Gorillas and the Mara

Gorillas and the Mara

The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa's finest and most renowned lodges. Perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Virunga Lodge is the first choice for tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.

After this life changing experience we’ll spend 5 nights in the Maasai Mara at Angama located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The Mara is considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent.

For sale until: 13 April 2019

Destinations: Africa

Commencing: Cape Town, South Africa

Duration: 11 nights

Departure Date: 13 April 2019

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Highlights

  • Small group limited to only 20 guests 
  • Fully hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host 

Dubai

  • 2 night stopover at Raffles Dubai with Raffles Club Lounge access 

Virunga Lodge, Rwanda: The Luxury Gorilla Experience in Rwanda 

  • 3 nights at the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges.
  • 2 full days of scheduled gorilla trekking (inclusive of gorilla trekking permits
  • Full board accommodation including all soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages 
  • Complimentary daily massage for every guest 
  • Complimentary laundry service (allow 48 hour turnaround) 
  • Visit the grave of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favorite gorilla, Digit, and many other gorillas 

Angama Mara, Maasai Mara, Kenya: Between Heaven and Earth 

  • 5 nights in the Mara Triangle overlooking the vast plains of the Maasai Mara 
  • Unrivalled exclusivity with private airfield and a track directly down into the Reserve 
  • Admire the 700 hectare site directly bordering the Mara Triangle, with 1.2 km of Rift Valley frontage
  • All guided safaris in the Mara Triangle in open vehicles
  • Guided walking safaris on the Rift Valley escarpment
  • Full board accommodation including all meals and most beverages  
  • Fitness Room with Techno-gym equipment and floor-to-ceiling glass doors overlooking the Mara
 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Saturday 13 Apr 2019

    - / Dubai, UAE

    Welcome to Dubai! On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, Raffles delivers impeccable service and sophisticated style.

    Raffles Dubai 

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    Day 02

    Sunday 14 Apr 2019

    Dubai, UAE

    Enjoy exclusive Raffles Club Lounge benefits including afternoon tea, evening canapés and cocktails at the Lounge. Spend the day at leisure. 

    Raffles Dubai (B/-/-) 

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    Day 03

    Monday 15 Apr 2019

    Kigali, Rwanda

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kigali. Rwanda's capital and biggest city is built across an undulating series of lush hills surrounded by higher mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1,850m above sea level. 

    Serena Kigali Hotel (B/-/-) 

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    Day 04

    Tuesday 16 Apr 2019

    Volcanoes National Park

    After breakfast, we set off for Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. You will be greeted with a warm Rwanda welcome as you settle in for a light lunch. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the roaring fire. 

    Virunga Lodge (B/L/D) 

  • Gorila Tracking Briefing

    Day 05

    Wednesday 17 Apr 2019

    Volcanoes National Park

    Time to go Gorilla Trekking! It is an early start for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the enchanting bamboo forest on the slopes of the Virunga range of volcanoes. Transfer to Volcanos Park for a short briefing, before you head off into the Mountains. The hike can range from 2-6 hours depending on the Gorilla Family you're tracking. Porters will assist during the hike. After spending time with these gentle apes, you'll return to base in time for a late lunch. 

    Virunga Lodge (B/L/D)

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    Day 06

    Thursday 18 Apr 2019

    Volcanoes National Park

    Second day for a Gorilla Trekking. The Virunga Mountains is home to around 480 mountain gorillas, more than half of the world's entire population. Gorilla tracking requires some agility and fitness. 

    Virunga Lodge (B/L/D)

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    Day 07

    Friday 19 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    There will be an early morning wake up call with packed breakfast boxes for your transfer back to Kigali International Airport for your flight to Nairobi. A short charter flight from Nairobi will take you to Angama Mara's private airfield. A group of Maasai warriors await your arrival with a warm Kenyan welcome. 

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 08

    Saturday 20 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Early morning we're heading down to the lovely Mara Triangle for a game drive with a safari breakfast. Spend the afternoon at leisure by the pool or take a gentle afternoon walk up the Out of Africa kopje where many of the scenes from the movie were filmed. Meet for early drinks where two Maasai naturalists share insights into their culture. 

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 09

    Sunday 21 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Enjoy an early morning game drive. After lunch, visit the local Maasai school where the learners will delight you with songs of their culture. The afternoon is free to enjoy an in-room massage or afternoon walking safari.

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 10

    Monday 22 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Early morning wake up call is followed by a walk along the escarpment with one of Maasai naturalists. This walk is filled with Maasai culture and offers great birding along the way. Learn more about how the Maasai live and shop at the local market with a visit to a traditional Maasai Village. 

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 11

    Tuesday 23 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Today's full day safari takes you down to the Tanzanian border with a picnic lunch to be enjoyed in the middle of nowhere. This is one of the loveliest game drives of all – you probably won’t see another soul. 

    Angama Mara (B/L/D)

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    Day 12

    Wednesday 24 Apr 2019

    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    After one last early morning safari in the Mara, farewell the Angama Mara family before heading back to the airfield and onward flight back to Nairobi. On arrival in Nairobi you will be met and assisted through immigration to check in for your international flight home.

    Check-out of Angama Mara (B/-/-) 

Gorillas and the Mara Map
 

Inclusions

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01. FLGHTS

Inclusive of:

  • Return airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply)^
  • Return International Economy Class airfares from Australia 
  • Upgrade to Business or First Class (subject to availability) 
  • Lodge View 2
  • Double Banda
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02. ACCOMMODATION

Inclusive of: 

  • Raffles, Dubai (2 nights) 
  • Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali (1 night) 
  • Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes National Park (3 nights) 
  • Angama Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve (5 nights) 
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03. RAFFLES DUBAI

Raffles Club Lounge Privileges:

  • Personalised check-in and check-out at the Raffles Club Lounge
  • Daily continental breakfast at the Raffles Club Lounge (6.30am-10.30am)
  • Afternoon Tea at the Raffles Club Lounge (3.00pm-5.00pm)
  • Evening canapés and cocktails at the Raffles Club Lounge (6.00pm-8.00pm)
  • Pressing up to two clothing items per stay
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  • Double Banda
  • Gorila Tracking Briefing
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04. VIRUNGA LODGE

The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda. The lodge is perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. 

  • Full board accommodation including soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages
  • All rooms complete with en-suite bathrooms
  • Complimentary laundry service (allow 48h hour turn-around) 
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05. ANGAMA MARA

Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara. With tented suites, a private airfield and access to the Mara below, you will find tailor-made safari days and a famously warm Kenyan welcome.

  • Each tented suite is over 100 sqm
  • All guided safaris in the Mara Triangle in open vehicles
  • Guided walking safaris on the Rift Valley escarpment
  • All meals and drinks (excluding French Champagne)
  • In-room WiFi 
  • Same-day laundry service
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance 
 
Category:
from $23,335.00 per person

General: All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, inclusive of all discounts. All prices and itineraries are current at time of publishing and subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking and may vary until full payment is received. The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated in the itinerary are approximate, provided for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final travel documents at approximately 21 days prior to departure. You will then receive a Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments. ^Transfer offer: Australian address must be within 60 km radius of each capital city airport, additional charges may apply otherwise. *Flight upgrades: Premium Economy, Business and First Class flights are based on using the most direct route from Sydney, and may be priced on mixed carriers. Upgrade pricing is an approximate only and is subject to availability, seasonality and ticket validity. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Conditions apply.