Kingfisher Journeys
Water Sports • Eco Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Explore, discover and journey amongst the thousand hills and see more of Rwanda from a truly unique perspective. Soak up the peace and quiet on the water, watch the beautiful landscape passing by, see the amazing birdlife, engage with friendly communities and do something unique in almost all of Africa! We run professionally guided small group kayaking day trips and overnight adventures on Lake Kivu from both Gisenyi and Kibuye multi-day activities from Cyangugu to Gisenyi. With new modern and very stable kayaks and all equipment provided, our guides offer instruction to help you enjoy this exciting - and yet also very relaxing - activity!
Kigali, Rwanda

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2022

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cand10
2 contributions
Nov 2022
We booked a 4 days trip to Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu and Kigali with Kingfisher Journeys in November 2022 with a group of friends. From the beginning, the company (Ninah) has been very reactive and flexible, adapting the program and suggestions to our wishes and replying to any of our requests within few hours (if not minutes!). The whole trip was then exactly how we wanted it to be and we enjoyed every minute of it. We also spent wonderful time with our driver (Tito) and guide (Pax) who were very knowledgeable, communicative and friendly. We would definitely recommend Kingfisher Journeys to any person wishing to visit Rwanda.
Written November 17, 2022
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Daniel F
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Jul 2021 • Friends
Great 4 day kayaking trip across lake Kivu! The guides were very knowledgeable about the area and willing to be flexible on the itinerary to meet the needs of our group. Our guides, Gracien and Yves, were very well trained in water safety and rescue procedures. Despite having a large group, they managed the trip very well and we felt very comfortable on the water knowing the training our guides had under their belts. Thanks to Kingfisher Journeys for the trip of a life time!!
Written August 18, 2021
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Road641922
2 contributions
Jul 2021
Highly recommend Kingfisher. Our two guides (Gratien and Yves) were everything an ideal guide should be: capable, knowledgeable, responsive, flexible, communicative . . . . the list could go on. Best of all though they were warm and personable––I felt a genuine connection with them during our four days on Lake Kivu and I hope to stay in touch. They speak French and English both and definitely know how to tailor a trip to suit the customers' specific needs/desires (we were a large group and they managed fantastically). Blessings Kingfisher!
Written August 29, 2021
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Keara E
4 contributions
Feb 2020
I did the sunset kayaking trip on Lake Kivu with Kingfisher Journeys and HIGHLY recommend it! Firstly, the lake is so beautiful, especially at sunset. The company was very easy to book with and communicative. The guide, Willy, was fantastic and really took care of me. He explained everything we were seeing and taking photos. We even got to meet some of the guys on the fishing boats. The trip was a lot of fun and I would love to do it again. Would recommend to all my family and friends.
Written February 23, 2020
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Adia U
Kigali, Rwanda2 contributions
Aug 2020
This was my second time going on a canoe trip along River Mkungwa. It was beautiful and serene - it felt like I was a part of the surrounding nature; gorgeous cranes, cattle egrets, weaverbirds, and even an otter!

The company staff are very professional and knowledgeable about the environment and are very kind. I had my lunch and juice in the canoe in the middle of the trip and it was such an amazing experience!!

I HIGHLY recommend canoeing on River Mkungwa and kayaking on Lake Kivu. I have done all these trips and I am looking forward to some more!
Written August 18, 2020
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Heaven_Restaurant
Kigali Province, Rwanda5 contributions
Oct 2020
Our family with kids ages 9, 11, 13 had the best weekend hosted by Kingfisher Journeys! We started out kayaking and stand up paddling on Lake Kivu which was such a special way to see Giseyni, the birdlife and the surrounding areas from the water,. The next day we took a boat on Lake Ruhondo to an island where we hiked along the water's edge and had a very intimate view of local community life as well as incredible and rare birds, and a sighting of a hawk who hunted a frog in front of us! We hiked to a boat which met us with canoes and we then canoed across the Twin Lakes with dramatic views of volcanoes and a picnic on top of a private island! Our last day in the area we enjoyed a village bike ride with Team Rwanda, another excellent way to see farmland, and village life all hosted by extremely patient and knowledgeable guides Eloi and Yves from Kingfisher Journey.. I highly recommend planning any of their ourdoor activities on your next visit to Rwanda!
Written November 8, 2020
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David Tate
2 contributions
Jul 2021
Great trip! Four days total on Kivu with my best friends and two great guides. Couldn't ask for a better trip. Gratien and Yves (our guides) were extremely personable and spoke fantastic English and French. They had the perfect balance of caution and mindfulness for our group and laid back easygoingness ( : The trip itself was awesome. The islands are great for exploring, tree jumping, etc. Definitely be sure to swing by Napoleon if you're around. Climb to the top and see the bats. Also, if you want a really unique experience and don't mind waking a bit early, get out on the water before the sunrise and experience the silent tranquility of a sleeping Rwanda. The water was glass. Definitely recommend Kingfisher.
Written August 16, 2021
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Savannah T
1 contribution
Jul 2021
I had a fantastic adventure with Kingfisher Journeys! My friends and I did a 4 day kayak trip across Lake Kivu with our two guides from Kingfisher, camping on islands along the way. Kingfisher Journeys outfitted our group of seven with kayaks for the trip. Amazing experience all around! Our guides Gratien and Yves were knowledgeable and fun to hang out with.
Written August 5, 2021
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Isobelle P
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Oct 2022 • Couples
Kayak tour on Lake Kivu: Amazing area of Rwanda and so peaceful to see from the kayaks! 2 guides (Pats & Walter) are great, and we had a lovely time on the beautiful lake paddling and camping, and on the interesting coffee washing tour on the island! Would recommend!
Only suggestion to Kingfisher- for the amount we paid, we would have preferred slightly better hospitality in terms of catering. The meals could be more substantial and more interesting (local foods would be amazing !/from locals offering that service nearby). It Would have been nice to feel the boat had been pushed out in terms of the catering comfort, due to expectations from the price! We had a great time anyway though so thanks to all the team:)
Written October 11, 2022
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Addison M
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Friends
Went on a four day kayaking trip on lake Kivu. We started Kibogoro to Gisenyi. Gratien and Yeves were our guides, and they were amazing! They did a great job leading us and were very knowledgeable. They strove to make genuine connections with us and were consistently concerned for our safety and well being. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them and would absolutely recommend them to others! It was a great way to experience the beauty of Rwanda.
Written August 18, 2021
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