I am in the process of planning my honeymoon for June this year (I realize I have left it late!) and would love to get any feedback / advice on my itinerary. At the moment, the working plan is as follows:
Mon 09-Jun-14 Arrive late evening - Kigali : Hotel des Mille Collines
Tue 10-Jun-14 Travel to national park - Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
Wed 11-Jun-14 Gorilla Trekking and afternoon relaxing - Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
Thu 12-Jun-14 Gorilla Trekking and travel to Kigali : Hotel des Mille Collines
Fri 13-Jun-14 Early morning flight, PM game drive - West Serengeti : Lemala Explorer Kigelia
Sat 14-Jun-14 West Serengeti : Lemala Explorer Kigelia
Sun 15-Jun-14 West Serengeti : Lemala Explorer Kigelia
Mon 16-Jun-14 Travel – staying either a) Olduvai Tented Camp, b) Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, or c) Ngorongoro Sopa. I am inclined towards the wildlife lodge for the view and early morning access to the crater, although I also like the idea of walks with the Maasai at Olduvai.
Tue 17-Jun-14 AM Crater – likely stay in Karutu, perhaps Gibbs Farm
Wed 18-Jun-14 Flight to Zanzibar Island : Fumba Beach Lodge
Thu 19-Jun-14 Fumba Beach Lodge
Fri 20-Jun-14 Fumba Beach Lodge
Sat 21-Jun-14 Fumba Beach Lodge
Sun 22-Jun-14 Depart :(
One part I am trying to figure out is if we should drive from the western Serengeti to Ngorongoro or fly. Im told flying will allow us to do an extra drive in the crater on the afternoon of 16th (and also avoid being stuck in a car for 6 hours!) but I worry that we might miss out on developing a true sense of the landscape which driving would give us. Anyone have any thoughts on this? We are planning on having a private guide in the Serengeti, so flying would also make things a little tricky logistically (either two different guides, or our guide leaving Serengeti early morning to meet us at the crater – the latter option has been suggested but makes me nervous given the long day for the guide).
Any other comments would of course be very much appreciated.