Tanzania vs Rwanda

While Tanzania unquestionably has a far more extensive and diverse safari offering, it does not have mountain gorillas!

The mountain gorilla of Rwanda are incredible creatures

Rwanda with just four protected areas in this heavily populated little country is quite simply outgunned by Tanzania on almost every safari metric, except primates. With semi-habituated chimpanzees in the beautiful Nyungwe Forest and habituated mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda trumps Tanzania when it comes to primate safaris.

Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda is filled with amazing scenes

That said, with a single savannah park in Akagera, the overall safari experience and diversity of safari offerings cannot hope to compete with Tanzania’s range and variety of attractions. My advice would be to go to Tanzania for your safari experience with a one-week add on to neighbouring Rwanda to get your fix of gorillas and other primates. A day perusing the sobering genocide museum and some of the monuments and churches in and around Kigali is a must-do activity for your ‘add-on’ itinerary to Rwanda.

The dik-dik is a small antelope found in Tanzania


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Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 1

Welcome to Kigali
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 2

Volcanoes National Park
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  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
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  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 3

Gorilla Trekking | Day 1
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  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 4

Gorilla Trekking | Day 2
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  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 5

Serengeti National Park | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 6

Serengeti National Park | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 7

Serengeti National Park | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 8

Masai Mara | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 9

Masai Mara | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 10

Masai Mara | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 11

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