Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
The New Africa
Perhaps best known today for its infamous recent history, Rwanda is now setting forth in a new direction. We pay respect to the country’s troubled past and then experience its forward-looking development. We explore the vibrant city of Kigali and diverse verdant countryside: mountain forests that are home to Silverback gorillas, tea and coffee plantations and lake islands with traditional fishing villages. Along the way we meet people who share with us their optimism of a new Africa: seamstresses proud of their colorful dress, reformed poachers making a living by productive, sustainable means and everyday people farming, planting coffee and tea, improving their situation in whatever means are presented. Everywhere there is determination to create a country that is peaceable, viable, and authentic—and remains true to what makes Rwanda a truly special place.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
8 Days / 7 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Welcome to Rwanda! Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to the Kigali Serena Hotel, where your guide will host a short reception for you and discuss the upcoming day’s events and activities. They will be happy to make dinner suggestions and reservations for you!
After an early lunch in Kigali we’ll head to the airport for a short 25-minute flight to Cyangugu, on the shores of Lake Kivu. Our ultimate destination today is the stunning Nyungwe Forest, a vast national park that extends across the border into Burundi to the south. Visit a nearby tea plantation before embarking on a short walk this afternoon.
We dedicate the morning to the Colobus monkey, a particularly interesting primate species that is abundant in the Nyungwe Forest National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch before joining in on a forest-canopy walk to observe chimpanzees in the area.
Much of the day today is dedicated to exploring the shores of Lake Kivu, considered one of Africa’s “Great Lakes.” Take a morning drive to a coffee station for a firsthand lesson on one of the country’s major economic drivers. Later, undertake a village to village walk near Kibuye, overlooking the shoreline, islands and coves of this beautiful lake.
Journey to Ruhengeri Province and the Virunga Mountains this morning. Drive through the heart of the “Thousand Hills” stopping occasionally to visit roadside markets and along the way. Have a short visit at the ex-poacher’s village, offering interesting insights into traditional shelters, medicines, foods, and culture.
Rise early the next morning and follow expert trackers to see groups of Silverback gorillas, a truly life-changing experience. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon for some relaxation before continuing on a variety of activities including a beautiful walk on the shore of Lake Ruhondo, a boat trip on the lake or a visit to a farming village.
Return to Kigali this morning to visit the starkly moving Genocide Memorial Centre and the Hotel Mille Colline, also known as “Hotel Rwanda.” Later, explore the wonderfully clean and friendly downtown area, a colourful local arts and crafts centre and home of the Richard Kandt Natural History Museum.
After a final breakfast, your guide will return you to the Kigali International Airport for your onward flight. If you have an afternoon flight they will be happy to suggest some additional activities or events. Bon Voyage!
Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali
The premier property in the capital, the Kigali Serena Hotel offers comfortable rooms with modern amenities such as business centre and WiFi, as well as more traditional ones like swimming pool and health club. Its best feature, however, may be its location, in a quiet area that is also convenient to the airport, historical district and bustling commercial areas. View hotel website »
Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Gisakura
This lodge is Rwanda’s only 5-star accommodation outside the capital. Built to blend in with the surrounding environment, the lodge is situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe closed canopy rain forest. Its 24 spacious guest rooms all face the forest and offer full amenities. The hotel is also known for its top-notch service and comfortable public spaces. View hotel website »
Virunga Lodge, Ruhengeri
The magnificent Virunga Lodge is perched high on a ridge and offers stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda. Described as having ‘the best view in the world,’ Virunga Lodge features organic, ‘bush-chic’ designs reflected in the local building style. Each banda has its own terrace with breath-taking views of the Virunga volcanoes or twin lakes. View hotel website »
This trip is rated Enthusiast, meaning it’s appropriate for travellers who go on a long walk once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat. It includes moderate walking on a variety of surfaces. On occasion the gorilla tracking can lead through untracked forest and steep terrain.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals where included with your accommodation
- Alcohol where included with your accommodation
- Services of Rwandan National guide(s) and support vehicles
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.Learn more about our guides »
"An unforgettable trip in a country with a turbulent past and a bright future–made possible by the incredible Rwandans we encountered during the trip. Africa seen differently."
— Megan Bowen,
Rwanda Walking 2011
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