Day 1: Kigali City Introduction
Your Rwandan journey begins as you land at Kigali Airport, where our seasoned driver-guide extends a warm welcome. Immerse yourself in Rwanda’s charm during the drive to your Kigali hotel. Here, you’ll have the chance to relax and settle in before a meeting with your guide. This introduction serves as an appetizer, offering insights into the vibrant country you’re about to explore.
Day 2: History & Lakeside Serenity
Rise to a new day of exploration, and after a satisfying breakfast, you’re off to discover Kigali’s poignant history at the Genocide Memorial. This somber yet essential experience underscores Rwanda’s resilience and progress. Following this, your journey continues with a lakeside lunch, soaking in the picturesque views of Lake Kivu. As the day progresses, the road leads to Rubavu, a lakeside city known for its tranquility. You’ll be captivated by the calming waters and a serene atmosphere, setting the tone for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Day 3: Gisenyi to Rwinyoni Trail
The morning is infused with excitement as you receive a pre-trek briefing, preparing you for the adventure ahead. Delight in a dip in the hot springs by Lake Kivu, a natural treasure that adds a touch of relaxation to your trek. As you set forth on the trail to Rwinyoni, your senses are treated to a symphony of sights and sounds. Traverse through tea plantations, engage with local communities, and witness the rhythm of daily life. The journey is as much about the destination as it is about the experiences along the way. Your resting place for the night is Kimbiri Guest House, where comfort and warmth await.
Day 4: From Rwinyoni to Kinunu
Awaken to another day of discovery, and after breakfast, your journey to Kinunu commences. En route, you’ll pass through Nkora village, where you’ll witness the traditional night-fishing techniques practiced by local fishermen. The landscapes transition as you walk, revealing the lush beauty of banana and tea plantations along the shores of Lake Kivu. Upon arriving at Kinunu, a highlight awaits – a tour of the Kinunu coffee washing station. Here, you’ll gain insights into the intricate process that brings your morning cup to life.
Day 5: Kinunu to Congo Nile Trail
Embark on a rewarding 6 to 7-hour trek, connecting with local communities and embracing the rhythm of life along the Congo Nile Trail. The trail concludes with a scenic and picturesque ride to Karongi town, where your experiences along the trail merge with the town’s charm. Your journey comes to a close, and you’ll retire for the night at either Rwiza Village Hotel or Betania Hotel, reflecting on the incredible journey you’ve undertaken.