marine life living in the corals off Zanzibar. This is a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon and a good opportunity to sail on a dhow as well!

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Day 7 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

One of my favourite things to do in Zanzibar is to visit one of the small-scale spice farms on the island - you get a really hands-on experience tasting and smelling the spices for which the island is famous. This can be easily arranged either in advance or when you're at the hotel, so you can see how you feel day by day.

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Day 8 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

Another good way to spend a morning or afternoon if you're looking for a change of scene from the beach, is to visit the Jozani Forest in the centre of the island. It's home to the rare red Kirk's colobus monkeys which are endemic to the island and which are really entertaining to watch leap and play in the trees!

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Day 9 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

For something completely different to the beach, you could head into Stone Town one day for a daytrip - the town is located on the west coast and is a busy and bustling town. You can hire a guide to help you explore the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets, learning about the town's fascinating past with a rich and dramatic history as a centre of colonial exploration and of the East African slave-trade. It's also a great opportunity to pick up any souvenirs.

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Day 10 Return home

Zanzibar Island

You will check out of your hotel today and will be driven across the island back to Zanzibar airport for your onward flights.

Audley Travel specialist Jack
Audley Travel specialist Amy

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