BEST CHILDREN FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES TO DO IN RWANDA
Traveling as a family brings its own unique challenges, especially when visiting remote destinations that may venture off the beaten track. Rwanda (‘the Land of a Thousand Hills’) is not the place many people might think of as a child-friendly holiday destination, however, there is plenty to see and do with children in this beautiful country. Let us take you on a journey to Experience local customs fro crafting, banana juice making, traditional construction, cooking, candle dipping, homestays, to drumming and dancing, the cultural Experiences give you and your family a chance to truly understand the Rwandan way of life. During these day trips, you are fully immersed in Rwandan culture, meeting the local people and experiencing their everyday life.
UNDER THE STARS NIGHTS IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Who wouldn’t love to camp in a beautiful national park full of elephants, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, and lions? Camping in the fenced area of south of Akagera National Park is an unforgettable experience for any family. Bring your own tent or rent one for the staff to erect for you. Firewood is provided, as are BBQ areas, running fresh water and long-drop toilets. Don’t forget to bring your marshmallows, then enjoy sitting by the fire under a star-filled sky and listening for the sounds of the wildlife that surround your camp.
CITY ESCAPES AT LAKE KIVU
Enjoy being away from the city and relax by the lakeside of Lake Kivu. As you lounge by the lakeside, local boats will pull up and offer you trips to the small islands and the hot springs. Remember to haggle for a great price on your boat ride and be aware of the weather (if it looks like rain is coming, it’s best not to go offshore). If you feel like splurging then stay at the fabulous Serena Lake Kivu Hotel Their standard rooms have two double beds, which is perfect for a small family.
CANOE ON THE MUKUNGWA RIVER
Get a different view of Rwanda as you navigate the Mukungwa River in your canoe. Kingfisher Journeys welcome children from four years old to join in their half-day canoeing trips, which take off from Musanze. Enjoy the beautiful diversity of Rwanda’s countryside, wildlife and water life, and meet some members of the local communities that live along the riverside – a wonderful experience for all ages.
FAMILY BRUNCH LONG THE HOTEL
There are various four and five-star hotels in Kigali that offer fabulous long branches over the weekends. From morning to late afternoon, you can sit back and relax while all your food and drinks are provided. Use of the swimming pool is normally included in the brunch price and helps to keep children well entertained. The Kigali Marriott Hotel weekend brunch includes the use of a bouncy castle near the swimming pool, so extra entertainment for the children!
RIDE A HORSE ON THE TOP OF MOUNT KIGALI
Fazenda Sengha offers horse riding lessons every day of the week. Situated on top of Mount Kigali, the views are spectacular, so sit back and relax while your children enjoy the horse riding. You can also join in with them for a family horse riding lesson. Take a picnic and stay for lunch; there are tables to use and lots of green space for the children to run and around. Also on offer is a zip line and horse trails for when you want to head off course.
WORK UP AN APPETITE IN A RESTAURANT PLAYGROUND
Public playgrounds are non-existent in Rwanda, but there are some great restaurants that offer play spaces perfect for entertaining children. CasaKeza, Century Park Tung Chinese Cuisine, Heaven, J. Lynn’s and Pili Pili are some of the restaurants you can choose from. These restaurants all have various forms of outdoor play areas, indoor playhouses, toys, sandpits, live animals, grassy areas and swimming pools, not to mention delicious food for the whole family to enjoy. At Heaven Restaurant you will find a great kids’ menu and a playground. Plus, on weekends, there are craft activities for children offered at the adjoining Azizi Life Boutique.
XPLORE AND SHOP AT LOCAL MARKET
From the smells to the vibrant colors to the happy people, Kimironko Market is quite the shopping experience. Bring along your shopping bags and stock up on everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to second-hand clothing. Kimironko Market has everything you could possibly imagine (and some things you couldn’t!). Remember to bring cash and barter like the locals do.