Yoga Adventure Rwanda
explore the “land of a thousand hills.”
June 25 - July 5, 2019
Join Souljourn Yoga founder Jordan Ashley, and yoga teacher/reiki master Joanne Silver, for the adventure of a lifetime as we explore the rich and diverse country of Rwanda, the “land of a thousand hills.” We’ll experience a full cultural immersion on this 10 night/11 day journey, from a game drive in Akagera National Park and chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park, to hiking in Volcanoes National Park and boat riding on Lake Kivu. We’ll also be diving into the local culture (visiting different markets and art galleries) and a women's collective in Kigali.
Give back to yourself on this trip, while giving to others and supporting the girls of Komera, whose aim is to build self-confident young women through education, community and sport. In Rwanda, “komera” means “be strong, have courage”. We’ll have the chance to spend the day with these strong young women and see first hand how your support can make a true impact. Join us for this life changing and magical experience! New York Times included Rwanda in their 52 Places to Visit 2018 article.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali
Welcome to Rwanda! You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the Heaven Boutique Hotel. You’ll have the afternoon to settle in after your long journey. Relax, explore, and we will start our journey off with a welcome dinner.
Overnight at the Heaven Boutique Hotel.
Day 2: Kigali City Tour
Today we shall wake up with an invigorating yoga practice followed a tour of Kigali City and visit among other places the women's cooperative & local markets, art galleries (e.g. Inema). Return back to Heaven Boutique Hotel to rest and relax before getting ready for our big night on the town with expat and local favorite dinner spot, Pili-Pili.
Over night at Heaven Boutique Hotel.
Day 3: Kigali to Akagera National Park
An early breakfast will be followed by a tour of the renowned Genocide Museum. After lunch, we will drive to the east of the country to Akagera National Park, known as the “gem of Rwanda”, where we’ll check into the Ruzizi Tented Lodge, a luxury tented village on the edge of the beautiful Lake Ihema. Late afternoon, we’ll take a “boat safari” on the lake to see hippos, crocodiles and water birds.
Group dinner and overnight at Ruzizi Tented Lodge.
Day 4: Day with Komera
Yoga and breakfast will be followed by a day spent with the young women ofKomera. We will return to the park in the afternoon for lunch and leisure.
Optional Today we can do a night game to look out for some of the animals especially the elusive nocturnal.Group dinner and overnight at the Ruzizi Tented Lodge.
Day 5: Akagera National Park to Kigali
After an early breakfast, we’ll depart for a 4-6 hour game drive. Our safari will take us through the beautiful landscape of the park, with the possibility of seeing antelopes, spotted hyenas, zebras, buffaloes and giraffes! After driving to Kigali, we will practice yoga, followed by dinner.
Overnight at Heaven Boutique Hotel.
Day 6: Reconciliation Village + Lake Kivu
Rise and shine with an early breakfast and we will leave for Mboyo Village (a reconciliation village where perpetrators and survivors of the genocide live together) in Bugera for a community tour. We shall continue to Huye for lunch and thereafter continue to Cyangugu/Lake Kivu for enchanting yoga class overlooking the water and dinner by candlelight.
Dinner and overnight at Emeraude Kivu Resort.
Day 7: Chimpanzee Trek + Canopy Walk
Today we shall set out to explore Nyungwe Forest National Park. We shall do the Chimpanzee trek in the morning and the thrilling Canopy walk in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at Emeraude Kivu Resort.
Day 8: Lake Vivu to Volcanoes National Park
Wake up to the singing ritual of the local fisherman spreading their nets in Lake Kivu. After yoga and breakfast we’ll take a boat ride along the most scenic parts of the lake, learning about the different islands and traditions attached to them. Lunch at Kibuye/Karongi, before driving to Volcanoes National Park, located in the north of Rwanda.
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Solutions Lodge.
Day 9: Volcanoes National Park
We shall report to the Volcanoes National Park office at 7am to meet the park guides and set out for Golden monkeys trek. In the afternoon we shall go do the thrilling Canoe Ride on Mukungwa River in the foothills of the volcanoes. On our trip we’ll explore the lush countryside and local communities.
Yoga, dinner and overnight at the Gorilla Solutions Lodge.
Day 10: Gorilla Trek + Dian Fossey Hike
After an early breakfast, today offers the opportunity for two wonderful experiences:
Gorilla trekking. You’ll have the opportunity of a lifetime today, tracking a family of gorillas. Depending where the gorilla families are, this hike can be arduous, but the experience of being up close to these magnificent animals is well worth it. Additional cost: $1500 (the Rwandan government sets the price of gorilla permits. There are a limited number issued for any given day. If you are planning on going gorilla trekking, please buy your permit as soon as you sign up for the retreat!).
Dian Fossey Hike Additional cost: $75. We will hike through the rainforest along the Dian Fossey tomb trail. We’ll learn about her amazing work in protecting gorillas, as well as seeing a variety of primates and bird species.
Dinner and overnight at the Gorilla Solutions Lodge.
Day 11: Departure Day
After yoga and breakfast, we’ll depart for the airport for our return flights. Safe travels!
*** Please note that we ask you to keep and open mind and a “go with the flow” attitude as we will be in a different country and things sometimes can get delayed or adjusted due to circumstances out of our control. So, embrace the spirit of adventure and enjoy your epic journey that awaits you!
MEET YOUR GUIDES
Price: Shared: $3680 | Single: $4295
All meals + Accomodations
Airport pick up/drop off
$300 donation tax-deductible donation to Komera
All activities* Unless otherwise noted
Gorilla Trekking Permit - $1500 and must be obtained in advance
Dian Fossey Trek - $75
Visa upon arrival - $30
Travel Insurance (Mandatory)