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9-day Rwanda & Tanzania Exclusive Tour




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Pleunie van Uden

Matoke Tours

Leading tour operator in East-Africa specialized in providing quality and tailor-made private tours.

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9-day Rwanda & Tanzania Exclusive Tour




/ person
  • 9 Days

9-day Rwanda & Tanzania Exclusive Tour

This multi-destination tour is perfect for people who want to combine Rwanda Gorilla tracking with the best national parks of Northern Tanzania. The tour starts on a high with tracking the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. In Tanzania you will visit some of the top game parks in the country, including the famous Serengeti plains and a Ngorongoro crater tour. Accommodation has been chosen for its superb location.

Welcome to Rwanda

A representative of Hotel des Mille Collines will be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight. Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse among the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! You can also pay a visit to the Genocide Memorial which is dedicated to 250.000 victims buried on the site. The center aims to educate visitors on how the Genocide against the Tutsi took shape. All activities and purchases today are at your own cost. Hotel des Mille Collines is known from the tragic film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ as the UN headquarters during the 1994 crisis in the country. Today it is a charming accommodation with the refurbished structure of the old building still visible. The swimming pool and the live music in the afternoon make it a wonderful place to just unwind before or after the flight. Read more

Kigali, Rwanda, 1 night

To Volcanoes National Park

A professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Kigali and take you to the stunning Volcanoes National Park, home of the Mountain Gorilla. You will stay at one of the most beautiful lodges in the area, known for its service, tranquility and great views. On one side you see the lakes Burera and Ruhondo. On the other side, you have magnificent views of the volcanoes Karisimbi, Mikeno and Visoke. At Virunga Lodge, you will be immersed in totally luxury. The stylish accommodation is an oasis of calm where you will gain forces for the Rwanda Gorilla Tracking next day. Read more

Volcanoes NP, 2 nights

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking

Today you will start early to depart for the Rwanda Gorilla Tracking! From the lodge, you drive into the park about 30 minutes to the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et Des Parc Nationaux (ORTPN). The head ranger of the ORTPN will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. From here your driver/guide will take you as close as possible to the starting point of your tracking. Today you will track one of the habituated Gorilla groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. The time taken to Rwanda Gorilla Tracking can take as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours! Your Rwanda Gorilla Tracking will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ current location. Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla, Rwanda Gorilla Tracking is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. Note: Matoke Tours purchases the permits in advance but is unable to reserve a specific gorilla group as it is for the head-ranger to decide this! Read more

Volcanoes NP

Welcome to Tanzania!

A professional driver will pick you up and take you to Kigali airport for your flight to Tanzania. Upon arrival, your Tanzanian driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer you to Arumeru River Lodge. Set on an old coffee plantation, this elegant lodge features beautiful cottages built in a mix of African and European styles. Read more

Arusha, Tanzania, 1 night

Lake Manyara NP or Tarangire NP

If your tour departs between January & May or in November and December you will visit Lake Manyara National Park on day 2. After an early breakfast you game drive out of the park and travel to ‘Mto wa Mbu’. The bustling farming community of Mto Wa Mbu is home to around 18,000 people. Onthis walk you’ll discover a side of Tanzania many visitors miss out on. A melting pot of cultures; Mto Wa Mbu is thought to be one of the only places in Tanzania where there are representatives from all 120 tribes living happilyside by side. During your visit you’ll get a good feel for thesocial side of the village – the farms and the millingmachines, the schools, markets and churches. You’ll likelyvisit the village banana plantation as well as a youth art project, and a wood workshop where you can watch skilled Makonde tribe members carve intricate figurines, masks and household objects. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller and most underrated parks.While it may lack the size and variety of other northern-circuit destinations, its vegetation is diverse and very beautiful. There are 11 ecosystems in all, ranging from savannah to marshland to the only evergreen rainforest in Tanzania. In the forest you can find baboons and other interesting animals where by the lake you can find flamingos (outside the rain season), pelicans and other water birds. Birders absolutely love Lake Manyara National Park because the big lake provides opportunities for observing over 300 migratory birds in fact. Among these are the long-crested eagle, the grey-headed kingfisher and other birds which are not found elsewhere in Tanzania. The park supports one of the highest biomass densities of large mammals in the world. The high chance to see elephant families moving through the forest as well as Lake Manyara's famous population of tree-climbing lions are reason enough to be excited. If your tour departs between June-October will visit Tarangire National Park on day 2. Today, after an early breakfast, you will be traveling to Tarangire National Park. The game drive can begin! Tarangire is best known for its many gigantic baobab trees and its large herds of elephants; it is a home to approximately 2,500 individuals and large herds are regularly viewed. Elephants gathering at the Tarangire River to drink make for a perfect panoramic picture! You can also spot many different animals like leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion. Also the birders will have so much to see; more than 500 different bird-species are present. This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Also it is the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Your driver/guide will have a lunch-box for you so you can picnic at a beautiful spot in the park. After your lunch your safari continues. Read more

Lake Manyara NP, 1 night

To Serengeti NP

A Tanzania safari tour is not complete without the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti National Park. This park hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means "endless plains" in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. Even the (long) drive towards your accommodation is one continuous safari! The park is usually described as divided into three regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. The latter is where we can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa's seasons. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. No matter which part of the park and in which season you visit, very few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti while on this Tanzania safari tour! After the incredible impressions of the Serengeti, you drive to your accommodation for a delicious diner and a good night’s sleep. Enjoy two nights in a refined retreat within the dazzling natural beauty of Serengeti National Park. Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp’s 16 custom-made canvas tents offer spacious and home-like comfort. They are widely spaced throughout the rocky glades of the camp. Reached by winding stone paths, each tent stands on a stone platform and has its own thatched roof. Your tent features two queen beds, free Wi-Fi and a private tented bathroom with hot water and flushing toilets. A private terrace outside of each tent allows you to take in the splendid beauty of the surroundings and room service is available. Read more

Serengeti NP, 2 nights

Game Drives in Serengeti NP

Early in the morning you leave your accommodation for a full day Tanzania safari tour! This is when Africa can reveals its cool side, so you should wrap up warm for the start of your day. Your guide will bring you as close as possible to the wildlife. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase. It is also a magical time, with the subtle light dappling the landscape, the birds awakening and the sense of a great adventure beginning to unfurl. You visit the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley. This valley is often termed as the ‘classic’ Serengeti;short grass plains with all different kind of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose. These full day safaris are the best way to see the full range of what this magnificent park has to offer. We will find you a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you continue your Tanzania safari tour back to Mbuzi Mawe tented camp where you have an excellent dinner and some time to relax. Tired but satisfied, you go to bed with dreams of Serengeti plains and getting ready for next next day's Ngorongoro Crater tour! Read more

Serengeti NP

Game Drive in a Ngorongoro Crater Tour

On this day of the Tanzania safari your, you enjoy a game drive on your way en-route out of the beautiful Serengeti and continue to a Ngorongoro Crater tour. In the afternoon, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater! This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Other wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle,flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colorful birds. After this amazing experience on the Ngorongoro Crater tour, you will continue to you accommodation for the night. A small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate, was built to offer our clients an original experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days. Offering 52 room cottages, 49 standard rooms and 3 suite rooms, all with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of good taste, with the purpose of offering our clients an imaginary journey to the life of the days gone. Read more

Karatu, 1 night


Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. If you are not ready to go home, continue your holiday in one of our other destinations in Africa.


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Kigali
Day 2
Location Volcanoes National Park
Day 4
Location Arusha
Day 5
Location Lake Manyara National Park
Day 5
Location Tarangire National Park
Day 6
Location Serengeti
Day 8
Location Karatu


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour in 4WD Landcruiser
  • Professional English speaking guide in Rwanda and Tanzania
  • One-way flight from Kigali to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Accommodation according to program
  • Meals according to program
  • National Park entrance fees according to program
  • All activities according to program
  • 1 Gorilla Tracking permit for Rwanda per person (USD 1500 per permit)

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Entry visa for Rwanda and Tanzania
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurances
  • Porter to carry backpack during the gorilla tracking
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Activities mentioned as optional in the program
  • Government tax or park fee increases

More information

  • A single supplement fee of USD 975 is not included in the rate.
  • Rates include 18% VAT imposed by the Tanzanian government
  • A number of the lodges have a holiday supplement for these dates. In case you are planning to travel during the Easter or Christmas/New Year period, ask us for the rate.


25 Reviews

Sarah, United States

The communication was clear and prompt, we couldn't decide on our itinerary based on work etc... and Harriet was really flexible and worked with us. Our driver Emmanuel made our 4 day stint fun and safe. We loved everything about our trip. Matoke tours took care of it all for us!

Howard, United States

“Matoke” means green bananas, and as you are guided through East Africa, especially Rwanda and Uganda, you see everyone eating them, buying them, cooking’s an apt name for a great local African tour company. I will always try to utilize Matokes expertise. Green bananas are the way to go! Read more

James, United States

Matoke is always quick to respond to any inquiries, check in on you during your safari and everyone on the team was very professional and made you feel like more than just a customer. The tour itself was AMAZING, our tour guide Gabriel was very knowledgeable. Thank you for an unforgettable tour!



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