At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
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.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Immerse yourself in modern Rwanda
Contemporary Rwanda is a country moored by its recent past, yet firmly set on its future. Everywhere you look, the country is churning and forward-looking. With this influx of optimism the exceptional beauty of Rwanda has never been more intriguing: cloud forests that house some of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, burgeoning coffee production which carpets the hills with shiny green leaves as far as the eye can see, incredible mountain ranges comprised of volcanoes, National Parks ripe for discovery, hidden inland beaches—and most importantly, people who are welcoming and eager to share the story of their country and their resiliency.
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Day by Day
A VIP meet and greet team will assist you through customs and with obtaining your visa. Connect with your driver and head to the Kigali Serena Hotel for an evening at leisure.
Discover one of Kigali's oldest and most vibrant neighbourhoods by foot before visiting the Genocide Memorial Centre to understand the dark days of the 1994 Hutu-Tutsi conflict.
Head toward stunning Nyungwe Forest, a vast national park. In the afternoon you'll spend time at a nearby tea plantation garnering insight into the plant's cultivation before an infusion tasting on the premises.
Explore the largest protected high-altitude rainforest with remarkable diversity on a canopy walk or opt to follow Chimpanzees on an off-terrain hike (permits need to be issued ahead of time).
Move towards the coast of the jaw-dropping Lake Kivu by vehicle. Wander the bright green hillsides of coffee plantations and explore Rwanda's coffee washing stations.
Meet with the Rwandan Cycling team before wandering through agricultural fields and family dwellings to make your way to the exceptional Singita Kwitonda Lodge.
Head into Volcanoes National Park where you'll be assigned an expert tracker and a Silverback gorilla family to seek out. The sight of the magnificent creatures—especially the young, when they make eye contact—is truly stirring.
Enjoy a relaxing morning around the lodge before you drive back to Kigali to connect with your departing flight.
Singita Kwitonda Lodge,
Singita Kwitonda Lodge, in line with the entire Singita portfolio, blends exceptional luxury with conservation. In this singular spot guests can discover high-altitude cloud forests, go trekking in Volcanoes National Park and come face-to-face with the endangered mountain gorilla. With an objective to maintain the biological integrity of 7,000 acres of land, Kwitonda Lodge is a modern example of conservation undertaken by both the lodge and local communities.
One&Only Nyungwe House,
Sink into the comfort of your secluded forest haven, with sumptuous amenities, a crackling fireplace and vibrant art inspired by the natural beauty of Rwanda. Private furnished balconies open to the lush flora, perfect for spotting roaming wildlife.
Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali
The premier property in the capital, the Kigali Serena Hotel offers comfortable rooms with modern amenities such as a business centre and WiFi, as well as more traditional ones like a swimming pool and health club. Its best feature, however, may be its location, in a quiet area that is also convenient to the airport, historic district and bustling commercial areas.
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Gisenyi
Located on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa, and surrounded by tropical gardens, the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel makes for a comfortable stay. Within several hours drive of both the Rwandan capital and the glorious Volcanoes National Park , it overlooks its own private beach and offers 66 spacious guestrooms.
Beautiful scenery, great food, amazing history and charming people—I love it! There was no sense of tourism at all during the trip and we really got to see the country in a unique way.—Lisa Jackson
Trip was amazing and one of the biggest reasons was the guides. They were great as individuals but the relationships they had with one another contributed to the success of the trip. You could tell they really liked each other and enjoyed each other’s company.—Lori Landgarten
This trip is appropriate for travellers who take long walks once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat. It includes moderate to challenging walking on a variety of surfaces. On occasion the golden monkey & gorilla tracking can lead through untamed forest and steep, slippery terrain.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation as indicated
- All meals as indicated
- Services of Rwandan National guide and support vehicle
- Golden Monkey Permit ($100 USD per person)
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off as specified in itinerary
- Gorilla permits ($1,500 USD per person / per trek)
Walking Poles & Waist Pack
Included with all walking trips are telescoping walking poles and custom-made padded waist packs, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. The walking poles get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, but the waist pack is yours to keep at trip’s end. See Equipment Details
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend more time in Rwanda
If you would like to add on another night at Singita and a second gorilla trek please let us know at time of booking. If you'd like to extend your trip elsewhere, we recommend a trip to Akagera National Park for two or three nights. You’ll get a taste for a vastly varied landscape from the rest of Rwanda. In the 1990s the land here was nearly destroyed until a revival project proved that a bit of drive, education and dedication can bring places back from the brink. It's a beautiful compliment to the theme of our Rwanda Walking trip, where we investigate the revival of the mountain gorilla.
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