Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Active Africa initially operated a variety of walking, trekking and adventure programs within Southern Africa. We all know that the quality of a trip is determined by both the itinerary design and the guide; and our team works hard to ensure we offer you the best combination possible.
Visitors are quick to discover that Rwanda, is a magical landscape of a thousand hills and a million smiling faces. Following the brutality of the 1994 genocide, the country is now etched into global consciousness. However, the social and economic repair that has occurred since is nothing short of miraculous. Rwanda is politically stable and tourism is once again a key contributor to the economy. But the jewel in its jungle green crown is the majestic Virunga Volcanoes. Here, populations of over 1000 endangered mountain gorillas roam, fiercely protected by passionate people, attracting curious visitors from around the world.
While primate tracking is usually the primary reason for visiting the country, it’s not all monkey business. Go beyond the gorillas and step into an adventure playground waiting to be discovered by the active traveller. Here you will discover a country breathtaking in its beauty and graced by a people generous in their welcome.
Our Discover Rwanda itinerary includes Rwanda’s iconic attractions. From the contemporary city vibe of Kigali to the village-clad hills of the countryside, we trek our way from spotless city streets to dusty village tracks. We explore the culture of the capital city and the sweeping savannahs and lakes of Akagera National Park. We venture into the lush montane forests of Nyungwe National Park and kayak the sparkling shoreline of Lake Kivu, ending in the shadows of extinct volcanoes as we track endangered mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.
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.
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.
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.
This trip is graded moderate. The grade is determined by the potential steep gradient of the ground during chimp and gorilla tracking – some gorilla families 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 in excess of 2000m asl. – participants should be aware of the physical requirements of this experience.
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.
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.
Welcome to Rwanda! We will meet you on arrival and ensure you are safely and comfortably checked into your hotel in the city.
This afternoon, gain insight into the cause and effect of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 with moving experiences at the Kigali Genocide Memorial and the Campaign Against Genocide Museum.
Make your way by road to the Akagera National Park. During your stay, enjoy game drives in search of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, rhino and a variety of other big game.
Your safari includes a boat cruise on Lake Ihema, a favourite activity for birders.
Join your ranger on walking safari and discover the bush at ground level.
On you return to Kigali, discover colourful Nyamirambo and historical Kiyovu on an experiential walking tour in Kigali.
Visit an initiative for local women that provides education, skills training and business support to form self-sustaining co-operatives.
Explore fresh produce markets and shop for local crafts at Caplaki craft market.
Sample typical Rwandan foods as guests at a private home.
Take an early morning flight and a scenic drive to arrive at the Nyungwe National Park.
Hike through tea plantations and discover first-hand what goes into producing your favourite cuppa.
Trek deep into a pristine rain forest in search of families of habituated chimpanzees.
Explore the forest on pristine trails and climb above the canopy on an aerial walkway.
Track giant troops of Angolan Colobus monkeys on the forest fringe.
Transfer by helicopter to the Volcanoes National Park.
Take a relaxed bike ride to the twin lakes.
Tonight, meet with a representative from Gorilla Doctors to learn about the tireless medical and conservation work undertaken to protect mountain gorillas.
Hike into dense forest tracking golden monkeys or take the first of two gorilla treks.
Curate your own afternoon walk through a village close to your lodge, guided by local residents.
Head off on your first or second gorilla trek.
Spend a life-changing hour in close proximity to habituated wild gorillas.
Spend the afternoon in the comfort of your lodge or explore the volcanoes on foot, on bicycles or in canoes.
Return to Kigali by road or by helicopter to connect with your departing flight.