NEWS: Don’t miss the promotional discount of 30% for any bookings made in December 2020. The listed price applies when we have 5 participants or more.
This is a hiking version of the Lake Burera Easy Cruise. It adds about 1-2 hours of walking and some amazing views.
10am: Our car will collect you from any place in Musanze, soon hitting the road towards Cyanika on the Ugandan border. The extended town suburbs will give way to rural communities, Lake Ruhondo and finally, just after the Ntaruka power plant, its twin Lake Burera — there will be an engine boat awaiting you.
11pm: Safe in life jackets you will cruise to Birwa I island, a 10-minute ride. The biggest of the islands, it hosts a primary school and a settlement atop its steep shores. Your reward for climbing to the village will be lovely vistas and a meeting with a childrens’ cultural troupe, craftmakers and storytellers.
12:30pm: The boat will continue towards Munanira, the island that fishermen often use as their base.
1pm: You will enjoy a real fishermen’s lunch on the island, their fish catch enriched with vegetables and staple foods especially for you. (If their current location is elsewhere, the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly.)
2pm: The third island on your program will be Cyuza. Cyuza’s inhabitants have been moved to the shore by the government to ease service provision, and a private investor has turned it into a paradise for budget travellers. This is a magnificent site for volcano views, and for your bottled refreshment.
3pm: Your journey on the fine lake will proceed northwards, to the base of the mountain of Mweru where kings once walked on water and played table games. A short but intense climb will bring you to one of the best viewpoint of Lake Burera.
4:30pm: Our vehicle will take you towards the village of Gitare. You will hear about the mining history of this area, see the tomb of the man who started it, learn why there was never any genocide here and how people managed to hide, look into Uganda for a moment, and finally touch the magical tree that can help desperate people with ... you will see!
5:30pm: Time to begin your return to Musanze... If you have arranged for a drive to Kigali with us, there is also the option of using the road looping around Lake Burera on the way home.