Explore Rwanda

We prefer to explore Rwanda by any means other than in a vehicle. Where the majority of the population travels by foot, you will find a walking paradise. This itinerary suits travellers who like to explore with a little adventure.

We walk or run the back streets of Kigali on a “city tour” like no other you will experience and trek the sun dappled trails of Nyungwe Forest looking for habituated chimpanzees.

From our kayaks, we glimpse the daily tasks of coffee farmers and villagers on the shores of Lake Kivu. Then the land of a thousand hills lives up to its name as we bike and hike the hills of the lake shore. Our traveller-curated village walk offers a view into life in the volcanoes. Finally, we share that one incredible hour with mountain gorillas in the forests of the volcanoes.

We guarantee many breathless moments on our Explore Rwanda trip. Above all, we promise that you will make new friends and gain fresh insights into a country that has beaten the odds to become one of the most efficient and visitor-friendly in Africa.

 

If this sounds too energetic for you, take a look at our Discover Rwanda trip.

8 Nights
from $7350.00 pp sharing
We recommend max 8 people

Highlights

Explore
Kigali on foot
Be moved
By the stories of genocide survivors
Track
Chimps and gorillas
Paddle
The waters of Lake Kivu
Bike
The footpaths and tracks of 1000 hills

Experiences

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary!
  • HOTELS & LODGES

    Active Africa offers a selection of preferred hotels and lodges that are designed to fit your budget and travel style.  However, often there are many places where we travel where options are very limited, or where we feel either the location or the experience offered by a particular property is quintessential to the experience, in which case we use these properties across both Premium and Classic itineraries.

    Premium

    Our Premium range of properties offer a stylishly unique African take on modern lodgings. From city hotels to countryside lodges, think African chic with expansive rooms, slick service, creative cuisine, engaging wine lists, high thread counts, and all the other modern conveniences associated with the luxury lodging experience.

    Classic

    Often selected more for their regional character and location than as a cost-effective alternative, our Classic range of properties tick all the boxes associated with good lodgings.  Expect great service, character filled comfortable rooms and delicious locally sourced meals to weave a common theme, while the stunning African landscape elevates your stay from the memorable to the sublime.

  • PRICING

    Premium priced from USD 9400.00 per person sharing

    Classic priced from USD 7350.00 per person sharing

  • WHAT’S INCLUDED

    Premium itineraries

    • Private 4×4 vehicle for the duration of the experience, including fuel & tolls.
    • Dedicated service of professional trip crew: Active Africa Trip Leader/host, local English-speaking, professional driver/guide, experienced local safari and national park guides.
    • Welcome cocktails and trip briefing on arrival night.
    • 9 nights Premium & 3 nights Classic grade accommodation on a per person sharing basis
    • All meals, including hot beverages and bottled water.
    • All entrance fees, gorilla tracking permits, and national park fees and activity costs.
    • All equipment for activities as listed (kayaks & associated equipment, hard-tail mountain bikes & associated equipment, backpacks, walking poles, water bottles).
    • General Hosting (bottled mineral water on activities & vehicles, activity associated refreshments and snacks, minor incidental costs while touring)
    • Hotel porterage, event, local guide & meal gratuities as applicable
    • Meal & accommodation per diems for the trip crew.
    • Airport transfers on arrival and departure

     

    Classic Itineraries

    • Private 4×4 vehicle for the duration of the experience, including fuel & tolls.
    • Active Africa-approved local English-speaking, professional driver/guide, experienced local safari, walking, kayaking & biking guides.
    • Welcome cocktails and trip briefing on arrival night.
    • 12 nights Classic grade accommodation on a per person sharing basis
    • All meals, including hot beverages and bottled water.
    • All entrance fees, gorilla tracking permits, camping, and national park fees and activity costs.
    • All equipment for activities as listed (kayaks & associated equipment, hard-tail mountain bikes & associated equipment, backpacks, walking poles, water bottles).
    • Bottled mineral water on activities & vehicles
    • Meal & accommodation per diems for the guide.
    • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • PRIVATE GUIDE

    Our premium pricing includes the services of an experienced, private guide/trip host. This individual’s role is to ensure seamless operation of the trip and to bridge any cultural gaps that travellers may experience.

    Travellers may opt not to have a private guide accompany them.

    Our classic pricing does not include the services of a private guide/trip host. However, travellers may opt to include a private guide in the trip, using classic accommodations.

  • BEST MONTHS TO TRAVEL

    Rwanda is a year-round travel destination. However the dry season runs from June to October and this corresponds with high season rates.

    Discounted gorilla permit fees are offered when combined with visits to other national parks from November through May.

    For maximum comfort and best game viewing, this programme is best run between the months of June and December.

  • THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
    • Due to the nature of this trip and limitations of accommodations and certain logistics, we recommend a maximum of 8 people travelling to get the best from the experience.
    • Due to the limited number of Gorilla Tracking Permits being in high demand, we strongly suggest confirming your arrangements at least 6 months in advance
    • This programme is not suitable for children under the age of 16.
    • We cannot control the weather – this is an outdoor, nature based itinerary and indoor alternatives are limited, if non-existent. Come prepared to be take on the elements if the weather is not playing fair.
  • ACTIVITY LEVEL

    This trip is graded Hard to Challenging.

    The grade is determined by the mountain biking section which requires a certain level of fitness and technical ability and the location of the gorilla family you are visiting – some can be easily accessible close to the park boundaries, but others may require extended hikes into thick vegetation on the slopes of the volcano. In addition, note that the Volcanoes National Park is at an altitude of above 2000m asl. – participants should be aware of the physical requirements of this experience.

  • CAN BE COMBINED WITH
    • A safari in Kenya or Tanzania
    • A beach holiday in East Africa or the Indian Ocean islands

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