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7-Day Hiking, Cycling the Congo-Nile Trail & Chimpanzee Trek in Nyungwe Forest

The Congo Nile Trail is the best way to explore some of the best attractions of Rwanda especially Lake Kivu and Nyungwe Forest where reside the Chimpanzees.

The tour also allows you to explore the hidden gems of the country side especially the green hills, the tea plantations, farming villages, small markets, bee-keeping cooperatives, coffee washing stations and fishing communities.

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7 days


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • 6x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Private transportation
    • Permits (Parks, Museums)
    • Entry/Admission - Nyamyumba Hot Springs
    • Entry/Admission - Kinunu Base Camp
    • Entry/Admission - Bisesero Genocide Memorial
    • Entry/Admission - Nyungwe National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Exploring Nyanza culture and history
    What's excluded :
    • Alcoholic beverages (beer, spirits, wine)
    • Rain jackets & swim suits

  • Day 1: Transfer to Lake Kivu and Gisenyi City Tour

    Stop At: Gisenyi, Gisenyi, Western Province
    Depart from Kigali to Gisenyi, check-in at hotel. After lunch, start exploration of Gisenyi city with visits to Lake Kivu, Congo-border and other attractions.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Gisenyi city
    • Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or restaurant in Gisenyi
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Kivu 3 star hotel

    Day 2: Boat ride, Kayaking or Canoeing on Lake Kivu. Visit the hot springs and enjoy traditional massage therapy.

    Stop At: Nyamyumba Hot Springs, Rubavu Rwanda
    We take a 3 hour short excursion on Lake Kivu by Kayaking or Canoeing. We visit the natural hot springs and get an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and watch the birds that dart in and out of bushes along the shoreline. There is an opportunity to book a traditional massage therapy at the hot springs.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Lunch at restaurant near Lake Kivu
    • Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or restaurant near Lake Kivu
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a Lake Kivu 3 star hotel

    Day 3: Cycling or Boat trip to Kinunu Village. Coffee Plantation Tour

    Stop At: Kinunu Base Camp, Rutsiro, Rwanda
    We begin cycling along the Congo Nile Trail. This is a 4 to 6 hour ride to Kinunu which a small town located about 41 km from Gisenyi. The first day features the steepest elevation climb. We take a lunch break and then visit the Kinunu coffee washing station.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Lunch at Kinunu village
    • Dinner: Dinner in Kinunu town
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Kinunu base camp or 3 star hotel

    Day 4: Cycling or Boat trip to Kibuye.

    Stop At: Kibuye, Kibuye, Western Province
    We continue cycling along the Congo Nile Trail from Kinunu to Kibuye. This is a 50 Km trip and takes about 5 to 8 hours and has the most hills spread out – definitely the most taxing day. There is a possibility to drive or take a boat trip for those not interested in cycling.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Lunch break at Musasa Village with an opportunity to interact with local communities involved in bee-keeping.
    • Dinner: Dinner at a Lake Kivu lodge
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3 star Lake Kivu lodge

    Day 5: Lake Kivu. Boat Trip to Napoleon Island.

    Stop At: Bisesero Genocide Memorial, on the road from Kibuye, Kibuye Rwanda
    After an intensive 2 days of cycling, we take a break and relax in Kibuye which is undeniably the most beautiful spot in Rwanda. We take a morning boat trip to Napoleon islands and spend the hike a small hill to see the flying bats. We then swim before heading back to the hotel for lunch. We explore the Bisesero genocide memorial in the afternoon.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3 star Lake Kivu lodge in Kibuye

    Day 6: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest. Hiking and Canope Walk

    Stop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare Rwanda
    Nyungwe forest provides many trails from chimpanzee tracking, tropical waterfall, birds watching and Colobus monkeys.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking, Cultural Tour in Royal city of Nyanza. Transfer to Kigali

    Stop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare Rwanda
    We start our chimpanzee tracking between 6 and 7am and this trail last about 3 to 5 hours depending on the location of the primates.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Exploring Nyanza culture and history, Nyanza Rwanda
    We then proceed to Huye for a lunch break before joining the cultural tour in the ancient royal capital of the Kingdom of Rwanda.
    Nyanza is home to the majestic Inyambo cows with long horns. The tour provides an opportunity to learn about the customs and traditions of ancient Rwanda and we get to
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    1: Yambi Guesthouse, KK 722 Street, Gikondo - Rebero opposite Rujugiro House, Kigali, Rwanda
    2: Hôtel des Mille Collines, 2 KN 6 Ave, Kigali, Rwanda
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kigali Intl. Airport, Kigali Rwanda
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Organised by YAMBI Tours & Adventures

Activity ID: V-162633P15

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