Welcome to Rwanda
Tiny Rwanda's name may evoke memories of the horrific genocide that brutalised this country in 1994, but the country is better known today as one of Africa's most stable nations, a plucky survivor that has come together in the decades since the dark times to create a promising and dynamic future.Tourism is once again a key contributor to the economy and the industry’s brightest star is the chance to track mountain... Read More
Top experiences in Rwanda
A Day in the Life of a Local Artisan from Muhanga Town
The experience is for groups less than 6 people per household, it is the perfect opportunity to really connect with your artisans hosts. Activities are dependent on the season as the weather depicts significant events in the community, so be prepared to be flexible in case events lead to a change of plan.At 8am 10 minute briefing at the office before being transferred to the local rural community. At 8.30 you will arrive and be welcome by the artisans and start the seasonal activity e.g. hoeing or planting. The artisans will show you how to do the activity and will work alongside you. They will encourage you to take a rest whenever you need to, or to sit out and watch if you prefer. At 11.00 am you will join the locals to fetch water and have the opportunity to help with food preparation.Lunch will be served at 12.30 and this will be local Rwandan food that the family would normally eat. The food will be cooked as vegetarian e.g. cassava and beans. This is a good time to ask your hosts about life in their community. They may have questions for you too about life in your home country.After an hour at lunch there will be a two hour one-to-one instruction in weaving a simple item in sisal before departing the community. At 15.45 you will arrive back at the office where you will enjoy a cold drink and have a debrief about your experience before shopping for gifts and souvenirs in the life store, here you will find a wide range of high quality handicrafts for sale, including those made by the artisans you visited.
Experience Traditional Construction in Rwanda
In the morning you collect water and soil, which you are taught how to turn into mud bricks. After making bricks, you dig the foundations and learn how to lay the bricks in a way to ensure the building is strong. Share a simple home-cooked lunch with your host family. After this you collect banana leaves, which you are taught to make into a strong rope that can be used to lash wood together.At 8am there will be a briefing at the office before being transferred to the community and be welcome by artisans and go to the family home of the artisan who is your host for the day. In the morning you will fetch water or help with food preparation. At 9.45am the day activities begin where you can learn the rural construction techniques including making rope from banana tree and bricks from mud. The artisans will show you how to do the activity and will work alongside you.Lunch will be served at 12.30pm and will be a typical Rwandan dish e.g. cassava and beans. This is a good time to ask your hosts about life in their community. They may have questions for you too about life in your home country.At 1:30pm the afternoon session will begin where you can use traditional techniques learnt in the morning to build domestic animal’s shade, a fence or a house. The session will end at 2:30pm and you will be transferred back to the office for a cold drink. You will then have the opportunity to shop for gifts and souvenirs at the Azizi Life store. We have a wide range of high quality handicrafts for sale, including those made by the artisans you visit.
Traditional Drumming and Dancing Class in Rwanda
Arrive at the office before being introduced to the history of dancing in Rwanda and the reasons behind imitating cows’ movements. There will be welcoming songs and drumming to make you feel welcome. You will then have a demonstration and coaching from experts dancers, learning about the practices guided by experts. Here you will be taught how to move your feet, arms, the whole body. You will have short breaks and ask as many questions you have.You will then combine all your new moves into a short traditional dance. Then you can have go at the drumming and you are free to dance! Finally, there will be a chance to shop for gifts and souvenirs store. There is a wide range of high quality handicrafts for sale, including those made by the artisans you visited.
Banana Juice Making at a Local Community in Rwanda
Arrive at the center at 08.00. Here you will have a briefing before departing to the rural community. Here you will be welcomed by artisans and meet the family that will be your hosts for the day. At 08.45 the days activities start by cutting and collecting green bananas, then digging a hole in the ground to bury the green bananas to become ripe. At 11.00 you can help fetch water or continue to help with food preparation. At 12.30 a traditional Rwandan lunch will be served e.g. cassava and beans. This is a good time to ask your hosts about life in their community. They may have questions for you too about life in your home country.After an hour at lunch you will dig up the ripe bananas and start the juice-making process using traditional techniques. This will take approximately 2 hours. At 15.30 you will depart the rural community and be transferred back to the center for a cold drink and debrief before shopping for gifts and souvenirs at the store.
7 Day Gorilla Trekking Adventure
Day 1: ArrivalOn the day of your arrival, we will meet you at the Entebbe International Airport and transfer you to the Papyrus Guesthouse; your accommodation for tonight.Overnight: Papyrus Guest House (B&B)Day 2: Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkAfter an early breakfast and briefing, we will fly you to Kisoro in southern Uganda. During the short flight, you will be able to see Uganda´s beautiful landscape from high up. We will pick you up from the airstrip once the plane lands, and begin our 2 hour journey to Nkuringo. Overnight: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp Day 3: Gorilla TrekkingAt 8:00 AM, the gorilla trekking will start with a detailed briefing about gorilla etiquette. Once we find them, we will be allowed to spend 1 hour with them.Overnight: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp Day 4: Forest Nature walk - Bwindi Forest You will have the opportunity to undertake a full day of trekking, accompanied by our local guides through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Overnight: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp Day 5: Community Walk and Canoe excursion on Lake Mutanda Depart Nkuringo after breakfast with your safari guide to commence a walk to Lake Mutanda after having been dropped by your safari vehicle at Rubuguri Junction. Here, a 9km walk to the north shore of the lake is conducted where the dugout canoe team will rendezvous at the Rwajenje landing site with you to complete a traverse of the lake over 2 and 1/2 hours to the southern shore. From the southern shore, it is a 90 minute walk into Kisoro town. Overnight: Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge Day 6: Golden Monkey Tracking Mount Gahinga National Park is at 33 km, the smallest national park, but its flora and fauna and the 3 volcanoes offer a wide range of activities. Golden Monkeys are a unique species which can only be found on the volcanoes of the Virunga and in Nungwe forest in Rwanda. The tracking and viewing activity is generally conducted over a 4 to 5 hour window. Optional activity – Mt Sabinyo Volcano ClimbTracking Approx 8 hoursAfter breakfast, proceed to Mgahinga National Park head quarters for a briefing before starting a Volcano climb of Mount Sabinyo. Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, takes about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip, following a steep ridge up to the peak this trek will be conducted in the company of your Nkuringo Walking Safari guide.Overnight: Gahinga LodgeDay 7: Transfer to Kisoro Airstrip – Entebbe We will drive back to Kisoro for your flight back to Entebbe.
3-Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari
Day 1: (L, D)Arrive at Kigali Airport where you will be welcomed by a Nkuringo Walking Safaris representative and transferred to your accommodation. You will have lunch in the capital city before proceeding to the most beautiful national park in the country: Volcanoes National Park. You will explore bamboo forests, open grassland and swamps. You will head to the lodge for Dinner and overnight at (Budget Option: Kinigi Guest House). Day 2: Gorilla tracking. 2-5 hrs trekking (B, L, D) Today you will have the opportunity to spend some time with the endangered mountain gorillas. You will take a beautiful hike through the green landscape and hills of the Virunga Volcanoes. Spend a magical hour with these amazing creatures while your guide talks about the family and their behavior. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon to relax and enjoy the breathtaking view, dinner and overnight. (Budget Option: - Kinigi Guest House).Day 3: Parc National des Volcanoes – Kigali – DepartureHave a relaxing breakfast and enjoy the beautiful scenery one more time before you head back to Kigali with a packed lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided city tour and visit some interesting, historical sites, including the Kigali Memorial Center.Depending on the time of your international flight you will be dropped at Kigali International Airport.*For a fee, you can upgrade to either a mid-range option (Mountain Gorilla View Lodge), or a Luxury option (Volcanoes Virunga Lodge) (inclusive of local beverages and laundry service).