17 Day Rwanda and Kenya Coastal Beach Experience

  17 Days 16 Nights

 Kenya Coast Safari

Overview

This safari Package will take you for Gorilla Tracking Rwanda and tour a country with “a thousand hills”. Rwanda, Uganda and DRC are the only countries that are home to the endangered mountain Gorillas in the whole world. Besides trekking Rwanda gorillas, you will go for a Kigali city excursion, golden monkey tracking among other optional activities as well as visiting Nyungwe forest national park for either chimpanzee trekking or canopy walk, Then Akagera National Park for Wildlife viewing and Boat cruise experience. You will then spend your last days of safari at the Kenya coastal Beaches.

The beach experience combines both the north and south coast. It takes you to four counties and beach center towns of Mombasa, Watamu, Malindi and Diani. During your stay, you get to enjoy beach life, excursions to top marine national park, decorated cultural and historical sites and monuments, taste sea food, relax and enjoy yourself.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day one: Arrival and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park.
  • Day two: Chimpanzee trekking or canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park.
  • Day three: Drive to Volcanoes National Park.
  • Day Four: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
  • Day Five: Drive to Akagera National Park
  • Day Six: Morning game drive and Afternoon Boat cruise
  • Day Seven: Morning game drive and drive back to Kigali for overnight
  • Day Eight: Fly to Mombasa
  • Day Nine: Mombasa Beach Life
  • Day Ten:  Transfer to Watamu
  • Day Eleven: Boat cruise to Watamu Marine National Park
  • Day Twelve: Transfer to Malindi/ Town tour
  • Day Thirteen:  Malindi beach life
  • Day Fourteen: Transfer to Diani
  • Day Fifteen: Diani beach life
  • Day Sixteen: Excursion to Wasin and Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park
  • Day Seventeen:  Transfer to Moi international Airport

 

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival

  • You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

DAY 1: Pick up from Kigali and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked by our professional tour guide who will take you for a city excursion in and around Kigali so that you are oriented about this great country with a thousand hills. After this excursion, will drive to Nyungwe for your overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Top view Hill Hotel/ One and only Nyungwe

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Drive time: 6 hours


DAY 2: Chimpanzee trekking and Canopy walk in Nyungwe

After your breakfast, you will transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park for briefing and then chimpanzee trekking in the forest. Please note that chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park are semi habituated and as such, you will be required to wake up early for you to have chances of spotting them. You will as well go for the adventurous canopy walk which involves walking from one end of the forest to another viewing bird, and other species of primates. Return to the lodge for overnight.

Acommodation: Nyungwe Top view Hotel/Only and only Nyungwe

Meal Plan: All Meals included


DAY 3: Drive to Volcanoes National Park

After your breakfast, you will leave Nyungwe Forest for Volcanoes National Park arriving in the late afternoon for overnight at your lodge.

Lodge: Lebambou Gorilla Lodge/Five Volcanoes lodge

Drive time: 6-7 hours drive

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 4: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Early morning benefit from a tasty breakfast at the lodge before your first exciting morning drive through the Switzerland of Rwanda Park that is too clear in the indigenous forest for Gorilla trekking and draws one to the real side of natural beauty. The activity immerses you into the strange intimacy of the rainforest plus a live call of colorful birds, chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountain elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Have lunch at the lodge and later relax up at the lodge from the tiresome and exciting activity.

Lodge: Lebambou Gorilla Lodge/Five Volcanoes lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 5: Drive to Akagera National Park

In the Morning, you will depart for Akagera National Park located in North East of Rwanda arriving in the evening. This will be followed by a short relaxation and an evening game drive and Return to your lodge for overnight.

Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was re-allocated as farms and in 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 sq km (nearly 10% of the surface area of Rwanda) to its current extent of 1,152 sq km. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera return to its former glories. It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa

Lodge: Akagera Game lodge/Ruzizi Tented Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 6: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Today, you will enjoy an early morning game drive in Akagera National park and a boat cruise on Lake Ihema Wildlife Game Drives in Akagera National Park area a great way to encounter numerous animal species including; lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, kobs among many others. After the lunch break you shall go for a boat ride on Lake Ihema. The boat ride offers an opportunity for more wildlife sightings, more so the marine animals such as hippos and crocodiles and moreover at a very close but safe range. The lake has also a great concentration of over 500 bird species some of which include the shoebill storks, herons, jacanas, ibis, gonolek among others. After the exciting boat ride you overnight and dinner the lodge

Lodge: Akagera Game lodge/Ruzizi Tented Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 7: Morning game drive and drive back to Kigali

After breakfast, you will do a short game drive and you exit the Park and proceed to Kigali for a city tour and overnight.

Lodge: Hotel Des Millie

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 8: International flight to Kenya, Arrival and transfer to Mombasa

Arrival at Moi international Airport and you will be picked up by your safari guide of the day who will meet, greet and take you for Mombasa city tour that may include a visit to Fort Jesus, several temples, Maama Ngina and craft markets. Lunch will be served in a selected restaurant and then proceed to your Beach hotel for dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Neptune beach Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


Day 9: Mombasa Beach Life

After your breakfast, you will be free to enjoy beach life on the shores of the Indian ocean. Mombasa is located on the northern shores of Indian ocean and you may decide to swim, enjoy the beauty of the blue water, participate in boat rides, take a walk on the beach and or swim in Hotel swimming pools. Mombasa Beach hotels have some of the best swimming pools in East Africa.

Accommodation: Neptune beach Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


DAY 10: Transfer to Watamu

After breakfast, your driver guide will drive you to Watamu for a visit to Watamu Marine National Park. Watamu has one of the finest white beaches located in a remote part of Kenya. Your journey will take you through some industrial parks as well as some green plains and forest. Arrive intime for lunch, relaxation at the beach, swimming, dinner and overnight at your Beach Hotel

Accommodation: Watamu Beach Cottage/Visiwa Beach Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


Day 11: Watamu Marine National Park

After breakfast, you will be briefed, registered and then embark on your boat cruise to Watamu Marine National Park. Here you will have an opportunity to spot a variety of see fish and wildlife including Dolphins (This will depend on your luck and season). Optional activities here include snorkeling, diving, swimming and so much more.

Lunch will be served at the island as the locals entertain you. Its your chance to taste some sea foods and local cuisines. You will retire to your lodge for dinner, entertainment and overnight.

Accommodation: Watamu Beach Cottage/Visiwa Beach Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


Day 15: Transfer to Malindi

After breakfast, you will be driven to Malindi town for a city tour where you will visit some historical mosques and the famous Fort Lugard monument. Transfer to your beach hotel to enjoy life on the Malindi white sand beaches as you observe the beautiful blue ocean waters of the Indian ocean. Feel free to swim at the hotel swimming pool or in the ocean. Dinner and overnight at your Beach Hotel.

Accommodation: Leopard Point Luxury Beach Resort/Sandies Malindi dream Garden Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


Day 13: Malindi Beach life

After breakfast, take on an adventure to the white sand beach for a walk or optional boat cruise. Relax on the beach and observe the beauty of Indian ocean. Interact with the locals and other travelers on the beach.

Return to your beach hotel for Lunch, evening swimming at the Hotel pool. Dinner and overnight in Malindi.

Accommodation: Leopard Point Luxury Beach Resort/Sandies Malindi dream Garden Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


Day 14: Transfer to Diani

After breakfast, you will be driven to Mombasa ferry crossing point onwards to Diani. The journey is about 3-4 hours and you will arrive in time for a lunch and relaxation. Dinner and overnight in Diani.

Accommodation: Swahili Beach Resort /Leopard Beach Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


Day 15: Diani Beach life

After your breakfast, you are free to relax on the beach, take a walk on this beautiful beach that stretches 17kms as you observe tides and blue ocean with happy people. This is one of the most amazing experiences you should not miss. The walk on this beautiful Diani beach is so relaxing and rewarding. Return to your Hotel for Lunch, short relaxation and swimming in the pool or ocean.  A couple of surprise activities may be arranged for you to make sure that you enjoy your stay.

Accommodation: Swahili Beach Resort /Leopard Beach Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


Day 16: Excursion to Wasin and Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park

After an early morning breakfast, your driver transfer you to Shimoni south of Diani where you will be registered and then be allowed to take a boat excursion to Kisite-Mpunguti and Wasin Island.

These boats are operated by the locals who are very knowledgeable in as far as Marine life in Indian ocean is concerned. At Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, you may have an opportunity to see Dolphins, see fish species, Coral reefs among others. While at this marine park, you are free to jump out of the boat for swimming, snokeling or relax in the middle of the ocean.

After your visit to this Marine National Park, you will take your boat to Wasin Island where a variety of dishes are served. You will have a chance to test see food and fish as well as local juice prepared by women on this Island restaurant.

Wasin Island restaurant is an example of how marine tourism is contributing to the development of the locals. All the proceeds from the sell of meals go to community projects. The locals here will also share with you their culture which is very amazing. After lunch, you will transfer by boat to Shimoni and then back to your Beach resort hotel for relaxation,

Accommodation: Swahili Beach Resort /Leopard Beach Resort

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water


Day 17: Transfer to Moi International Airport for your flight out to end the trip

After breakfast and depending on your flight details, you will be transferred to Moi International Airport for your outbound flight.

Accommodation: End of Tour, No accommodation

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

End of Tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel)

This safari is available on private basis so you can contact us for a quote. Provide us with details of how many people you will be in a group, when you intend to travel and one of our specialists will respond to you as soon as we receive your email

Safari Vans

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

Safari land cruiser

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

New Normal Travel Guidelines (SOPs)

At Encounter Africa Safaris our core value is to provide you with an authentic safari experience during these new and changing times when the whole world is alert about the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus. Encounter Africa Safari Travel SOPS have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing, safety and health of our clients and as such guidelines and measures have been put in place as we return to the new normal post covid-19. All these are in line with advice, guidelines and procedures for a post covid-19 traveler put in place by WHO, UNWTO, UWA, AUTO, UTB and Civil Aviation.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers and even those without symptoms. These include:

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred and are not easily soiled. All travelers are advised to carry with.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; the recommended type of mask is the N95.
  • Refrain from touching mouth, eyes and nose, in general areas of the face.
  • Postponing travel plans in cases of illness, and avoiding contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, hence social distance of at least one meter apart and if you are not sure of your health then postpone travel until you feel

On arrival at the airport or any entry point

  • Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates at the Airport.
  • Clients are required to have tested for the Virus prior to travel dates and should carry with medical documents supported by medical evidence and consistent with health best practices.
  • A non-contact system (digital travel) has been introduced at the Airport for clients to check in and out and at visa points, you will be attended to by someone behind a glass shield and they will also wear face masks and protectors to maintain as little contact as possible.
  • It’s now a must for all travel bags to be wrapped in plastic bags for travelers who are checking in at the Airport.
  • Mandatory hand washing / sanitizing at all entrances of the Airport for all travelers and staff.
  • Face masks are a must for all travelers, the recommended mask is an N95.
  • Tours should not exceed more than 4 in a group to maintain social distancing and walk marks in place around the airport.

In the vehicle while traveling.

  • Regular communication of safety protocols and responsibilities to clients, and to keep them informed and reminded to stay vigilant while enjoying.
  • Onboard sanitizing tissues and/or fluids to clients (travelers) and staff (driver guides and the like) will be available and we encourage you to use them.
  • Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Hence we will minimize the stops and set designated stopping areas that we prove to be safe for our health and we will encourage a takeaway food system to seating in hotels during stops. We rather encourage picnic eating along the way.
  • Cleaning all surfaces more frequently, using products and disinfectants that meet requirements with special attention to high-touch surfaces like vehicle door knobs, picnic boxes, hand rests, refrigerators, etc.
  • Redesigning all processes towards a more digital and touchless approach in all possible touch-points. Like cashless payment points as money has been found to spread the virus.
  • Reduce the number of objects on board. Limit luggage quantities while traveling to only what is enough for your tour.

At the lodge.

Encounter Africa Safaris is working with only those lodges that have proven to uphold the health of our clients first and practicing as per the guidelines of WHO as below;

  • Our partner hotels, lodges and restaurants are those that have increased the frequency of cleaning in common areas and contact surfaces and rooms. The lodges have also gone further to put hand sanitizers in both the common room and in bedrooms.
  • Social distancing is a must in lodges we use of at least one meter which is the standard around the world.
  • Upon arrival standard safety protocols will be outlined and how the lodge is practicing them to prevent spread of the virus in case a person is found to be sick.
  • Our partner hotels and lodges keep spare rooms for possible sick or quarantine guests that are suspected to have the virus and later inform authorities about it.
  • The hotels and lodges we use have implemented contactless check-in and provide guests with a hygiene welcome kit where possible (this may include gloves, masks, and sanitizers).
  • Where possible temperature will be taken using a contactless infra-red thermometer as a basic standard for checking the common symptom of covid-19.
  • The partner lodges have adopted new services such as room service or picnic takeaway to reduce convergence in the common dining area at the lodge and also you are encouraged to avoid buffets while ordering for meals as these attract many people.
  • Our partners lodges and hotels foster flexibility in all their operations, such as those that can amend bookings if clients are not able to make it at suggested times and those that can keep credit for the client until when they are fit to travel.

At the national parks.

  • All Staff and visitors shall wear the right face masks that have been prescribed by Ministry of Health (Visitors will carry their own masks an N95).
  • Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority will inform the visitor of the general government approved covid operational guidelines. They will explain to the visitor the UWA safety COVID measures (DOs and DONTs) during their tour and stay within the protected areas.
  • The tourists shall be required to provide a certificate that shows that they are COVID negative, either provided by our Ministry of Health or the relevant authority from the country most recently visited.
  • Temperature screening will be done at the key tourism gates of the different National Park. Those with temperatures above 37.6 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed into the protected areas and shall be advised to seek medical help through the mechanisms set up by authorities to get to the nearest quarantine location.
  • Every tourist shall have wash and disinfect their hands at all entry points to the protected areas. Sanitary alcohol sanitizer dispensers as well as hand washing facilities with soap shall be installed at all entry points.
  • There will be regular disinfecting of common areas with heavy tourist contact before, during and after visiting hours. These include information counters, service desks, waiting areas, park offices and toilets. Toilets in particular should be cleaned at least every 2 hours
  • Where applicable, transparent screens will be fitted at all, park gate counters. The staff manning the gate will only allow visitors who have the prescribed face masks and who have washed/ sanitized to enter the park

Tourist vehicles and boats within the national parks

  • The National guidelines issued by MoH shall be enforced by tourists while in visiting the National Parks i.e
    • Saloon cars – 3 persons (This does not include the guide, where one is requested and paid for)
    • Buses, mini buses and omnibuses – Half capacity
    • Overlanders – Half capacity
    • Concessionaire delivery vehicles, pick-ups and lories – 2 persons
    • Private boats and launches – Half capacity
    • Tour operator game drive vehicles and UWA owned game drive vehicles – 6 persons
  • Social distancing should be observed within the vehicles
  • Tour operators and service providers will be regularly reminded to disinfect their cars regularly
  • UWA owned vehicles will be washed every day before use and disinfected daily through spray pumps
  • Every protected area shall provide a safe location where this spraying can be done, and where they tour operators can also park their cars to disinfect them
  • All tour operators shall be encouraged to provide their drivers with an alcohol rub/hand sanitizer for frequently or alternatively wear gloves. Caution should however be taken to remove this sanitizer whenever the car is parked
  • All other precautionary measures have to be enforced ie washing hands, social distancing and cautiously using masks

Key Tourism Activities

Briefing of tourists

  • Before engaging in any tourism activities, the tourists shall be given the usual briefing regarding the activities they are about to engage in. In addition to this, the guides shall remind the tourists about the risk / looming dangers of covid and brief them on the general preventative measures government has instituted and the measure they will be expected to abide by while in the Protected Areas, and remind them that it’s both for their safety and that of the wildlife.
  • These guidelines and measures shall also be printed and displayed in key visible areas within the park such as the briefing areas, the gates, the information centres, the canteens, to mention but a few.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking

  • The existing gorilla and chimpanzee tracking rules and guidelines (see annex) will remain in force to prevent any human to animal transmissions. These include
    • 8 and 6 tourists will be allowed to track the gorillas and chimpanzees respectively
    • The tourists must keep 7m away from the gorillas and chimpanzees
    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be overly coughing shall not be allowed to track
    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include tourists with signs flu, and those who report to have diarrhoea and stomach upsets, malaria etc
  • While the forests are dense and don’t have any specific trails for tracking, the assigned UWA guides shall try as humanly possible to ensure that there is social distancing among the tourists while the tracking takes place
  • The tourists shall be encouraged to carry light equipment to minimise the need for potters while they undertake the tracking. This will be communicated to potential tourists through the tour operators and other fora
  • Due to the reported side effects of putting on masks for long periods and in high altitudes, the number of breaks during the tracking shall be doubled to give tourists time to breathe fresh air.
  • During these breaks, social distancing should be observed

Game Drives

  • The regular park rules shall apply
  • The vehicle guidelines above shall also apply
  • Where a guide is requested, the guide shall sit at the front and shall continuously remind the tourists about the need to social distance
  • Masks shall be worn at all time
  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find a safe and secure place to park the vehicle and allow for the tourists to get fresh air while maintaining social distance

Boat Cruises

  • The regular park rules shall apply
  • The boat and launches guidelines above shall also apply
  • The UWA owned boats must be cleaned and disinfected every day before any boat cruise activity
  • The concessionaire shall also be required to clean and disinfect their boats every day before any boat activities
  • The guide shall enforce social distancing while on the boat.
  • Masks shall be worn at all time while on the boat
  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find space within the boat for this client to get some fresh air for a few minutes. This shall be away from the other tourists

Anticipated travel needs for anyone traveling post Covid-19

  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
  • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
  • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places. Mask N95 is recommended while traveling to Uganda.
  • Prepare food and water for your trip where possible and avoid eating at places providing buffets.
  • Limit the number of people you get in contact with while on safari.

For more information about safety and healthy responses and updates on Covid-19 in Uganda and East Africa, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa Safaris

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