This 227km Congo Nile Trail that runs along the shores of Lake Kivu gives tourists a clear picture of why Rwanda is called the ‘land of a thousand hills’. The trail offers beautiful views of the Rift Valley escarpment, rolling terraced hills, and green coffee and tea plantations that represent Rwanda’s traditionally rural life and culture. It extends from Rubavu, continues through Rutsiro via the Karongi, Nyamasheke districts and ends at Rusizi district. The Congo- Nile trail is one of the newest developments which was officially opened at the end of 2009; the Congo-Nile trail is actually a tangled network of trails and roads that run from Gisenyi at the north end of Lake Kivu 227 kilometers south to the town of Cyangugu at the southern end of the lake. The landscape between these two familiar points is made up of unending rolling hills and innumerable towns and villages, offering cyclists and trekkers a glimpse of Rwandan rural life rarely experienced by the city dwellers that make up most of Rwanda’s expat community. Bird lovers also enjoy a wonderful diversity of fowl found along the way, including white tailed blue flycatchers, black headed herons and White-breasted cormorants. Apart from the known parks as the main attractions in Rwanda, the Congo Nile trail is fast becoming a favorite experience. The trail takes visitors to the ridges dividing the two great rivers, passing beautiful green valleys, landscapes, rolling hills, marshes and waterfalls which are perfect for more adventurous travelers and an exciting way to discover Rwanda.
What makes it unique to travelers/ visitors?
- Pedaling/ biking an incredibly scenic stretch of trails through primitive dirt roads and paths along Lake Kivu. It can be completed in 5 days with rich views and cultural experiences along the way. However the experience is worth selling to those who crave an off beaten path adventure. This trail appeals to adventure travelers and is a great way to experience Rwanda. The biking trips also include side adventures to other tourist attractions like Nyungwe Forest National Park and Gishwati Mukura Forest Reserve where you can track chimpanzees and colobus monkeys and walk above the trees on a forest canopy walk.
- Being immersed in a culture of subsistence farming and fishing and the sights that go along with it.
- Interacting with curious and friendly locals along the way.
- Spotting primates and other wildlife amongest the thick forests of Nyungwe national park.
- An epic climb through the verdant green tea plantations near Gisovu.
- Hiking: Congo Nile Trail is a true rambler’s paradise, and offers some of the finest hiking to be had anywhere in East and Central Africa. Winding its way along the fringes of the lake through the peaks of Rwanda’s endlessly verdant thousand hills, a through-hike of the Congo Nile Trail is as challenging as it is a rewarding activity.
- Camping: There are eight serviced and well- marked campsites spaced out along the Congo Nile trail as well as basic accommodation and a full range of guest houses in the major towns. Travelers who camp along the trail can also take part in other activities such as bird watching, with guaranteed sightings of species such as fowls, white-headed cormorants and many more. Other activities to enjoy include swimming and relaxing on the Karongi sandy beaches, canoeing to the islands and visiting the waterfalls. This is interesting and the experience is memorable. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries and we will make your dream escape happen!