Rwanda

13 great activities, day-trips & excursions whilst you're staying in Rwanda

Many of the places that we feature in Africa include a full range of activities, but sometimes optional extras are possible – day-trips and excursions which are worth adding into your stay and are best arranged before you go.

Talk to us about anything which interests you before you finalise your trip with us. Meanwhile, a few of the possibilities in Rwanda are noted below; we hope they help to give you inspiration:

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Akagera Sunset Boat Safari

Akagera Sunset Boat Safari

One hour

Akagera’s Lake Ihema is a beautiful contrast to the rolling hills of the east of Rwanda, and the flatter plains to the north. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet on your cruise, while watching the sunset over the lake and the national park beyond. More about Sunset Boat Safari

Bird Walk in Nyungwe Forest

Bird Walk in Nyungwe Forest

2-4 hours

Enjoy a morning hiking through Nyungwe Forest in search of some of the 310 bird species that have been recorded in this area, including the endemic Albertine owlet, red-collared babbler and Rockefeller's sunbird. More about Bird Walk

Canoeing in Rwanda

Canoeing in Rwanda

Half day

A half-day adventure in lush countryside, on a gentle river near to Musanze, Rwanda More about Canoeing

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

2-3 hours

The Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest opened in 2010 and was one of the first bridges of this kind to cross a forest canopy in the African continent. You'll be amazed by this easy walk into one of Rwanda's beautiful National Parks. Whether you are looking for some relaxation or adventure, this place is a perfect way to discover the beauty of the forest. More about Canopy Walk

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest

Half day

Trek to see the chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park More about Chimpanzee Trekking

City & Genocide Memorial Tour

City & Genocide Memorial Tour

Half day, including lunch

Rwanda's capital city, Kigali, is a fascinating spot. Developments which wouldn't look out of place in a much more modern city are springing up, and the country is proud of the capital's progress, both economically and environmentally. Take the time to appreciate Kigali's intricacies, both modern and historical, with a drive through the city and a visit to the Genocide Memorial and museum. More about Kigali City Tour

Colobus Trekking in Nyungwe

Colobus Trekking in Nyungwe

Half day starting in the early morning

Search for Colobus Monkeys during a trek in Nyungwe Forest. More about Colobus Trekking

Golden Monkey Trekking

Golden Monkey Trekking

Half day

Spend a morning trekking to find the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park. These endangered monkeys are endemic to the Albertine Rift area and, as the name would suggest, are characterised by their golden-orange fur. You’ll be able to enjoy an hour watching them jump through the bamboo forests and hunker to chew thistles, curiously watching you, as you watch them. More about Golden Monkey Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Half day starting in the early morning

Look into the eyes of a large silverback gorilla and he'll look back with a thoughtful, intelligent gaze, mindful that you're another individual. Any apprehensions or nerves you might have had during your trek will melt away the minute you see your gorilla family. Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that transcends any other 'wildlife' experience we know. More about Gorilla Trekking

King’s Palace & Museum Visit

King’s Palace & Museum Visit

Half day, including lunch

If your trip in Rwanda incorporates travelling south from Kigali, a visit to the King’s Palace and Museum gives an interesting insight into Rwanda’s cultural history and monarchy. It's also ideally placed to break up the long journey to Nyungwe Forest. More about King’s Palace

Mount Bisoke Trek

Mount Bisoke Trek

Full day, including lunch

For something a little different, set out on a one-day hike to the summit of Mt Bisoke in the Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas. Discover the beautiful scenery of the Virunga Mountains, spot birds and wildlife, and enjoy spectacular views from the crater lake. More about Mount Bisoke Trek

Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2-day trek

Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2-day trek

2 days

Set out on a two-day hike to the summit of Mount Karisimbi, which at over 4,507m is one of the highest in Africa. This is a challenge for the adventurous! With a local guide, you’ll traverse bamboo forests and rugged terrain, then camp on the slopes of this active volcano before enjoying sunrise from the summit. More about Mount Karisimbi Trek

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Half day excursion

Dian Fossey is best known for her research and conservation work with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She dedicated her life to researching and protecting these ‘gentle giants’ from harm, however she was tragically found murdered at her research camp in 1985. Today visitors can join a local guide to trek through the tropical forest to visit her grave, and learn about the impact of her work. More about Dian Fossey Trek

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