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Half-Day Mukungwa River Canoe Trip from Musanze

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    What to Expect
    You'll be paddling a modern canoe on a mostly gentle river though the Thousand Hills for which Rwanda is so famous. Meandering through a lush, fertile valley with abundant birds and friendly farmers working their fields, you'll gain a unique view of rural life. We don't stop off along the way but as we float around each new corner, there's something new to see. 
    We offer a pick up in central Musanze, will take you to the river, pick you up afterwards and bring you back to town. We also supply modern, new buoyancy aids and have a qualified guide who will look after you on the water. We have a waterproof camera which will be used to take photos that will then be shared with you shortly afterwards.
    The whole trip from pick up to return lasts about 4 hours and don't worry, there are no hippos or crocs in the water.
    Please note:
    • No experience is needed, but you should be reasonably fit and mobile. So, for example, if you've trekked to see the gorillas or are happy to ride a bicycle around town, this trip should be suitable for you.
    • We need to leave promptly, so please be ready on time. There are no refunds for missed departures.
    • Bring a hat, sunscreen and wear light clothes - such as shorts and a t–shirt that can get wet. A raincoat is also a good idea in the wet season.
    • Most people go barefoot in the canoes, but footwear is necessary for when you get out at the end. Sandals work well and flip flops are ok.
    • Please leave behind your jewellery, phones, cameras and anything else that could be damaged by water or lost if it doesn't float!
    • Subject to availability, you can meet and pay the guide on the day, but, we don't offer discounts for cash sales.
    • In the wet season, whilst mornings are usually dry, it's common for there to be rain in the afternoons. Thunderstorms tend to pass quickly, so we don't cancel trips because it's raining - even if it is heavy rain.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    I highly recommend canoeing on the Mukungwa River to anyone coming through Musanze - it’s beautiful! We chose to canoe as a more relaxing activity after hiking Bisoke the day before and it was the perfect choice. For the majority of the trip, the river...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank F4816FK
    Reviewed yesterday

    My friend and me had a really great time canoing on this river ! The trip is really peaceful and let plenty of time to admire the beautiful landscapes and many different kind of birds, and to discuss with our friendly guide and learn a...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank JoeMalc
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    A fantastic way to see Musanze and Rwandan life along the river from collecting grass for there cows, fishing for their support or washing. Some fantastic wildlife from Kingfishers (Alcedo and Pied) to Herons and more. I even spotted one of the elusive otters! Predominately...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank heathjackie
    Reviewed June 22, 2019

    My friend and I had a wonderful time canoeing in Rwanda with Kingfisher! We loved the beautiful, peaceful landscapes and the gentle challenge of learning how to steer a canoe in a river. We were impressed by the guides' English comprehension, dedication to safety, knowledge...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank ChelseaC52
    Reviewed March 24, 2019

    The Canoe Trip is a fantastic way to see a different side of Rwanda. It combines a relaxing trip down the river meandering through farms and fields with a few instances of faster, more exciting flow. We even saw an otter! I would recommend this...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank John L
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