Rwanda holidays: Where to go walking in Rwanda
Walking in Rwanda is usually based around the spectacular gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. These can last as little as an hour, to upwards of five or six depending on where the gorillas are. Either way they take you through stunning stretches of mountain rainforest, with an end result of one of the worlds best wildlife vexing experiences. Other walks, such as heading out to see the engaging golden monkeys, bird walks or trekking to see Dian Fossey's grave are also well worth doing. You can base yourself at any of the lodges in the area for these walks, which operate out of the national park headquarters.
You can also explore Nyungwe Forest on foot - for chimpanzee and monkey trekking; swamp and waterfall walks; birding walks; and cultural area walks. There is also a canopy walk on a rope-style bridge which allows you to walk through the tops of the trees.
For our recommended lodges and camps for walking in Rwanda, click the links below.
Our 4 favourite camps & lodges for walking in Rwanda
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge|88% (75 reviews)Gorilla Mountain View, close to Volcanoes National Park, is a simple, mid-range hotel with 30 cottages . It is a great value base from which to take guided walks into the park’s rainforests to see the golden monkeys and the mountain gorillas. More about Gorilla Mountain View
Nyungwe Forest Lodge|98% (16 reviews)Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a great base for Nyungwe Forest, where visitors can go on guided walks to see energetic colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and a stunning variety of birds. More about Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge|93% (15 reviews)Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is the most luxurious lodge in the area, with seven cottages and two suites. Only a 20-minute drive from the Volcanoes National Park, it’s a convenient and very comfortable lodge from where you can go on a variety of escorted walks. More about Sabyinyo Silverback
Virunga Lodge|98% (11 reviews)Virunga Lodge is one of the top lodges found in the area around Volcanoes National Park and certainly has the most spectacular views. Walks in the nearby villages are an interesting activity when you are not on hikes to see primates in the park. More about Virunga Lodge