Where you’ll stayThe location of the camps on our private guided trips is very important. You can expect to be somewhere with a real feel for the destination, perhaps in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, home to the mountain gorillas, or overlooking the expansive waters of Lake Kivu. Rwanda is not renowned for its luxury accommodation, but times are changing, and while the simpler options remain, there are now more upmarket lodges, with accommodation and service to match.
Get a feel for the countryTravelling by road, you will get a feel for the landscape as a whole rather than just the national parks and other big attractions. Follow roads that wind up and round the country’s many hills, or collines, passing churches and shrines that are visible reminders of the troubled past. Stop when you wish, perhaps at a village or to visit a coffee plantation; this is very much your trip. And travelling in this way, with your own guide, allows you to gain a sense of the underlying Rwandan culture.
About your private guideThe guides on our private guided trips have been selected for their ability to work with individual guests, adapting and personalising each trip according to individual needs and requests. Highly knowledgeable, articulate and personable, they are your link with the Rwanda of both past and present, including the tragedy of the 1994 genocide. While they are not trained wildlife guides (you will be accompanied by specialist guides on all wildlife-based activities), they are likely to have a broad understanding of the country’s fauna, too.
Trip routes & suggested itinerariesAll of our privately guided trips in Rwanda start from the capital, Kigali, and all will give you the flexibility to do what you want, when you want. From Kigali at the centre, the country’s roads fan out like the spokes of a bicycle wheel, and are connected by cross-country roads that make it easy to create a circular trip. So whether you’re visiting Volcanoes National Park, home to the country’s mountain gorillas, seeking out wildlife in Akagera or heading for the enchanting Lake Kivu, driving is the best way to explore.
Possible routes for these trips are limited only by your imagination and available time. To give you some ideas, we have included a few costed examples of privately guided trips around Rwanda on this website:
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