Travel reviews

Travel reviews by H family from Seven Oaks

My Jul 2018 trip

On this trip, I visited Rwanda between 19-Jul-2018 and 29-Jul-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Exceeded expectations.

Fascinating country and whist it sounds a little misplaced to say it the opportunity to confront the Genocide added a thought provoking additional dimension to a brilliant wildlife experience. Compared to our other Africa experiences the two stand out features were the opportunity to be more active (moving about on foot etc.) and the feeling of safety and a warm welcome from a people who still have next to nothing in spite of the relative success of rebuilding the country.

All of our accommodations were up to standard even if they are way below the better lodges in other parts of Africa in terms of pure lodge experience.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

At the planning stage perhaps make suggestions for alternatives and give advice to make choices.

For example, in Nyungwe it would have been good to have been offered tjhe forest treks and also a visit to the tea plantation (our guide tried to get us in but it was closed on a Sunday). As related in this form, our guide was quite resourceful in adapting our itinerary when the first day's sites were unavailable and in fact we are glad to have seen a couple of the alternatives that we may have missed otherwise. These could have been suggested in planning maybe.

These remarks really are intended as pointers to improve what is already an outstanding service that we have now used three times (Namibia, Tanzania and Rwanda) and will use again.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Hotel des Mille Collines, Rwanda
19-Jul-2018 review: Stop over at Mille Collines
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Rwanda
20-Jul-2018 review: Excellent first stop in Rwanda
Cormoran Lodge, Rwanda
22-Jul-2018 review: Cormoran Lodge review
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Rwanda
25-Jul-2018 review: Functional and comfortable stay
Excursion Overall rating
City & Genocide Memorial Tour, Rwanda
20-Jul-2018 review: Not to be mssed
Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda
21-Jul-2018 review: Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest review
Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda
21-Jul-2018 review: Fun and worth doing
Colobus Trekking in Nyungwe, Rwanda
22-Jul-2018 review: Excellent complementary actiivity
Canoeing in Rwanda, Rwanda
25-Jul-2018 review: Enjoyable afternoon in a canoe
Mount Bisoke Trek, Rwanda
26-Jul-2018 review: Tough and stimulating day trek
Gorilla Trekking Safari, Rwanda
27-Jul-2018 review: Once in a life time wildlife exeprience
Golden Monkey Trekking, Rwanda
28-Jul-2018 review: Excellent experience