The Congo Nile Trail is a trail along Lake Kivu that extends from Rubavu, continues through Rutsiro via the Karongi, Nyamasheke districts and ends at Rusizi District. 227 km (141 miles) of beautiful landscapes, including rolling hills and clear water. The entire trek can be completed in a 10- day hike. However, the trip can be done in sections if travelers do not have the time to complete the entire trail. Trails give stunning views of the Lake Kivu coastline and offer adventurous travelers an exciting way to discover Rwanda.
Day 1: Kigali City tour
On arrival at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, you will be received by one of our tour guide who will transfer you to the hotel. Have a briefing about your tour in the country of thousand hills.
Day 2: Kigali – Rubavu
Have Breakfast at the Hotel; Pick up from your Kigali hotel Take up a City Tour of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial site a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. In the afternoon drive to Rubavu, around the Kivu Lake. Overnight in Soeurs Benedictrides Guest House Drive to Rubavu city , the city lies on the eastern shore of Lake Kivu, Lake Kivu is the largest of all lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda, arriving in Rubavu city, you go to your hotel, in the afternoon you do Rubavu city tour.
Day 3: Gisenyi – Rwinyoni ( Kimbiri )
After an early breakfast at our hotel and pre departure briefing by your guide and direct you to the trail start point for the beginning of an incredible 4 days of adventure, you will make your first trip overland to the village of Rwinyoni, northwest of Lake Kivu. From here you can enjoy the sun amazing on the lake shore. Reaches Kimbiri we will make small walk to the village to discover the surroundings of this village.
Day 4: Rwinyoni - Kinunu
This morning, you can walk two hours to get to the famous village of fishermen Nkora. From this point, you can enjoy the view of the surroundings, fishermen returning from the tradition fishing in the night, children playing in the lake. The trail then leads to the tea plantations and banana, arrive at our accommodation at 1:00 pm. After lunch we will do a guided tour at the Kinunu washing station for your first coffee experience. Overnight in Kinunu at The Senators Guest house
Day 5: Kinunu - Congo Nile via Musasa
Today you will walk for 8 hours along Lake Kivu, interaction with the local community, enjoy the surrounding views and banana plantations, and visit the well-known Kinunu Catholic Church. Follow the trail of the coffee washing station in the village of Bwimana Musasa, stopping to picnic by the lake. At 17:00, a 4 * 4 vehicle will join you to transfer you to a Night at Congo Nile.
Day 6: Congo Nile to Rubengera junction
That day you will wake up early because you will have at least a minimum of 7 hours of walking to get to the junction Rubengera, following the track between fields of the community and climb the trail to the main road to Rubengera. At the junction asphalt Rubengera the best idea is to reach the city center of Kibuye. We go to Kibuye with public transportation. This day is the end of 4 days walking and hikings. Overnight at Hotel Bethany.
Day 7: Kibuye – Nyungwe
After Breakfast, We will drive you to Nyungwe and do the canopy walk in Nyungwe NP.
Day 8: Chimpanzee and Waterfall
Early in the morning we will go to trek chimpanzee in the jungle after lunch go for waterfall hiking and later back to your guest house.
Day 9: Departure to Kigali
In the morning after the breakfast return back to Kigali , visit the Ethnographic museum in Butare on your way to Kigali.