Destination Kivu Belt

Congo Nile Trail Hike With Traditional Coffee Experience

Congo Nile Trail Hike With Traditional Coffee Experience

Activity Description

This is a hiking experience (mixed with walking and boating) of almost 18 kms done within the first stage of the Congo Nile Trail where the landscape is amazing and changes all the time. Sometimes you go through small villages, local shops, valleys, along coasts of Lake Kivu, past banana trees and coffee plantations etc., and by going up and down you get lucky to access the beautiful view over the Lake Kivu. Furthermore you interact with local people all along the trail. The Hike starts from Rubavu and ends at Umwakira Kivu Coffee, Rwinyoni Village, Kivumu sector, Rutsiro District). At this place, you learn the entire making process from seed to the finished product and you participate in some of the coffee making process activities such as roasting and pounding the coffee beans using traditional wooden mortar and pestle and a clay pot, winnowing and sieving using winnower basket and sieve to get the finished powder of coffee.  Finally, using a largely open clay pot, you can now heat water over a fire and mix your own fresh cup of Rwandan coffee and taste.  After sharing lunch (local food) with the community, its representatives accompany you to the lake shore from which a boat picks you back to the hotel. 

Activity plan summary

  • Briefing (at Gisenyi, close to Bralirwa)
  • Start hiking the CNT going through amazing landscapes composed by small villages, small hills, local shops, valleys by also going along coasts of lake Kivu, past banana trees and coffee plantations;
  • Make the stop-over at Umwakira Kivu Coffee, Rwinyoni Cell, Kivumu Sector, for the traditionally prepared coffee experience (learn the entire process of coffee making from seed , finished product and taste)
  • Receive the traditionally prepared coffee (souvenirs)
  • Relax with a small walk to the lake shore to take a boat for going back
  • Continue the relaxation with Boating tour back to Gisenyi
  • Arrival at the lake Kivu beach
  • De-briefing (at the beach)

About the Organizer

Kivu Belt Village Tours Ltd is a community-based enterprise founded by the native and tourism experts of the Kivu Belt Destination. The enterprise mainly offers historical, traditional and nature tourism activities. Its products and services include agricultural and cattle keeping experiences, cultural experiences, hiking, biking and boating experiences, camping, fishing, bird watching, home stay experience, etc. in the Kivu Belt Destination.

To be different from others, Kivu belt Village tours, ensures that its tours and experiences are:

  • 100% safety continously guaranteed;
  • Offered with Reliable and safe transportation by e.g. bus, 4×4, bicycles, boats, canoes, etc.
  • Provided with respect of the Rwandan cultural values
  • Offered with Good knowledge of the environmental issues, what will be our footprint.
  • In different package deals including special activities for the different target groups available such as age categories and other special groups (all-in package deals).
  • Profits are shared with the Kivu Belt destination communities.  

Groups of 1-4, 177,000 Rwf including guide, boat and coffee experience

Groups of 5+, 76,700 Rwf including guide, boat and coffee experience

Groups of 1-4, 566,400 Rwf including guide, boat and coffee experience plus 2 overnights in Rubavu and transfer from Kigali

Groups of 5+, 277,300 Rwf including guide, boat and coffee experience plus 2 overnights in Rubavu and transfer from Kigali

Highlights

  • Hike The Congo Nile Trail
  • Experience how coffee is grown and processed in Rwanda
  • Ride on a boat on Lake Kivu

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