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Availability : The Congo Nile Trail hiking only: 1,770 USD (Withouth transport from Kigali to Gisenyi)
Rubavu/Gisenyi
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The Congo Nile Trail hiking only without Transport from Kigali To Gisenyi

Without Transports From Kigali to Gisenyi
$$1770 / PERSON
  • 12 accommodations
  • 12 dinners
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Drinking water
  • Boat transport Guiding fee
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Hiking including transport from Kigali and accommodation in Rubavu

Hiking including transport from Kigali and accommodation in Rubavu We'll also take care of your accommodation in Rubavu so you can relax and enjoy your time after the hike. It's a great way to explore the natural beauty of Rwanda and experience the stunning landscapes firsthand. Let me know if you would like to proceed with booking this hiking adventure!
$2010/ PERSON
  • 12 accommodations
  • 12 dinners
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Drinking water
  • Boat transport
  • Guiding fee
  • Transport from Kigali
  • Accommodation in Rubavu
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Discover the breathtaking beauty and vibrant culture of Rwanda with our unforgettable 11-day hiking expedition along the Congo Nile Trail. This unique journey offers an immersive experience through picturesque landscapes, local villages, and the stunning shores of Lake Kivu. Whether you’re an avid hiker, nature enthusiast, or cultural explorer, this trail promises an adventure of a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location

You will leave Rubavu/Gisenyi , that leads to past Rwanda’s biggest brewery.

Departure Time

7:00 am

Price Includes

  • 12 accommodations
  • 12 dinners
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Drinking water
  • Boat transport
  • Guiding fee
  • Transport from Kigali
  • Accommodation in Rubavu

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Rain Coat
What to Expect

Join us for an exhilarating journey where each day unfolds new stories and memories. Book your tour today and embark on a path less traveled, filled with natural wonders and rich cultural heritage. Let the Congo Nile Trail be the adventure you’ll never forget!

  • Spectacular Scenery
  • Cultural Encounters
  • Unique Experiences
  • Comfortable Accommodations
Itinerary

Day 1DAY 1 (Rubavu/Gisenyi — Cyimbiri)

You will leave Rubavu/Gisenyi , that leads to past Rwanda’s biggest brewery. That will be the end of modern developed road and the beginning of real lake village life. The route will keep you on the lakeshore the whole day, and you will be running into many fishing boats parked lakeside awaiting their night duties. The first Congo Nile Trail base camp is a church-built guesthouse on the sand beach of Cyimbiri.
• base camp location: Cyimbiri
• distance from Rubavu/Gisenyi: 18 km
• special attractions: traditional healing and dancing
• unique transport solutions: public boat back to Rubavu/Gisenyi

Day 2DAY 2 (Cyimbiri — Kinunu)

With a series of islands on your right you will continue hiking on the shores of Lake Kivu. In the fishing village of Nkora, boats are being repaired using scrap materials, but more importantly for the Congo Nile Trail folks. You’ll pass a small fishing market, Maziba, and continue through some coffee plantations on the path to the second base camp in Kinunu. This is where one can see the whole process of coffee growing, from seedlings to processing. You can, of course, also taste the product and buy yourselves some packaged coffee.
• base camp location: Kinunu
• distance from Cyimbiri: 14 km
• special attractions: bee keeping in Rugamba (on the way to Kinunu), one of the few populated islands nearby, Bugarura
• unique transport solutions: public boat back to Rubavu/Gisenyi

Day 3DAY 3 (Kinunu — Bumba)

A long day, and your last lakeshore fun! You will cross River Koko where big boats from Rusizi collect sand for the cement factories at the southern tip of Lake Kivu. Bumba is another basic place but the stupendous views are something else! You will be able to admire the the bay of Kibuye/Karongi, and plot new adventures as this one is about to end …
• base camp location: Bumba
• distance from Kinunu: 27 km
• special attractions: undulating hilly countryside and nice views of the lake Kivu

Day 4DAY 4 (Bumba — Karongi/Kibuye)

After breakfast hiker can walk to Karongi town or opt for a motorboat ride straight to the town of Karongi.
• base camp location: Karongi/Kibuye
• distance from Bumba: 17 km
• special attractions: the only Museum of the Environment in Africa, motorboat trips to several islands
• unique transport solutions: a hub, regular public transport to any direction.

Day 5DAY 5: Break day in Kibuye town

After several days of exhilarating hiking along the Congo Nile Trail, Day 5 offers a well-deserved break in the charming town of Kibuye (also known as Karongi). This day is designed for rest, relaxation, and exploration at your own pace, allowing you to recharge and soak in the beauty of your surroundings.

What to Expect:

  • Relaxation and Leisure: Enjoy a leisurely day in one of Rwanda’s most picturesque lakeside towns. Kibuye is known for its tranquil environment and stunning views of Lake Kivu. Take this opportunity to rest and rejuvenate after four days of hiking.

 

DAY6DAY 6 (Karongi/Kibuye — Mugonero)

After a restful break in Kibuye, Day 6 marks the continuation of your adventure along the Congo Nile Trail, heading towards Mugonero. This leg of the journey takes you through picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and past natural wonders, offering a rich tapestry of experiences.

Itinerary Details:

  • Starting Point: Karongi/Kibuye
  • Ending Point: Mugonero
  • Distance: 21 km
  • Estimated Time: 5-6 hours
  • Terrain: Dirt road, village paths, gentle ascents

Route Highlights:

  • Mt. Karongi: As you leave the streets of Kibuye, you’ll walk under the shadow of Mt. Karongi, enjoying the fresh mountain air and beautiful views.
  • Buhari Waterfall: One of the highlights of the day is the stunning Buhari waterfall. This natural wonder provides a perfect spot for a short rest and some memorable photos.
  • Lake Kivu Views: Throughout the hike, you will be treated to spectacular views of Lake Kivu, with its shimmering waters and the lush, green shoreline.

Cultural and Natural Attractions:

  • Local Villages: Pass through the charming village of Mubuga, where you can observe the daily life of the local community and perhaps interact with the villagers.
  • Agricultural Landscapes: The route offers a glimpse into the agricultural practices of the region, with fields of sorghum and other crops lining the path.

DAYB7DAY 7 HIKING (Mugonero — Karengera)

A Trek Through Hilly Landscapes

On Day 7, your journey continues from Mugonero to Karengera, taking you through the breathtaking hilly landscapes that characterize this part of Rwanda. This day’s hike is filled with stunning views, vibrant rural life, and a challenging but rewarding trek through diverse terrains.

Itinerary Details:

  • Starting Point: Mugonero
  • Ending Point: Karengera
  • Distance: 22 km
  • Estimated Time: 6-7 hours
  • Terrain: Hilly landscape with dirt roads and village paths

Route Highlights:

  • Hilly Terrain: Prepare for a day of ups and downs as you traverse the rolling hills of the region. The varied elevation provides both a physical challenge and spectacular panoramic views.
  • Rice Plantations: One of the scenic highlights is crossing through lush rice plantations. This segment offers a glimpse into the agricultural practices that sustain the local economy and provides a unique backdrop for your hike.
  • Village Life: As you pass through several small villages, you’ll have the opportunity to observe and perhaps interact with local residents, gaining insight into their daily lives and traditions.

Cultural and Natural Attractions:

  • Nyungwe National Park View: On clear days, you might catch a distant view of Nyungwe National Park, one of Rwanda’s most important conservation areas known for its biodiversity.
  • Local Flora and Fauna: The route is rich with the region’s flora and fauna, providing ample opportunities for nature enthusiasts to appreciate the local ecosystem.

Tips for the Day:

  • Pace Yourself: Given the hilly terrain, it’s important to pace yourself and take breaks as needed. The hike can be demanding, so listen to your body and rest when necessary.
  • Stay Hydrated and Energized: Carry sufficient water and snacks to keep your energy levels up throughout the hike.
  • Capture the Moments: Bring a camera or smartphone to capture the stunning landscapes and memorable moments along the trail.

Day 7 of the Congo Nile Trail promises an enriching experience filled with natural beauty, cultural insights, and the satisfaction of tackling a challenging hike. Embrace the journey from Mugonero to Karengera and create lasting memories of your adventure in Rwanda.

DAY 8Day 8: Karengera to Kumbya

A Scenic Descent to Kumbya Bay

Day 8 offers a refreshing change of pace with a predominantly downhill hike from Karengera to the serene Kumbya Bay. This leg of the journey is designed to be more relaxed, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you descend towards Lake Kivu. The day’s hike takes you through picturesque village paths and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Itinerary Details:

  • Starting Point: Karengera
  • Ending Point: Kumbya
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Estimated Time: 4-5 hours
  • Terrain: Downhill paths, village trails

Route Highlights:

  • Easy Descent: The entire route is a gentle descent, making it one of the easier days of the trail. This allows you to enjoy the hike without the strenuous climbs experienced on previous days.
  • Village Paths: As you make your way down, you will follow village paths that provide a close-up view of rural life in Rwanda. The friendly locals and charming village scenes add a unique cultural aspect to your journey.
  • Scenic Views: The route offers continuous views of the rolling hills and Lake Kivu, providing plenty of opportunities for breathtaking photos.

Cultural and Natural Attractions:

  • Lake Kivu: The highlight of the day is reaching Kumbya Bay on the shores of Lake Kivu. The pristine waters and tranquil environment make it a perfect spot for relaxation.
  • Local Flora and Fauna: The descent passes through areas rich in local vegetation and wildlife, offering chances to spot various birds and plants native to the region.

Base Camp Location:

  • Kumbya Bay: Your overnight stay will be at Kumbya Bay, a serene and beautiful location ideal for unwinding after a day of hiking. The base camp here provides comfortable accommodations and a peaceful setting by the lake.
  • Special Attractions:
    • Views of Lake Kivu: Enjoy the stunning lakeside views and perhaps take a dip in the clear waters of Lake Kivu.
    • Hilly Countryside: The surrounding hills create a picturesque backdrop, perfect for evening walks or quiet reflection.

Unique Transport Solutions:

  • Walking Distance to Public Transport: Kumbya Bay is within walking distance of public transport, making it convenient for any additional travel needs.

Tips for the Day:

  • Take it Easy: Since the day’s hike is easier, take your time to enjoy the scenery and interact with locals along the way.
  • Stay Hydrated: Even though the hike is less strenuous, it’s still important to stay hydrated. Carry enough water for the day.
  • Capture the Beauty: Bring your camera to capture the beautiful descent and the stunning views of Lake Kivu and the surrounding hills.

Day 8 of the Congo Nile Trail offers a perfect blend of ease and beauty, providing a relaxing yet enriching experience as you descend towards the tranquil Kumbya Bay. Enjoy the serenity of the lake, the friendliness of the local villages, and the stunning natural scenery that makes this part of Rwanda so special.

Day 9Kumbya to Nyamasheke

Exploring Riverside Trails and Local Markets

On Day 9, your journey continues from the peaceful Kumbya Bay to the vibrant district of Nyamasheke. This leg of the Congo Nile Trail offers a mix of natural beauty and cultural experiences, with riverside trails, local markets, and the opportunity to explore a unique swamp ecosystem.

Itinerary Details:

  • Starting Point: Kumbya
  • Ending Point: Nyamasheke
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Estimated Time: 5-6 hours
  • Terrain: Village paths, riverside trails

Route Highlights:

  • Riverside Trails: Follow the flow of the Karundura River, one of the significant rivers feeding into Lake Kivu. The trail offers scenic views of the river and surrounding landscapes.
  • Local Market at Tyazo Village: Pass through Tyazo village, where you can visit a bustling local market. This is a great opportunity to experience local culture, sample fresh fruits, and interact with the villagers.
  • Kamiranzovu Swamp: Explore the edge of the Kamiranzovu Swamp, a unique wetland area known for its rich biodiversity. This part of the hike offers a chance to see various plant species and possibly spot some wildlife.

Cultural and Natural Attractions:

  • Pottery: Nyamasheke is known for its traditional pottery. As you approach the district, you may see local artisans at work, providing insight into this important cultural craft.
  • Rural Life: The hike takes you through rural areas where you can observe daily life in the Rwandan countryside. The route is dotted with small farms and traditional homes.

Base Camp Location:

  • Nyamasheke: Your destination for the day is the Ishara Beach Motel in the heart of Nyamasheke district. This centrally located accommodation offers comfort and convenience, allowing you to relax after a day of hiking.
  • Special Attractions:
    • Central Location: The motel’s central location makes it easy to explore the district and its attractions.
    • Lake Kivu Views: Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Kivu from your accommodation, providing a serene end to your day.

Unique Transport Solutions:

  • Walking Distance to Public Transport: Nyamasheke is well-connected by public transport, making it easy to plan any additional travel or excursions.

Tips for the Day:

  • Engage with Locals: Take time to interact with the locals at the Tyazo market and learn about their way of life.
  • Enjoy the Scenery: The riverside trails and views of the Karundura River provide numerous photo opportunities. Bring a camera to capture the beauty of the landscape.
  • Stay Hydrated and Snack: Carry enough water and some snacks, especially if you plan to explore the market and swamp area extensively.

Day 9 of the Congo Nile Trail combines natural beauty with cultural immersion, offering a rich and varied experience as you hike from Kumbya to Nyamasheke. Embrace the local culture, enjoy the scenic riverside trails, and unwind in the welcoming atmosphere of Nyamasheke.

DAY 10Day 10: Nyamasheke to Kamembe

Final Stretch to Kamembe

Day 10 takes you on the final leg of your Congo Nile Trail adventure, from Nyamasheke to Kamembe. This day offers a blend of cultural experiences, scenic views, and the satisfaction of completing the trail.

Itinerary Details:

  • Starting Point: Nyamasheke
  • Ending Point: Kamembe
  • Distance: 24 km
  • Estimated Time: 6-7 hours
  • Terrain: Village paths, rolling hills, dirt roads

Route Highlights:

  • Nyungwe Forest Edge: As you leave Nyamasheke, you’ll skirt the edges of the famous Nyungwe Forest. This part of the hike provides glimpses of the lush rainforest and its diverse ecosystem.
  • Rolling Hills: The terrain features gentle ascents and descents through Rwanda’s iconic rolling hills, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the countryside.
  • Local Villages: Pass through several small villages where you can observe and interact with the local communities, gaining further insight into rural Rwandan life.

Cultural and Natural Attractions:

  • Coffee Plantations: As you approach Kamembe, you’ll pass through areas known for their coffee plantations. Take the opportunity to learn about the coffee-growing process and perhaps taste some fresh Rwandan coffee.
  • Scenic Views of Lake Kivu: The route offers beautiful vistas of Lake Kivu, providing perfect photo opportunities and moments of reflection as you near the end of your journey.

Base Camp Location:

  • Kamembe: Your final destination is Kamembe, a vibrant town on the shores of Lake Kivu. You will stay at a comfortable hotel, offering a well-deserved rest after your extensive hike.
  • Special Attractions:
    • Riverside Market: Explore the bustling riverside market in Kamembe, where you can buy local crafts, fresh produce, and souvenirs.
    • Rusizi River: Enjoy views of the Rusizi River, which forms the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Unique Transport Solutions:

  • Accessibility: Kamembe is a major transport hub with easy access to public transport, making it convenient for onward travel or returning to Kigali.

Tips for the Day:

  • Pace Yourself: The longest day of hiking requires pacing yourself to enjoy the journey without overexerting.
  • Stay Hydrated: Ensure you have plenty of water, especially as you cover more distance.
  • Enjoy the Journey: Reflect on your journey, take in the final scenic views, and capture the memories with photos.

DAY 11Day 11: Shangi to Rusizi

The Final Trek to Rusizi

Day 11 marks the culmination of your incredible journey along the Congo Nile Trail, as you hike from Shangi to Rusizi. This final stretch combines scenic beauty with a sense of accomplishment, as you reach the end of the trail.

Itinerary Details:

  • Starting Point: Shangi
  • Ending Point: Rusizi
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Estimated Time: 5-6 hours
  • Terrain: Mixed terrain with gentle descents, village paths, and dirt roads

Route Highlights:

  • Peaceful Rural Paths: The trail takes you through peaceful rural areas, offering a tranquil environment to reflect on your journey.
  • Lake Kivu Views: Enjoy the stunning views of Lake Kivu as you make your way towards Rusizi. The lake’s serene waters provide a perfect backdrop for the final leg of your hike.
  • Local Villages: Pass through several villages where you can observe the daily lives of the local people and appreciate the rich culture of the region.

Cultural and Natural Attractions:

  • Rusizi River: As you approach Rusizi, you will be near the Rusizi River, a significant waterway that marks the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The river is a vital part of the local ecosystem and offers picturesque views.
  • Traditional Crafts: Look out for local artisans crafting traditional Rwandan items, which make for unique and meaningful souvenirs.

Base Camp Location:

  • Rusizi: Your journey concludes in Rusizi, a bustling town that serves as a gateway to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Your accommodation will provide a comfortable resting place where you can celebrate the completion of the Congo Nile Trail.
  • Special Attractions:
    • Rusizi National Park: If you have some extra time, consider visiting the nearby Rusizi National Park to explore its wildlife and scenic landscapes.
    • Local Cuisine: Enjoy a celebratory meal at one of the local restaurants, sampling traditional Rwandan dishes and reflecting on your journey.

Unique Transport Solutions:

  • Accessibility: Rusizi is a major transport hub with easy access to public transport, making it convenient for onward travel to other destinations or returning to Kigali.

Tips for the Day:

  • Reflect on Your Journey: Take time to reflect on the experiences and memories you’ve made along the Congo Nile Trail.
  • Stay Hydrated and Energized: Ensure you have enough water and snacks to keep your energy levels up for the final hike.
  • Capture the Moment: Bring a camera or smartphone to capture the final leg of your journey and the beautiful views of Lake Kivu and the Rusizi River.

Celebrating Your Achievement

Completing the Congo Nile Trail is a significant accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated. Take in the beautiful scenery of Rusizi, enjoy a well-deserved rest, and cherish the memories of this incredible adventure.

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