Overall, this boat excursion to Nkombo Island offers a unique and authentic experience of Rwanda’s cultural and natural heritage. With its fascinating village life, vibrant cultural performances, stunning views, and storytelling, it’s an adventure that you’ll treasure for a long time.
Village experience of the natives of Kombo: Visit the local village on Kombo Island and get a firsthand experience of the daily life and culture of the natives. Interact with the locals, learn about their customs and traditions, and gain a deeper appreciation of their way of life.
Cultural performance of natives: Enjoy a traditional dance performance by the natives of Kombo Island. The energetic and rhythmic dance moves, accompanied by live drumming and singing, will give you a glimpse into the vibrant cultural heritage of the island.
Views of DRC Congo islands of Bija: As you cruise along the lake, enjoy the panoramic views of the DRC Congo islands of Bija. Take in the beauty of the surrounding islands and the vast expanse of Lake Kivu.
Storytelling: Gather around a campfire and listen to fascinating stories and legends of Kombo Island from the locals. Hear about the island’s history, mythology, and folklore as you relax in the peaceful ambiance of the lakeshore.
Short hike of Kombo: Take a short hike around the island to explore its natural beauty and wildlife. Spot different bird species, admire the lush vegetation, and discover hidden gems such as secluded beaches and rock formations.
8:00 AM – Meet your guide at the designated meeting point in Rusizi, a city on the shore of Lake Kivu.
8:15 AM – Board the boat and set off on your adventure.
8:30 AM – Enjoy the stunning views of Lake Kivu as you cruise towards Kombo Island.
9:00 AM – Arrive at Kombo Island and begin the village experience starting a warm welcome of Abasamyi cultural performance the unique dance of Nkombo. Meet the locals, explore their homes and learn about their daily life, culture and customs. Enjoy a traditional Rwandan way of life.
– Watch a cultural performance by the natives of Kombo Island. The dancers, drummers, and singers will perform energetic and rhythmic moves in their traditional attire.
– Take a short hike around the island. You’ll spot different bird species and admire the lush vegetation, while your guide shares information about the island’s flora and fauna.
– Enjoy a lakeside lunch with fresh fish and other local Rwandan dishes.
– Cruise around the island, admiring the beautiful scenery and spotting birds.
– Cruise back to Rusizi town while enjoying the scenic views of Lake Kivu and the surrounding islands.
– Arrive back in Rusizi town and say goodbye to your guide.
Beyond the Gorillas Experience (BGE) is a tourism company based in vicinity of
Volcanoes National Park (VNP). BGE operates in the whole country but it has the main
offices in Musanze and Gakenke Districts located in the Northern Province/Rwanda.
Beyond the Gorillas Experience has a focus on promoting experiences outside of the national park for the sake of including local communities in tourism and helping visitors to see more and genuine experiences in Rwanda.