Rwanda Local Travel Experts

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Meet the local travel experts who create your personal, tailor-made trip to Rwanda

Local Expert
Inge

As a resident of Tanzania, I use my first-hand experience to take care of your travel plans down to the smallest detail. When adventure beckoned 12 years ago, I exchanged my native home, the Netherlands, for exotic Cambodia. After working in the business sector for 8 years, adventure called once again, this time summoning me to Tanzania. In my spare time, I am busy exploring East Africa with a camera in hand. I love sharing the beauty of my host country and region with enthusiastic travellers.

Our tour operator is a multi-country business with local offices all across East and Southern Africa. This allows us to set direct, local contracts with different providers: safari lodges, transportation and hotels, we receive direct rates that we’re able to pass straight on to you. Our focus lies on providing truly authentic safari tours. We’re proud to offer unlimited game drives during your safari stays, head out early in the morning and then again early noon or late afternoon. We want you to be able to see as much wildlife as possible during your trip.

Our tours are most suited to those looking to discover the unique wildlife and culture in East Africa, with a focus on privately guided tours. 

Local Expert
Kellen

Living in Kenya, I believe it is so easy to convince travelers of East Africa: beautiful all year round weather, rich culture, friendly people, wildlife, Sunday beaches, beautiful landscape  … and the list goes on and on. I am a specialist in planning safaries and travel experiences,  particularly those promoting sustainable tourism. I am also well-travelled both locally and internationally and this makes it easier to understand different cultures and needs. 

Our travel agency operates in many countries in East Africa, as well as Madagascar. We have local operations on the ground and also a 24/7 emergency phone number for all travelers in case of any incidents. We believe that East Africa is a diamond in the raw and we’re enthusiastic about sharing this gem with the world. We offer high-end safaris as well as personalized cultural tours. Multi-country itineraries are possible and our highlight trips include close up wildlife encounters in Uganda and Kenya. 

Our tours are best suited to those looking for a safari & cultural experiences with everything taken care of for them. 

Reviews for tailor-made trips to Rwanda

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12/26/2018
All was excellent. Guide Eddy made our tour fantastic.
Unforgettable Safari
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8/16/2018
We simply cannot say enough great things about our safari. It was perfect. From the planning right through to the end it was the most amazing experience.
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4/1/2019
We experienced a great 9 days adventure in Rwanda and Tanzania which was very well organized by Inge. Hotels, lodges, food were just perfect. A special thanks to Moody our driver & guide in Tanzania for his kindness and assistance.
Gorillas & Big 5
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3/7/2020
Our trip to Rwanda and Tanzania this spring was everything we imagined it would be and still wildly exceeded every expectation. We booked our trip through Inge only a month prior to leaving and with her help were able to curate every part of the trip to our liking. She was communicative throughout, answering every question we had before we left and during our time there. Our trip started in Rwanda for several days with our amazing guide, Paul. The highlight of the trip was without a doubt the 6 hour hike through the brush in Volcanoes National Park to spend time observing a large family of gorillas. We returned to the capital city, Kigali to spend time learning more about the culture and history that makes Rwanda so unique. Paul made our time extremely special and personal, educating us on everything from Rwandan history, to the environmental and anti-poaching efforts put in place to protect the gorillas there. For the second leg of our trip we flew to Tanzania and were picked up by our guide Loma (short for Lomayani) who immediately had to break some bad news that a flooded river was making it impossible to drive to our first lodge but he and Inge, during the time we were in the sky, had worked out a perfect alternative. Right off the bat we were benefitting from the utmost care and thoughtfulness of Shadows in making sure the trip went perfectly no matter what was thrown our way. During our week-long safari we explored the western corridor, southern and central Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire. Loma made it his mission to make it an unforgettable safari experience for us. His long distance animal spotting was unmatched and because of him we saw countless wildlife including all 5 of the Big 5! We even had one on one time with an elusive leopard because of Loma’s tireless efforts. But his interest and knowledge didn’t stop at just animals. He is also a keen birdwatcher, and by the end of the trip had converted us to novice bird watchers too. We loved our conversations with Loma not only about the wildlife and the parks, but also about local Tanzanian culture. He was our guide, professor, and now lifelong friend. Asante sana Loma! Once again at the end of our trip, we benefited from the superior customer service and caring of Inge, Loma and Shadows as our final day of vacation was cut short due to the corona virus pandemic shutting down flights. Without the support and help of Inge and Loma we would not have kept our sanity while finding alternative flights home but more importantly squeezing every last amazing moment we could out of our trip. We’ll remember our experience with Shadows for a lifetime…and have been dreaming of a return trip ever since we arrived safely back home. We would highly recommend Shadows of Africa, Inge, Paul, and Loma to anyone planning a trip to Rwanda and Tanzania.
Spectacular
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9/24/2018
We really got to be "on vacation" and just take it all in, knowing that you had everything planned and organised.
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6/15/2022
This is our last day in Madagascar and we don't want to leave! Our trip had been amazing! Thank you and your team! The national parks, landscapes, wildlife, guides, accommodations, food , and the people have all been wonderful! We do wish we could re-arranged things to have an extra day at La Mira (and maybe one less at La Reine?) but all in all, a superb trip!
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