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.
If you can walk in Rwanda, you can run in Rwanda. This is the ultimate running holiday.
Our Rwanda on the Run itinerary is for those who run simply for the love of running – no start banners or timed events, just you and miles and miles of beautiful, remote trails. Running is the new frontier of active travel. Engagement with local communities while running is remarkably more rewarding than it is while biking or walking. It seems that a hundred cheering souls recognise both the sport of what you are doing and the clear pleasure you derive from it.
We cover the icons of Rwanda, but running offers the chance to cover more ground and to get under the skin of the country. From the forests of the volcanoes to the shores of Lake Kivu, we encounter rural villages, small farmsteads and tea plantations. Along the lake shore our routes take us past coffee plantations and washing stations. And the climax is an exclusive marathon over the watershed of the Nile and Congo Rivers.
This is operated as a custom trip but keep a look out for scheduled small group departures in 2021.
If running holidays are what keep you travelling, take a look at some of our other running itineraries.
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 Hard to Challenging and is aimed at travellers with an existing fitness base for running – the distances vary between 10km /6 miles and 25km /15.5 miles per day, building up to the option of a 42km /26 miles forest marathon at the end of the trip.
Large sections of the route are often unsupported and as a result, guests need to be reasonably self-sufficient to get the best from the experience. In addition, note that both the Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park are at an altitude of above 2000m asl. – participants should be aware of the physical requirements of this experience.
We do not include primate tracking in this itinerary, but private departures can be modified to include gorilla and/or chimp tracking.
In the current format, this programme is not suitable for children under the age of 18.
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.
All Active Africa Scheduled Departures require a minimum of 4 guests to operate.
Private Departures operate on a minimum of 2 guests and are tailored to your specific requirements.
This programme is best run between the months of February to March and June to September.
Meet your guide crew at the hotel this evening for a trip briefing and dinner.
Greet the day with a pre-breakfast run through the back streets of Kigali (10km-15km/6-9 miles).
Enjoy lunch in the home of a local Kigali resident.
Gain insight into the cause and effect of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 with a moving experience at the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Transfer by road to your lodge in Kingi, in the shadow of the volcanoes.
Learn about the challenges of primate conservation with a Gorilla Doctor before dinner this evening.
Spend a morning on an acclimation hike on the dense slopes of Bisoke volcano. We summit the volcano and spend time appreciating it crater lake before descending. (7km/4 miles)
As we exit the park, opt for a transfer to the hotel or follow your guides and run out the climb on an easy downhill route through the local villages (14km/8.5 miles)
Transfer to the start of the run after breakfast. Our route takes us through the Gishwati Forest to the shores of Lake Kuvi (16km/10 miles).
This afternoon, enjoy a bean-to-cup experience of the local coffee culture.
Toast the sunset over the lake from the deck of your lodge.
Today’s run departs from the lodge and follows a series of trails along the shores of the lake. These are paths used by local fishermen and farmers, offering runners an authentic rural experience of this region.
Enjoy lunch at the end of the run in a small market village, before boarding a local boat to your guesthouse for the night.
The journey continues along the Kivu coastline, connecting villages along trails and pathways.
After 25km/15.5 miles, our boat meets us and transfers us to our lodge for the evening.
Our road transfer leaves early this morning to Nyungwe Forest National Park.
We run our first trail to a waterfall deep in the forest (10km/6 miles), before checking into our lodge for a late lunch.
An easy jog through the tea plantations bring us to a local tea factory where we learn about the commercial production of Rwandan tea.
Today’s run is the jewel in the crown. A full marathon on forest trails across the watershed of two of Africa’s greatest rivers: the Congo and the Nile.
If the legs are not up to the distance, we take in another loop through the forest, with a visit to the skywalk through the forest canopy.
Whichever your choice, either trail is a unique experience and a fitting end to an incredible journey across Rwanda.
A domestic flight from Kamembe returns you to Kigali today and the end of your epic running holiday.