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Upcountry Active Trip 🇷🇼

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Duration

3 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

NEWS: Don’t miss the promotional discount of 10% for any bookings made in December 2020. The listed price applies when we have 5 participants or more.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • try out the Lake Burera Active Cruise
  • cycle (or be driven) to the remarkable Imbabazi
  • get a taste of the Congo Nile Trail
  • relax on the Lake Kivu shore
  • walk above Nyungwe National Park

Itinerary

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DAY 1 (UNTIL LUNCH): KIGALI - LAKE BURERA
DAY 1 (UNTIL LUNCH): KIGALI - LAKE BURERA

7am: We will drive you from Kigali to Lake Burera under the Virunga volcanoes, passing through the town of Musanze.

10am: Close to the Ntaruka power plant, a motorboat will be parked for you to allow you to explore three of the six islands of Lake Burera. On Birwa I, the first among them, you will climb to the primary school perched above. A cultural troupe of pupils will meet you dancing and there will be stories to listen to and colourful baskets to spend your francs on — this may well be the deal of the tour!

1pm: On Munanira Island local fishermen will have cooked lunch for you, their daily catch mixed with staple foods and vegetables. (If their current location is elsewhere, the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly.)

DAY 1 (AFTER LUNCH): LAKE BURERA - KINIGI
DAY 1 (AFTER LUNCH): LAKE BURERA - KINIGI

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: The motorboat journey will proceeds northwards, to the mountain of Mweru under which famous kings reportedly walked on water and played table games. After a short but intense climb and a 30-minute lakeshore hike you will reach the village of Gitare. You will hear about the mining history of this area, see the tomb of the man who started it, and finally touch the magical tree that helps women ... you will see!

5pm: You will be picked by our vehicle and taken even closer to the volcanoes, to Kinigi where Villa Gorilla will be your home for the night.

DAY 2 (UNTIL LUNCH): KINIGI - IMBABAZI
DAY 2 (UNTIL LUNCH): KINIGI - IMBABAZI

7am: You will jump on a mountain bike (alternative transport solutions will be available if you don’t fancy cycling) and use the wide dirt road near the border of the national park to travel in the direction of Gisenyi (Rubavu).

12pm: Your lunch will be at the Imbabazi Center of Hope in Mugongo. The lush farm compound next to Imbabazi used to be the home of Rosamond Carr (1912-2006), the author of “Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda” and a former fashion illustrator who spent half a century in Africa. After the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis she established an orphanage for over a hundred children. You will get an opportunity to tour the premises and hear the whole story.

DAY 2 (AFTER LUNCH): IMBABAZI - KIBUYE (KARONGI)
DAY 2 (AFTER LUNCH): IMBABAZI - KIBUYE (KARONGI)

1pm: Our car will drive you towards Karongi. A section of this trip you can do by foot, on the world-famous Congo Nile Trail that offers fantastic views of Lake Kivu.

5:30pm: Moriah Hill Resort will await you in Kibuye, a place perfect for peaceful relaxation after a physically demanding day. Your dinner will be served in its restaurant.

DAY 3 (UNTIL LUNCH): KIBUYE (KARONGI) - NYUNGWE NP
DAY 3 (UNTIL LUNCH): KIBUYE (KARONGI) - NYUNGWE NP

7am: After breakfast you will proceed to the rainforest of Nyungwe National Park, known for its primates and the only canopy walk in this part of Africa.

11am: This is the starting time for the 160-metre walk above the canopies of fascinating trees. If you are lucky, monkeys and other wildlife will check on you on the way.

1pm: Your lunch will be in the form of a delightful rainforest picnic.

DAY 3 (AFTER LUNCH): NYUNGWE NP - KIGALI
DAY 3 (AFTER LUNCH): NYUNGWE NP - KIGALI

2pm: Through the glory of Nyungwe you will slowly but surely make it back to Kigali...

6pm: Welcome back home!

Included/Excluded

  • all activities and fees
  • accommodation & meals
  • transport
  • professional guidance
  • drinks
  • canopy walk surcharge for non-nationals

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