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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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Crema, RN4, Ruhengeri, Rwanda

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Bottled water
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation from outside central Musanze - including Kinigi
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 7 years
    • Those under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult
    • A maximum of 4 people per booking
    • Dress code: Shorts and T-shirt or other clothing that doesn't matter if it gets wet, sandals, and a raincoat in the wet season
    • Unless otherwise agreed, the meeting place is La Silene, a coffee shop on the Kigali road, at the bottom of the hill just outside of Musazne.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I had an excellent guide. The river trip down the river was really relaxing and it was lovely to see local people doing their everyday thing, interspersed with some small rapids to make a little excitment. Recommend Crema coffee as well.
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    Loved everything about this trip with Eloi as my guide. The scenery is beautiful and you see the locals working in the fields, the trip was gentle and exciting across little rapids but I felt very safe with Eloi, who was a pleasure to meet and chat to. Would recommend this
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    There were local children following us along the stream, them on the ground and us on the boat. We felt insecure about this when the guide's boat was away from ours. It ended up as the children throwing rock to us and we couldnt catch them because they ran away. The boat trip
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    Response from KingfisherJourneys, Owner at Half-Day Mukungwa River Canoe Trip from Musanze
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    With well trained and qualified leaders, Kingfisher Journeys takes safety very seriously. Therefore immediately after receiving this review, we tried to contact the customer who left this review to follow up and find out more details about when the event occurred and what happened. However, as the trip took place some six or seven months ago, we could not identify the customer from their Trip Advisor Profile and they have not replied, so we have been unable to take the investigation into this incident further. Despite this, Kingfisher Journeys has a good relationship with all the local communities who live near the Mukungwa River where we run this canoe trip. We provide jobs for some of them and pay the local farmers to support our guides with safety procedures. Therefore whilst the children do come to watch and run along the river, whilst playful they are never aggressive. Nevertheless we take this seriously and are therefore redoubling our efforts to work with and support the communities. We have discussed this apparent incident with their leaders and community representatives stressing how local people’s friendship and hospitality is well received by the vast majority of our clients. They have been really concerned to hear that some of their own children may throw stones and have assured us that they will use their community networks to stop this rare behaviour entirely. With two guides on the water whenever we have more than six clients, one of our guides is always close by to support our clients. We are sorry if the clients who wrote this review felt let down, however, we are not complacent. Rather we regularly train our staff and work with them to ensue they understand the need to stay close and be on hand to offer support to clients whenever needed. Canoeing the Mukungwa River is one of the most lovely and peaceful experiences in Rwanda and we hope you will come back to enjoy it again. Thank you.
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    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 weaves throughout
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    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 lot from him. Excitment and fun comes as
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