Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, mountain rainforest and sweeping plains. Travelers come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the magnificent gorillas, yet there is so much more to see and experience.

The relatively warm and low-lying plains of Akagera National Park comprises of savannah, woodland, wetland and a dozen lakes. A wild life destination where one can encounter buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, an incredible 490 bird species, plus much more.

This is an opportunity to unplug from the outside world and reconnect with nature, a perfect time to digital detox and push your own limits as a person. The experience is a totally engaging experience where the only thing you gather is memories and the only thing you leave behind is the mere traces of your footprints. People that wish to partake in this hike needs to have a good level of fitness and are prepared for the wild terrain that Africa has to offer. You’ll be getting back to basics, sleeping under the stars and enjoying the wide-open spaces of the bush with some of Africa’s best guides. Taken back in time, this is the ultimate adventure that will bring out the explorer in you, like a true Livingstone, for who will tell the generations to come of the beauty that Africa holds.

Scheduled Departure dates for 2020

  • Trail 1: 2nd to 9th August
  • Trail 2: 9th to 16th August
  • Trail 3: 16th to 23rd August
  • Trail 4: 23rd to 30 August
  • Trail 5: 30th to 6th September
  • Trail 6: 6th to 13th September
  • Trail 7: 13th to 20th September
  • Trail 8: 20th to 27th September
  • Trail 9: 27th to 4th October
  • Trail 10: 4th to 11th October
  • Trail 11: 11th to 18th October
  • Trail 12: 18th to 25th October


We urge you to follow the rules of wild animal engagement as explained by the local guide, to ensure respectful and safe interaction with the wildlife at all times.

The Trail meanders approximately 60 km (south to north) across Akagera National Park’s inspiring landscape. Participants are required to be fit (hiking with backpack) due to the undulating terrain. The age restriction is 16 and persons over 65 will require a Doctor’s letter which confirms that they are fit enough to undertake the Backpack Trail.

We recommend adding Gorilla trekking which can arrange.


Your first night and the night after the Primitive Trail will be spent in a very comfortable (eco) tented camp. Both camps run entirely off solar energy. Trail de Akagera; a multi-day Guided Primitive Trail is an unsupported trail where one can immerse oneself in the ultimate primal experience that nature has to offer. Participants carry everything they require for the duration of the five-night Trail in a backpack. With no tents, no technology and no extras, it allows for an appreciation of wild space and its natural qualities. Each night on Trial is spent under the stars with participants sharing the responsibility of ‘watch duty’.

  • Exclusive Primitive Trail – 8 guests
  • Akagera National Park
  • Encounter wild life and open spaces on foot
  • More than 480 bird species have also been identified in Akagera
  • Dedicated Bush Guides


Day One:

Kigali to Akagera National Park 108 km (2h24min)
Pick up at airport in Kigali and head to Akagera National Park. After checking in at tented camp you will be briefed of the trail days ahead, meals and safety in the bush.

Day Two: Start Primitive Trail

During the 5-night unsupported Primitive Trail you will be sleeping under the stars (on a thin roll matt) with participants taking turns to do ‘watch duty’. Participants prepare their own meals and will have access to water each day.

The Trail meanders approximately 60 km (south to north) across Akagera National Park’s inspiring landscape. Participants are required to be fit (hiking with backpack) due to the undulating terrain. The primary objective is to engage with wild space and not to ‘conquer’ the Trail. Due to tourism infrastructure (public roads), thick vegetation in combination with a high density of Cape Buffalo and Hippo the Trail does NOT pass along the lakeshore.

Day Three to Six: Primitive Trail

It is highly likely that we will encounter the following; Masai Giraffe, Plains Zebra, Topi, Defassa Waterbuck, Impala, Cape Buffalo, Oribi, Bohor Reedbuck, Klipspringer, Warthog, Bush Pig, Common Duiker, Roan Antelope, Eland, Hippo, Crocodile and Olive Baboon. More than 480 bird species have also been identified in Akagera. Other iconic large mammals such as Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Elephant are encountered much less frequently.

A Primitive Wilderness Trail is not an efficient way of viewing all the iconic mammal species (Big 5). Therefore, these species are not the main focus of our excursion. Our focus is on purposefully engaging with wild spaces, becoming ‘participants’ (man in nature) and deep ecology which explores biological relationships as opposed to individual species.

Day Seven: End Primitive Trail at Bush Camp

Relax after the 5 days of hiking and enjoy the comfort of the bush camp.

Day Eight:

Akagera National Park to Kigali 108km (2h24m)
Transfer back to Kigali airport.


  • Transfers to and from Airport
  • Bush Tent Accommodation for the first night and seventh night
  • Park entrance fees
  • All food for preparing meals on hike
  • All meals at bush camp
  • Private African bush guides


  • Visas
  • International flight and departure taxes.
  • Insurance
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Laundry services.

Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.

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