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.

Practical advice

  • 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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day 1

Johannesburg, arrival
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day 2

Okavango, straight into the Delta
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day 3

Find your lions
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day 4

Time with the lions
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day 5

Lion, buffalo interaction
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day 6

Johannesburg for the night
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day 7

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day 8

Your first Gorilla trek
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day 9

Your second Gorilla trek and Kigali
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day 10

Into the Serengeti
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day 11

Moru and its big cats
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day 12

Lets go and find the migration

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Southern Serengeti or Ndutu

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Western Serengeti corridor

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Mara River in the northern Serengeti

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North-Eastern Serengeti


day 13

With the herds

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Mar

Southern Serengeti or Ndutu

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Jul

Western Serengeti corridor

Aug

Oct

Mara River in the northern Serengeti 

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North-Eastern Serengeti


day 14

Both sides of the Mara River
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day 15

Encounter the Masai Mara
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day 16

Fly Home

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