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
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:
This coffee tour starts in the plant nursery and ends with a cup of Rwandan coffee ground and roasted in the traditional way.
Hiking and camping around Gishwati and Mukura forests offer some of the most scenic, green hills and stunning views in Rwanda
Bike stage 1 of the famous Congo Nile Trail before visiting a local coffee farming cooperative. Join the singing fishermen on Lake Kivu as you return to Gisenyi by boat