Family travel in Rwanda

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Rwanda is not a particularly family-friendly destination. It has no attraction that caters specifically to youngsters, and gorilla tracking, the most popular activity for adults, is off-limits to children aged less than 15. In addition, the threat of malaria might be deterrent for families with young children. Most children will enjoy a few days on safari in Akagera National Park or hanging around the beaches of Lake Kivu.

Highlights

The highlight for most travellers is tracking gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, followed by chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park. This is true for families too, provided that all members are aged 15 or older, and reasonably fit and outdoorsy. Children will enjoy safaris in Akagera National Park, which hosts all the Big Five and offers boat trips as an alternative to game drives.

Travel tips

  • Do not enter malarial areas with children not yet old enough to safely take prophylactic drugs or be able to clearly communicate any malarial symptoms to their parents.

  • Parents of younger children should check whether their hotel offers babysitting services and/or activities suited to children.

  • Children must be aged 15 or more to participate in gorilla and chimp tracking activities, along with most other forest hikes in Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks.


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Botswana | Okavango Delta
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Botswana | Okavango Delta
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Botswana | Okavango Delta
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South Africa | Johannesburg
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day 7

Rwanda | Volcanoes National Park
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Rwanda | Volcanoes National Park
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Tanzania | Central Serengeti
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Tanzania | Central Serengeti
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Tanzania | Central Serengeti

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day 13

Tanzania | Serengeti National Park

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Mara River in the northern Serengeti 

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day 14

Kenya | Masai Mara

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Kenya | Masai Mara

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