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Walking safaris in Rwanda

Walking Safari in Rwanda

Walking safaris in Rwanda offer a unique and immersive way to explore the country’s diverse landscapes, from dense rainforests to picturesque savannahs. While Rwanda is well-known for its gorilla trekking experiences, there are also opportunities for walking safaris that allow visitors to connect more intimately with the natural environment. Here are a few places where walking safaris can be enjoyed in Rwanda:

Walking safaris Volcanoes National Park

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Tourists ready for a walk in the Volcanoes national park
  • Golden Monkey Trekking in Volcanoes National park

Golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park provides an opportunity for a walking safari. These playful and colorful monkeys inhabit the bamboo forests, and trekking to observe them involves walking through the park’s lush vegetation.

  • Nature Walking safaris  in Volcanoes national park

Guided nature walks around the park’s boundaries offer a chance to explore the scenic landscapes surrounding the Virunga Massif. Walks may include visits to local communities, providing cultural insights.

Walking safari in Nyungwe National Park

Walking safari on the amazing canopy walk in Nyungwe national park
Canopy walking safari in Nyungwe forest
  • Canopy Walkway in Nyungwe national park

Nyungwe National Park, with its dense montane rainforest, offers a canopy walkway suspended high above the forest floor. Guided walks on the canopy walkway provide a unique perspective on the park’s biodiversity.

  • Nature Trails in Nyungwe national park

Various nature trails within Nyungwe allow for walking excursions, providing opportunities to spot primates, birds, and other wildlife.

The Igishigishigi trail

The Igishigishigi trail covers a distance of 2km with remarkable views of the Nyungwe forest canopy, beautiful wild flowers, occasional monkeys and several birds. The total time on this trail is between one and two hours depending on ones interests. All participants must be at least six years of age and adults must accompany children.

Karamba trail

Karamba trail  is a good birding spot in Nyungwe, which is flanked by numerous fern trees located on the former gold mine site, market and army camp.

Umugote trail

This is great for primate viewing and bird watching in Nyungwe forest with views of ridges, flowers, and butterflies. On a clear day you can see Kibira national park in Burundi.

Umoyove trail

This is also known as Mahogany trail takes you to the waterfall for a relaxed time as you stroll by the parks tallest trees.

  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe National park

While chimpanzee tracking involves some trekking, it also includes periods of walking in the forest as you follow the movements of habituated chimpanzee groups.

Chimpanzees are the most famous primates in the forest totaling up to 500 individuals. Nyungwe national park has other primates that make the whooping sounds in the forest such as the L’hoest’s monkeys, and the black faced vervet monkeys plus others

Walking safaris in Akagera National Park

Giraffes and Zebras on a walking safari in Akagera national park
Giraffes and zebras on a walking safari in Akagera national park
  • Game walking safari in Akagera national Park

Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda offers walking safaris as a way to explore the savannah landscapes and encounter wildlife such as zebras, giraffes, and antelopes.

Guided game walks provide an opportunity to track animals on foot, offering a more intimate connection with the park’s diverse ecosystems.

Hints on Walking safaris in Rwanda 

  • Guided Tours:

Walking safaris in Rwanda are typically guided to ensure safety and enhance the overall experience. Knowledgeable guides provide insights into the flora, fauna, and cultural aspects of the regions.

  • Permits:

Depending on the activity, permits may be required for golden monkey trekking or chimpanzee tracking. It’s essential to obtain permits in advance from Rwanda Development Board.

Contact us to help you book your permits in term at no extra cost

  • Comfortable Clothing:

Wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes suitable for forest or savannah terrain. Dress in lightweight, long-sleeved clothing for protection against the sun and insects.

  • Binoculars and Cameras:

Bring binoculars to enhance wildlife viewing and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes and encounters.

  • Respect Wildlife:

Follow ethical wildlife viewing practices. Keep a safe distance from animals and follow the guidance of your guides.

Walking safaris in Rwanda offer a more intimate experience with nature, allowing travelers to appreciate the biodiversity and cultural richness of this East African nation.