Combine two of East Africa’s most iconic wildlife experiences on a journey that includes gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and three days on safari in the Masai Mara wilderness.

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Gorilla Trekking and the Masai Mara: A Tailor-made Journey to Rwanda and Kenya

9 days from $8,755

Combine two of East Africa’s most iconic wildlife experiences on a journey that includes gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and three days on safari in the Masai Mara wilderness.

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Accommodations

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Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Kinigi, Rwanda

The stone and thatch chalets of Mountain Gorilla View Lodges are scattered across tropical gardens on a slope that looks out over peaks of Volcanoes National Park. Each spacious chalet has a sitting area, a fireplace, an ensuite bathroom, and a private veranda. The main building features an open-plan lounge and bar area centered around an open fire, which makes a pleasant space in which to socialize with your fellow guests. There’s also a separate dining room with large windows looking out to the volcanoes, and a wooden deck should you wish to drink and dine al fresco. Traditional African décor and artwork brightens the walls, and the friendly staff provide friendly service, even cleaning your boots for you after your treks.

Number of nights: 3

Fairmont The Norfolk

Nairobi, Kenya

First opened in 1904, the Norfolk has long been a gathering place for adventurers, expats, and businesspeople. This Nairobi landmark has seen the city grown up around it, and remains a sanctuary of tranquil gardens and old-world charm. Rooms and suites are tastefully appointed and offer modern conveniences and patios or balconies overlooking the courtyard gardens. Two restaurants serve excellent cuisine; a stylish bar with indoor and outdoor seating offers tapas and drinks; and guests can enjoy afternoon tea and Kenyan coffee in an elegant lounge. The hotel also features a heated swimming pool, a fitness center, and a spa with a steam bath and sauna.

Number of nights: 1

Karen Blixen Camp

Mara North Conservancy, Kenya

Situated in the community-owned Mara North Conservancy, this Danish-owned camp is set right beside the Mara River. When not out exploring the conservancy, you can sit out and watch the resident hippo pod in the water or grazing along the banks, view birds through your binoculars, or watch zebra coming to drink. Each of the 22 raised canvas tents have a spacious deck overlooking the river, a large en suite bathroom and an outdoor shower.  While most of your time is spent on game drives, you can also opt to do a walking safari, take a dawn hot air balloon ride, or visit a Maasai village. Around camp, you can visit the on-site cooking school, plant a tree, and find out more about the camp’s environmental initiatives by joining an eco walk. Meals are served on individual tables in the dining area, in front of the river, or out in the bush. In the evenings, a campfire is lit for guests to gather around.

Number of nights: 4

Tailor-Made Benefits

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

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