Solo travel in Rwanda

enter image description here

Rwanda is well suited to solo travel. Independent travellers using public transport will find that locals are very friendly and keen to engage in conversation with single foreigners. On more upmarket visits, all the national parks are serviced by the sort of small exclusive tented camps and lodges that encourage interaction between guests and offers a hand-on personalised service.

Highlights

The top highlight for solo travellers is tracking gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. This is undertaken in groups of up to eight people, none of whom might necessarily know each other in advance, so it is straightforward for solo travellers to participate. Other highlights include chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park and safari activities in Akagera.

Travel tips

  • Sociable solo travellers might think about joining a group tours, Failing that, try to stay at lodges and camps that offer all-inclusive packages with group activities and encourage guests to eat together at one large table.

  • For younger or more adventurous travellers, there are backpacker hostel in Kigali and outside Musanze (near Volcanoes National Park) with communal areas where it is easy to meet other travellers, and to put together groups to go on activities together.

  • There are no risks specific to travelling in Rwanda, but single women should apply the usual commonsense precautions - i.e. don’t walk alone after dark - when exploring cities and larger towns such as Kigali.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 1

Welcome to Kigali
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 2

Volcanoes National Park
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 3

Gorilla Trekking | Day 1
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 4

Gorilla Trekking | Day 2
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 5

Serengeti National Park | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 6

Serengeti National Park | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 7

Serengeti National Park | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 8

Masai Mara | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 9

Masai Mara | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 10

Masai Mara | Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)
  • Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

day 11

End of Journey

View Full Itinerary

Popular Rwanda Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Nature, Romance and Exclusivity - A Complete African Honeymoon (14 days)

Nature, Romance and Exclusivity - A Complete African Honeymoon (14 days)

This exclusive African honeymoon through East and Southern Africa is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new journey together...

Chimpanzee | Meet the Primates of Uganda and Rwanda (12 days)

Meet the Primates of Uganda and Rwanda (12 days)

See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial ...

 | Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration...

The Uganda Hills | The Complete East Africa Experience (13 days)

The Complete East Africa Experience (13 days)

Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas...

 | Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

Unforgettable experience in the jungles of Rwanda to track the last Mountain gorillas on earth and view the awesome Great Migration river crossings...



You might also like

A couple safari in Rwanda

Comoran Lodge, Lake Kivu Rwanda is well suited to active couples whose idea of shared quality time entails forest hikes, game drives, engaging in cultural activities, and so on. It is not particularly suited to quiet romantic beach getaways, though lovely Lake Kivu provides a fair substitute for a bona fide beach resort. Highlights The top highlight for couples - as with most other…

Rwanda in March

Highlands and medium-altitude regions, for instance Kigali, Lake Kivu and Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks, are warm to hot by day, and comfortably cool by night. Low-lying Akagera National Park is hot by day, and warm by night. March marks the start of the main rainy season and most parts of the country receive rainfall in excess of 100mm precipitation. March is not an optimum…

Kigali

Credit: Umulinga Founded as recently as 1907, Kigali served as a minor administrative centre in the colonial era, and had a population of fewer than 6,000 when it was selection as capital of newly-independent Rwanda due to its central location in 1962. Today, this strikingly neat and modern-looking highland city sprawls attractively across a series of hills spanning altitudes of…

Big Five safari in Rwanda

Akagera National Park is Rwanda’s only Big Five destination, which means that it hosts populations of lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and buffalo. It is also at present a rather underrated safari destination, but rapidly recovering from years neglect following the reintroduction of lions in 2015 and black rhino in 2017. Big Five aside, the park offers great general wildlife…

Shopping in Rwanda

Kigali is equipped with a fair selection of well-stocked (but often quite pricey) western-style supermarkets and malls. Shops in smaller towns are less varied and more poorly stocked, but most everyday goods likely to be required by tourists will be available. A wide range of handicrafts is sold countrywide and there’s great scope for browsing, especially in Kigali. The city’s…

Photography in Rwanda

Rwanda offers some superb opportunities for wildlife and scenic opportunities. The mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park are wonderful laidback photographic subject and the speeds attainable by modern cameras mean you would have to be very unlucky not to come back with some awesome pictures, even in gloomy conditions. The more restless chimpanzees of Nyungwe National Park tend to…

Travelling to Rwanda

Almost all visitors from abroad fly. All flights currently land at Kibale International Airport, which lies less than 10km from central Kigali. Taxis are available to/from the city centre. Work on the new Bugesera International Airport, 40km south of the capital, commenced in August 2017. The national airline RwandAir operates intercontinental flights connecting Kigali to Brussels,…

Rwanda in June

Highlands and medium-altitude regions, for instance Kigali, Lake Kivu and Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks, are warm to hot by day, and comfortably cool by night. Low-lying Akagera National Park is hot by day, and warm by night. June marks the start of the long dry season and monthly rainfall in most parts of the country is relatively low (below 50mm). Jun is an excellent month…

Ready to start your adventure?

+27 (0)21 422 3498
   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    Mon - Fri: 8AM - 9PM GMT+2