Rwanda tour, tailor made

This 11-day Rwanda tour isn’t just about tracking a mountain gorilla group – you can also meet chimpanzees, kayak on Lake Kivu and mountain bike and kayak around Musanze. This trip includes a homestay in a Rwandan village, where you’ll help with community tasks and begin to understand what life is like in modern Rwanda.
City walking tour in Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum day with the community in Muhanga village Nyungwe National Park canopy walk Chimpanzee tracking in Cyamudongo Forest Lake Kivu kayak and island camping Congo Nile Trail Rubava (formely Gisenyi) mountain biking around Musanze Volcanoes National Park Mukungwa River canoe trip track mountain gorillas
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Description of Rwanda tour, tailor made

Rwanda is country that does nature tourism exactly right - come and celebrate its success for yourself. Underneath the canopies of its forested hills you’ll find one of the best places in the world for meeting mountain gorillas. Rwanda tours take in the country's cultural and natural highlights.

Your tour starts in Kigali, the capital, where you can throw yourself into the local market, before recovering at one of the city’s many milk bars with a glass of fermented, sweetened milk – fortifying stuff before a trip to the important Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum.

You’ll get a chance to visit East Africa’s largest rainforest at Nyungwe National Park, known for its chimpanzees. The forest is perhaps best experienced with an inspiring, but dizzying, canopy walk through the trees. From the park you’ll go to Cyamudongo Forest, a small fragment of nearby forest surrounded by tea plantations. This forest is smaller than Nyungwe National Park, making is an even better place to track and then spot chimpanzees on a walking tour.

From here you’ll head to Lake Kivu, a vast, peaceful body of water between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The best way to experience it is by boat – whether you’re kayaking, or going by motorboat to meet the fishermen heading out from Rubavu to fish for the night, singing as they go. You’ll camp on the lakeshore – look out for bats flitting overhead at dusk.

The Virunga Volcanoes are next on the horizon. Your trip culminates with a visit to Virunga National Park’s most famous residents. After tracking down a gorilla family your permit will allow you an hour sitting with a gorilla group high in the mountains. You’ll learn how to approach the gorillas; once you’re in their midst, you’ll be mesmerised.

This tour doesn’t just show you Rwanda’s big hitters. After exploring Kingali, you’ll go on to Muhanga village, where you can spend the night at a homestay, help around the village and get to know your hosts. You’ll also get to visit lesser-explored areas – such as the Mukungwa River, where you’ll probably be the only people birdwatching from your canoes, and the farmlands outside of Musanze, where exploring by electric bike means you can stop and meet people as you explore the area.

The price of this trip includes the price of a low season permit to meet the gorillas. The money you pay for this permit funds important research projects, healthcare, and ongoing protection of the mountain gorillas – once you meet them, you’ll know this was money well spent.


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£5175 excluding flights
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Price based on low season gorilla permits: Nov - May £400 ($450) supplement applies for High season: Jun - Oct
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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

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Rwanda is the most densely populated countries in Africa, yet it is also one of the continent’s success stories for conservation. The government has made wildlife protection a priority and gives 10% of all wildlife permits back to local communities to support their development and grass roots nature conservation. It is as a direct result of this approach that mountain gorilla numbers are rising; they are no longer critically endangered.

Our trips are different because we take visitors into some other special, almost undiscovered corners of the country, such as the Mukungwa River, near Musazne. Here, whilst they’re shy and so only occasionally make an appearance, you can be lucky enough to see Spotted Necked Otters in the river. Whilst they are not endangered like their rather larger primate neighbours, as the top natural predator, they are a crucial part of the entire local ecosystem.

Sadly many local people often see the otters a competitor for the fish that they are catching for their own consumption, so we are doing several things to help create positive change. Firstly we employ local people who support every trip that we run. We pay them a fair wage for the help they provide per trip, so they and their communities benefit the success of this trip – and they know we come partly for the birds and wildlife that we see here, so this creates an informal sense of local ownership and responsibility.

We are in the process of establishing a partnership with Dr Olivier Nsengimana and the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association. By the end of the year, we intend to have in place a community programme near the Mukungwa River and extending this model further, with local community engagement and support from the government and district leaders, we’re setting about re-wilding a few small, uninhabited islands that we visit whilst kayaking in Lake Kivu. This has the dual benefits of being great for wildlife and also providing us with a shady spot to sit under when having lunch!

In more practical terms, whilst Rwanda was the first country in the world to make plastic bags illegal we have abolished single use plastic waste from our lunches – we now give all our suppliers reusable boxes for them to put our lunches in and when practical on some of our trips, we sometimes use banana tree leaves. We also support a local start-up called Jibu (which means “the answer”) that supplies drinking water in large reusable bottles – and we are telling all our suppliers to do the same. So, whilst we can't yet claim to have eliminated single use plastic from everything we do, if you bring your own bottle we will refill it for you free of charge. And I have a small request; if you come on this trip, please make a big deal about refilling your bottle to everyone you meet and help us make it part of the culture.


Our trip provider, Steve has a story to tell, that when you’ve spent any time in Africa you’ll know that it gets in your blood! When he backpacked his way around the continent in the ‘90s, he knew it would be his passion, mission and dream. So, some 25 years later, when by chance he returned to Rwanda for what he thought would be a couple of years, he spotted an opportunity to do something special…

In the mean time he'd become a coach and advanced water leader, training local tour guides to become qualified British Canoeing Paddlesport Leaders like Gratien and Eloi so that they could not only lead kayaking and canoeing trips, but do so to recognised international standards. Now with a great team on the ground, the small company Steve set up is expanding this approach to other activities including walking, mountain biking and even some climbing with the goal that adventure tourism in Rwanda will become well known and respected around the world. It’s not only about the magnificent landscapes or having the right equipment, rather it is supporting the Rwandan people to be the best that they can be and proving that they can excel and succeed on their own merit.

As mentioned above, we employ local people who support every trip that we run. We pay them a fair wage for the help they provide per trip, so they and their communities benefit from the success of this trip.

That is a principle that also underpins the community experiences that offered in partnership with an amazing organisation called Azizi Life. A true social enterprise, their purpose is to positively impact rural communities in Rwanda by providing regular work and fair wage income to the people they consider to be their “partner” artisans. This income empowers the artisans to raise their families out of poverty: Children become the first in their families to go to secondary school. Families become healthier because of health insurance that guarantees them affordable medical care. For the first time, many of the families they work with have built and owned a home. The list goes on. It is self-sustaining with the community now owning several businesses each of which generates an income and which visitors support.

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