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Travel reviews by Mrs Winnie from Geneva

Go to Rwanda

On this trip, I visited Rwanda between 10-Jan-2019 and 19-Jan-2019 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


We were very impressed by the country it’s cleaness the smiles of the people, seeing them walking on the road was an experience the way they are so beautifully dressed with all those colors.

One thing was a bit annoying was the tipping, so munch for the ranger so much for the trackers so much for the porters, we would have liked to pay more and to have everything included.

Concerning the porter it would have been compulsory because they are on site and not every body take them, so they go back home without payment, it is not good

Feedback response

We do understand these travellers’ frustrations with regards to gratuities. There are many people involved throughout a trip in Rwanda, from guides, trackers and porters during any primate treks, to private guides for the duration of the trip, as well as various hotel or lodge staff – and if travellers give tips to all, it does add up to carrying a substantial amount in cash. Though we do offer guidelines prior to the trip, both on our website and in our Notes for Travellers, tipping is always optional and at the discretion of each individual, and usually dependent on the quality of services given. With that in mind, it would be very difficult for us to set an amount for tips to include in a final trip cost, as each traveller has different thoughts on how much to tip. We are sorry though that this was an annoyance for these travellers, but we are glad that it didn’t have a negative impact on their overall trip.

For a small fee, porters are available at the start of each trail. They will help to carry your backpacks and offer a hand during tricky parts of the hike. It isn’t a compulsory requirement for the treks, but we encourage all of our travellers to hire a porter; even if you don’t really need them, hiring a porter is a helpful way to contribute directly to the local economy, and chatting to them en route can enhance your experience both of local life and of your gorilla trek.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Heaven Boutique Hotel, Rwanda
10-Jan-2019 review: Heaven Boutique Hotel review
Nyungwe House, Rwanda
11-Jan-2019 review: Heaven
Cormoran Lodge, Rwanda
13-Jan-2019 review: Typical
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Rwanda
14-Jan-2019 review: Pleasure time
Excursion Overall rating
King’s Palace & Museum Visit, Rwanda
11-Jan-2019 review: interesting
Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda
12-Jan-2019 review: Nearly a now show
Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda
12-Jan-2019 review: poor
Golden Monkey Trekking, Rwanda
15-Jan-2019 review: good
Gorilla Trekking Safari, Rwanda
17-Jan-2019 review: what an expérience
City & Genocide Memorial Tour, Rwanda
18-Jan-2019 review: Interesting