6 Days Lake Kivu shores Biking Safari
Day 1: Kigali to Gisenyi
Depart for Gisenyi. Meet your guide upon arrival and he will take you to your hotel to relax for the night before starting the trail in the morning. We kept your evening open to explore Gisenyi and relax at the hotel because the next few days are going to be tough. Don’t worry though; it is the good kind of tough.
Lunch: Paradis Malaise
Dinner: Palm Garden Resort
Accommodation: Palm Garden Resort Sleeping in private bungalows overlooking Lake Kivu.
Day 2: Bike to Kinunu
Begin the Congo Nile Trail early in the morning to make sure you have plenty of time to relax when you reach base camp. The first day is overwhelmingly beautiful. You will have plenty of time for breaks along the way before reaching Kinunu base camp. The Breakpoints will overlook ridiculously beautiful views of Lake Kivu. Take a coffee tour of the Kinunu Coffee Washing station before setting up camp for the night. Kinunu lodge is one of our favorite stops as you rest right on the shores of the lake. The meals made here are some of the best meals in Rwanda in our opinion. Enjoy.
+688m : -497m
Hours Biking: 8 Hours
Lunch: Rwinyoni Village
Dinner: Kinunu Lodge
Accommodation: Kinunu Lodge Room
Day 3: Bike to Kibuye
Start early again as today will be a tough one. The path curves in land and uphill for most of the day so you can enjoy an authentic Rwandan experience at every breakpoint. There is an epic decline of nearly 250m right before hitting Rubengera Junction which is a lot of fun on the bikes. The trail turns into paved road for the last bit of this ride which will be beautiful coming into Kibuye as the sun sets over the waters. The upgrade you have chosen will put you in the nicest, most relaxing hotel in Kibuye.
+492m : -463m
Hours Biking: 8 Hours
Lunch: Musasa Village
Dinner: Moriah Hill Restaurant
Accommodation: Moriah Hill Hotel: The most beautiful hotel in Kibuye. Overlooks Lake Kivu
Day 4: Bike to L’Esperence Orphanage
Today is a shorter bike ride but no less challenging. Fortunately the views will make up for it and the reward at the end will blow you away. We are willing to bet that you will choose to stay at least on extra night at this camp site with the children at L’Esperence Orphanage. You will also get a chance to meet other volunteers as this place always has fascinating people helping. If you are lucky you might even run into some engineers from NASA. We recommend you book the extra day as a break now because you will just end up doing it anyway once you get there.
Lunch: Mugonero Market
Dinner: L’Esperence Orphanage
Accommodation: L’Esperence Orphanage Lodge
• Spend an extra day at the orphanage
Day 5: Bike to Nyamasheke
Today will be your hardest and longest day of biking yet but by now you will be a lean mean biking machine. As well let’s be honest, you probably spent an extra day relaxing with the kids by the lake. Lunch will be in Kilimbi Bay and Dinner in Nyamasheke where you will be staying in accommodation provided by the beautifully constructed local Catholic Church.
Breakfast: L’Esperence Orphanage
Lunch: Kilimbi Bay
Dinner: Smart Boutique Restaurant
Day 6: Drive back for airport drop off
Depending on your flight time, you will be transferred to the Kigali airport to catch up with your flight back home. End of service!