Lake Kivu – Gishwati Trail 5 day Tour

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Kivu-Gishwati Trail is a package experience that allows our visitors to get the authentic experience of the rural areas surrounding the Kivu Lake and Gishwati-Mukura National Park and their community lifestyles such as: Hiking, boating, driving, coffee tour and traditionally prepared coffee, tea tour and traditionally prepared tea tasting, traditional cultural songs and dances, Art works, Gishwati forest view, cow milking and other related activities. 

Package Price

  • Groups 1-4: 1570 USD
  • Groups 5+: 970 USD

N.B. Negotiations are possible

Departure Location

Bralirwa (Google Map)

Departure Time

8 am

Price Includes

  • Packed Lunch
  • Dinner
  • A bottle of water
  • A cup of traditionally prepared tea and coffee
  • Professional tour Guide fee
  • Transport (from and to Gisenyi including a car to help those who can get tired or any problem during hiking)
  • In house accommodation and camping
  • All hiking attractions
  • Community activities
  • Breakfast
  • Porter fee

Price

  • Day 1: 380USD
  • Day2: 135 USD
  • Day3: 385 USD
  • Day4: 335 USD
  • Day5: 330 USD

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Kivu-Gishwati Trail is a package experience that allows our visitors to get the authentic experience of the rural areas surrounding the Kivu Lake and Gishwati-Mukura National Park and their community lifestyles such as: Hiking, boating, driving, coffee tour and traditionally prepared coffee, tea tour and traditionally prepared tea tasting, traditional cultural songs and dances, Art works, Gishwati forest view, cow milking and other related activities. 

Itinerary

Day 1Hiking the Congo Nile Trail Stage 1, 18 Kms

 8:00 Briefing (at Gisenyi, close to BRALIRWA)
8:15 -12:30 Start hiking the Congo Nile Trail (CNT) going through amazing landscapes composed by small villages, small hills, local shops, valleys, by also going along coasts of lake Kivu, past banana trees and coffee plantations.
12:30-13:30 Stop-over at Umwakira Kivu Coffee, Rwinyoni Cell, Kivumu Sector and Local food lunch
13:30-15: 30 Traditionally prepared coffee experience (learn the entire process of coffee making from seed, finished product and taste). Receive the traditionally prepared coffee souvenirs
15:30-16:30 From Rwinyoni to Cyimbiri and overnight accommodation at Cyimbiri Guest House including meals and drinks (soft).

Day 2Boating on the Lake Kivu, Stage 2

 8:30-10:30 Boat to Rugamba for Beekeeping
10:30-11:00 Boat to Bugarura island,
11:00-12:30 Bugarura village walk and experience Bugarura Island community diversity culture (Rwando-Congolese lifestyles),
13: 00 – 14:00 Lunch at Rushel Resort,
14: 00 – 17: 00 Relax, Swim and take a sunbathe at Kinunu Beach
18: 00- 21:00 A night fishing experience
21:30 Dinner and overnight accommodation at Rushel.

Day 3Driving and Hiking, STAGE 3 (26 kms )

 8:30-9:30 Driving from Rushel to Gishwati Community Heritage (GHC)
9:30-11:00 Benimana Hill Tea trail (Storytelling: Benimana story) and traditionally prepared tea tasting at Nteko community known as Gishwati Community Heritage. Traditional songs and dances by GCH, arts and handcrafts
11:00-11:30 Gishwati-Mukura National Park Head Quarter and information center.
11:30-16:30 Gishwati Riverside trail hiking (Storytelling: Riverside story and commentaries on Gishwati forest, villages, cows’ farms, valleys, hills, rivers). Camping at Bitenga Base camp
18:00 Rwandan traditional evening (Storytelling): The Rwandan flute story and performing arts and Dinner

Day 4Stage 4 Hiking

 7:30 View Gishwati farms
9:00-9:30 Cow milking experience
10:00-11:30 Golden monkey tracking at Gikungu forest reserve
12:00-13:00 Hot spring experience and lunch
13:00-15:00 Walk from hot springs, pass by Sebeya river bridge (canopy), and end by historically marginalized (indigenous) people cultural entertainment
15:10 Debriefing and departure

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