Canoeing in Rwanda

Canoeing in Rwanda

Discovering Rwanda’s countryside in a canoe is an unforgettable adventure. The Mukungwa River is less than 30 minutes away from the Volcanoes National Park and offers impressive views of the surrounding area.

The canoeing starts just down from the source of the Mukungwa river, Rwanda's twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera. You'll be accompanied by a qualified canoe guide, and it's a fun way to see a different side of this section of the country - there's a lot more to this area than the gorillas.

Along the way, you’re likely to have some friendly encounters with the local communities as you paddle past, plus a little excitement through some small rapids. You can get out and walk around if you prefer, but it’s exhilarating and all done under the guide’s watchful eyes - be aware you're likely to get a bit wet at some point! The guides have dry bags for your belongings but they recommend against taking any electronic valuables - your guide will have a waterproof camera and will snap away throughout the paddle. The river's catchment area is a brilliant spot to see many of the resident bird species and, if you are lucky, an otter or two. The whole trip lasts about 4 hours and is accessible to all, with no experience necessary - children are also welcome.

You’re at a high altitude here, and close to the rain forest, so there is always a chance of rain showers. Having said that, they're generally short lived, and trips won’t be cancelled if it’s raining as this doesn’t impact the safety of the trip.

Your experienced guide will be with you for the duration of the excursion and will give you a safety briefing prior to getting on the water, and full instruction.

Duration of excursion:
The trip lasts about 4 hours – with around 2½ - 3 hours on the water.

Maximum size of group:
The maximum group size is eight people, accompanied by a qualified guide.

Meals included:
No meals are included during the canoeing trip, though they will provide bottled drinking water for you.
The pick up and drop off is by a coffee shop called La Silene where you can grab lunch before or after the expedition - or you'll head back to your hotel for lunch once you're finished.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.