Great apes to great plains in the ultimate luxury

September 20th 2019  |   Rwanda, Tanzania  |  by   Alice Gully
Elephants at Singita Faru Faru in the Serengeti, Tanzania

As if tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda combined with a safari in the Serengeti wasn’t enough to warrant the moniker ‘ultimate’, we thought we’d go one better and suggest staying in some of Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges and camps to boot.

Safari luxury at Singita Faru Faru in the Serengeti

Safari luxury at Singita Faru Faru in the Serengeti

Kigali, Rwanda – northern Serengeti

It’s all made possible by the flight from Rwanda’s capital Kigali to the northern Serengeti which means in little over five hours you can be whisked from the lush green mountains to the waving grasslands of the Serengeti.

Singita Kwitonda overlooking the Virunga mountains

Singita Kwitonda overlooking the Virunga mountains, near Volcanoes National Park

Singita – conservation and luxury

We’ve been fans of Singita’s wonderful safari lodges in Tanzania and Southern Africa for many years.  With conservation a core value, the concessions and reserves in which it operates are some of the most pristine wilderness areas on the continent.  It’s no surprise then that high-altitude cloud forests of Rwanda, home to some 300 mountain gorillas, is the destination for Singita’s newest lodge – Singita Kwitonda – which opened in August. Singita Kwitonda Lodge sits on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, a three hour scenic drive from Kigali.

Majestic silverback in Volcanoes National Park

Great apes – Majestic silverback in Volcanoes National Park

Great apes – Volcanoes National Park

Set in around 200 acres on the edge of Volcanoes National Park the lodge offers luxurious accommodation comprising eight suites and one villa with magnificent views over the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes.   Gorilla tracking is the main focus but there’s plenty more to explore in the area.

Beautifully appointed rooms at Singita Kwitonda

Beautifully appointed rooms at Singita Kwitonda

Its opening creates a fabulous chance to see the highlights of Tanzania and Rwanda in absolute comfort by combining Singita’s Faru Faru and Mara River Camps with gorilla tracking at Singita Kwitonda.

Great plains – Serengeti

The two Tanzania camps, in different areas of the Serengeti, offer diverse habitats, stunning settings and the chance to walk, take a wildlife drive and visit anti-poaching and community projects.   It goes without saying that the wildlife and guiding is simply fabulous.

Peaceful mess area at Singita Mara River Camp

Peaceful mess area at Singita Mara River Camp

If exclusivity and luxury are on your list then there’s no better way to experience the dramatic wildlife in these two remarkable safari areas.

No one else for miles around, Singita Mara River Camp

No one else for miles around, Singita Mara River Camp

Any questions on combining gorilla trekking with a Serengeti safari?

If you’ve got this far and not found an answer to a question you have that we should have included, please ask in the comments section below, or pop us an email. We’ll be sure to reply and may amend the article to include our answer.

What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a holiday, or answer any questions if you’re at an earlier stage. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.

2 responses to “Great apes to great plains in the ultimate luxury”

  1. Belinda Kean says:

    This is the combination of seeing elephants and gorillas that i have been hoping for.it is something I am looking into for next year or even following when I know my availability to get away.perhaps we could have a chat about it.
    Thank you

    • Richard Smith says:

      Fabulous – I know one of our team has just combined gorilla tracking Uganda with safari in Zambia for some clients to achieve exactly this combination. We have also had plenty of others hop across the border from Rwanda to Tanzania or Uganda to Kenya and new light aircraft flights make these even easier with no need to stop in a city en-route. We look forward to hearing from you.

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