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Has anyone out there used this company in 2012 for Rwandan gorilla tracking? What was your experience like?

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During my January term break from Harvard Business School, a friend and I traveled to Rwanda and had the absolute best experience with Amahoro Tours. Prior to arriving in Rwanda, we had planned very little and expected to just figure it out upon arrival. In speaking with a friend who had previously used Amahoro Tours several times, however, we were convinced to get in contact with Greg, the owner, in order to maximize our Rwandan experience.

Best decision ever. Greg was a dream. He designed a custom tour for us based on our interests and our timeframe, and he set us up with an incredible guide, Shitowa. Shitowa had a beautiful brand new 4x4, and he spoke nearly-perfect English. He was very attentive to our needs and desires, even down to the detail of proactively buying us diet cokes because he believed “all American girls love diet coke.” Shitowa gave us an insiders’ view into Rwanda’s rich and tragic history as well as its present day marvels. We experienced the Genocide Museum in Kigali, a beautiful drive to the Lake Kivu region, a drive-by the Congo border (at our strong request), and an exhilarating day trekking with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.

My friend and I are both well-traveled Americans, and Rwanda was easily one of the top experiences I’ve ever had. The country is beautiful and untouched by tourism, the experience of being less than ten feet from 600-pound gorillas was unlike any other, and the hospitality that Greg and Shitowa demonstrated made me eager to return to Rwanda and even more eager to spread the word about Amahoro Tours with family and friends. I highly highly recommend Greg and his team – you will be in safe, knowledgeable hands!

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Ask Greg Bakunzi of Amahoro Tours how many people he used and cheated to create his "community based tourism" Ask him how he stole community centre and orphanage from people of Nyakinama.

Greg Bakunzi has promoted his tourist company using the orphaned children as a avenue of exploitation and personal gain. Please ask him where your money goes if you doing any of his "community based" cultural activities.

Red Rocks is new "project" of Greg Bakunzi. But it was a community centre and orphanage who were build and donated to people of Nyakinama by various groups of people whom Greg Bakunzi manipulated and cheated. Greg Bakunzi has promoted his tourist company using the orphaned children (and used children from surrounding villages to pretend to be orphans) as a avenue of exploitation and personal gain. Red Rocks (buildings, land and facilitates) is stolen from local community. Please ask questions, please contact us for more information.

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Ask Greg Bakunzi of Amahoro Tours how many people he used and cheated to create his "community based tourism" Ask him how he stole community centre and orphanage from people of Nyakinama.

Red Rocks is new "project" of Greg Bakunzi. But it was a community centre and orphanage who were build and donated to people of Nyakinama by various groups of people whom Greg Bakunzi manipulated and cheated. Greg Bakunzi has promoted his tourist company using the orphaned children (and used children from surrounding villages to pretend to be orphans) as a avenue of exploitation and personal gain. Red Rocks (buildings, land and facilitates) is stolen from local community. Please ask questions, please contact us for more information.

Edited: 1:20 pm, June 10, 2013
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We used Amahoro Tours to arrange our Rwanda gorilla viewing experience. Amahoro did an outstanding job and we highly recommend them and the gorillas, which were incredible.

--We found Amahoro over the internet and booked directly, which required sending a USD1300 deposit. We were a bit nervous because we hadn't dealt with them before and weren't going through a U.S. travel agent. Anne at Amahoro was very responsive.

--After booking, our plans changed a month before our trip. Instead of forfeiting our deposit, Anne held it until we could reschedule a year later.

--Alex, our Amahoro driver, picked us up on time at our hotel in Kigali in a nice 4WD SUV and drove us to our hotel near the gorilla park HQ, around 2 and 1-2 hrs. from Kigali. The road was recently repaved and Alex drove very carefully.

--On the recommendation of Amahoro we used Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. It was much less expensive than some other options and we liked it a lot (see our separate posting).

--On the morning of our gorilla trek, Alex picked us up and drove us to park HQ and then to the trail. He got us an excellent hike--an easy, level one hour walk to the gorillas. The gorillas were magnificent!!

--Alex then took us back to our hotel to freshen up and have lunch and drove us back to Kigali.

Everything about our Amahoro was first rate and we have been recommending them (and the gorillas) to everyone we've met on our safari.

Rwanda is a lovely country. Many people there are very poor and tourism means so much to them and helps fund conservation of the gorillas and their habitat. Despite the poverty, no one begged for money or tips. Instead, they were all incredibly gracious. Go visit the gorillas and enjoy the lovely people of Rwanda.

Tip--although no one asked us for tips it means the world to them receive them. Take lots of US one and five dollar bills.

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Gorilla tours with Amahoro

In September we (wife and I in our 70's) were on a 7 day tour with Amahoro Tours that included seeing the gorillas. In general, everything worked out OK. The best part was the gorillas. About a 90 minute walk, uphill, a bit wet but a great adventure.

One problem was that Amahoro missed some of the point in what was arranged as a customized trip. We had tried to emphasize that the cultural aspects of Rwandan life were of major importance to us. The itinerary we received and expected was "right on" but the actual tour was a lot of drive-by stuff. Our guide/driver (Kevin) was nice enough and knowledgeable enough but in retrospect he didn't try hard enough to seek out off-the-road points of interest. We wanted to learn the details of charcoal making and brick making but he never got to that up close. It's not enough to just drive by and point out an activity at 50 mph!! Just one time we stopped at a small farmer's place and got a good personal view with questions and answers. We wanted to talk to local folks about marriage, death, love, etc. but we just kept driving. And then there was the Red Rocks Cultural Center---a short walk through some rocky fields, 20 minutes worth of banana beer making and millet grinding. Where was the walk through a typical rural village? Very superficial. And, the last day of our tour was supposed to be a visit to an important genocide memorial in Nyamata but it was Sunday and the memorial was closed.

I must say that some of the places we stayed were very nice--in Gisenyi the Paradis Malahide was super and our home stay with Francis in Musanze was interesting but way too short because we had to get up very early to get to the gorilla meeting spot.

The tour company was accommodating when it came to changing our hotels in Kigali and even gave us an extra day's hotel (maybe they felt guilty about not taking us to the genocide memorial which we went to on our own after the tour was over).

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Please look at Bradt guide update on Amahoro Tours . Do not get involved in any "community project" other charity programs (like Red Rocks Rwanda) offered by its owner Greg Bakunzi. Numerous people now giving evidence of years of extortions, lies and false promises by Greg Bakunzi promoting Amahoro Tours on backs of his countryman. The quality of his service is also highly questionable and his connections to illegal "businesses" he is also connected with in DRC are a cause of caution. You ve been warned !

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We used Amahoro in July of this year. No problems with planning or wiring money. Everything was as promised by Mercy. Had an excellent guide Safari and his name really is Safari. Tried to post review but tripadvisor will not let me for this company!!

Do not hesitate to use Amahoro tours if you are planning to go to Rwanda.

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