Gay Africa: If you have ever wanted to get up-close-and-personal with exotic wildlife and enjoy places of breathtaking natural beauty then this gay group trip encompasses all of that and more. Experience coming face-to-face with mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, viewing elephants, leopards, lions, zebras and more on multiple game drives in different National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites plus many more activities whilst travelling in a group with other like-minded gay travellers whilst taking in the best of both Rwanda and Tanzania.
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Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Arrival
Today you’ll arrive into Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania where you will be met by a tour representative and transferred over to your starting hotel – The Arusha Coffee Lodge. The vibrant town of Arusha is found at the base of the towering Mt. Meru and it is on the outskirts of Arusha you will find the coffee lodge hidden within one of the country’s largest coffee plantations.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After enjoying a hearty breakfast and lunch in the lodge you will be transferred to Arusha Airport where you’ll catch a short flight to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park. Once you have arrived you will be met by representatives of the tour and taken on your first game drive around the park. Tarangire National Park is one of the most diverse places in Africa in terms of the wildlife that resides here, the plants and vegetation and the landscapes. The park has the largest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti and on your game drive you are likely to be able to spot herds of elephants, zebras, buffalo, gazelle, hartebeest and more. At the end of your game drive, you will arrive at the luxurious Tarangire Treetops where the rooms are built high on stilts into the trees giving the most fabulous views of the sunsets.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
You’ll enjoy breakfast in the morning before travelling to a traditional Massai village where you’ll interact with the locals, learn about their way of life and get an insight into what it is like to live here. After this you’ll enjoy a walking safari to get more up close and personal with the wild. Follow the animal tracks, learn about the vegetation and discover more about the indigenous people that live here. Following the tour you’ll enjoy cocktails and dinner on Sunset Hill before embarking on a night game drive to see how the park comes alive when the sun goes down and the nocturnal wildlife comes out to play.
Day 4: Tarangire National Park To Karatu
Have breakfast at the hotel before your morning game drive through Tarangire National Park. From here, enjoy a picnic lunch en route to Kuro Airstrip where you’ll take a short flight to Manyara Airstrip. Once you have arrived you will be transferred to The Manor where you’ll be greeted with a tea party. The Manor is an elegant, luxurious manor house located adjacent to the Ngorongoro conservation area within a huge Arabica coffee estate.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast at the hotel you will embark on a full day of exploring the famous Ngorongoro Crater which is known by many as the ‘Eigth Wonder of the World’. The 18-kilometre crater is the remnants of a long-extinct volcano which has given new life to the wildlife in the area and has become a must-see due to the sheer masses of animals that can be found here. You’ll have a picnic lunch on the crater rim to allow for spectacular views before exploring more of the crater. In the evening you’ll return to the Manor where you’ll enjoy cocktails and dinner.
Day 6: Karatu To Serengeti National Park
Today you have a range of activities to choose from. Firstly you can choose to stay at the estate where you can enjoy many different activities such as horseback riding, cycling, a tour of the coffee estate, a lovely massage treatment or just relaxing. Your other option is visiting Lake Manyara which was described by Ernest Hemingway as the loveliest lake in Africa. Lake Manyara is one of the most underrated parks in Tanzania but is home to the largest collection of large mammals and it is common to spot herds of elephants, baboons, hippos, buffalo, giraffes and tree-climbing lions. Once you have had lunch you will be transferred to Manyara Airstrip where you will catch a short flight to the Serengeti. You will stay at either the Serengeti Migration Camp or the Serengeti Pioneer Camp (decided before arrival), both of which are top-end, luxury tented lodges – perfect bases for a visit to the Serengeti.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll set out to explore the most famous National Park in Africa – the Serengeti. The Serengeti is the oldest and most popular National Park due to the sheer mass of animals that can be spotted during the annual migration. Hundreds and thousands of zebras and wildebeest can be spotted, as well as a good number of crocodiles, honey badgers and more. You’ll discover more of the wildlife, vegetation, landscapes and eco-system on a game drive around the National Park whilst taking in the endless stretches of grassland and golden savannah. You’ll have lunch in the bush and enjoy more game driving in the afternoon. The evening will be spent back at the tented camp admiring the starry night sky with dinner and drinks.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park To Arusha
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, with the morning consisting of enjoying the sunrise on a game walk. You’ll come together for lunch before enjoying another game drive en route to the airstrip for a short flight to Kigali. Once you have arrived in Kigali you will be met by tour representatives and transferred to the Kigali Serena Hotel – a beautiful luxury hotel in Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 9: Mountain Gorilla Experience
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park where you will be briefed by the guides on how to behave in the forest, safety procedures and how to act in the presence of mountain gorillas. You’ll trek through the fields to the edge of the forest where you’ll start your gorilla trek on the search for mountain gorillas. Only a few permits are handed out each day to limit the impact of humans on the area and to keep a good relationship with these intelligent mammals. Make sure to bring a good camera to get some good snaps! After the trek you’ll be transferred to the Virunga Lodge which gives you breathtaking panoramic views of the Virunga Volcanoes and Musanze Valley. Lunch and dinner will be served here. (Additional permit required for Mountain Gorilla Trek).
Day 10: Golden Monkey Experience
Today you’ll embark on the search for the endangered golden monkeys which live amongst the bamboo forest at the base of the volcanoes. You’ll trek through the forests searching for these gentle creatures so make sure you bring a good camera. In the evening enjoy lunch and dinner back at the Kigali Serena Hotel. (Additional permit required for Golden Monkey Trek)
Day 11: Departure
After breakfast, you will say goodbye to your fellow travellers before being transferred to the airport ready to catch your departing flight home.
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