The Congo Nile trail is one of the Rwanda safaris spots, it was officially opened in 2009 as part of the Rwanda tourism program or things to do while in Rwanda. Its intension was to diversify Rwanda tourism and ensure that travelers have a wide range of activities to carry out while in tours to Rwanda. It consists of road running from Gisenyi to cyangugu the southern part of Lake Kivu. In the middle of cyangugu and Gisenyi exist attractions natural in nature which include forest, local towns, valleys, villages and so many more hence granting travelers and tourism vast opportunities to view nature such as birds and also learning the culture of the local inhabitants.
There are multiple means on can use to explore Congo Nile which can include cycling, motor cycling, walking. Some are subject to cons such as walking uphill could get tedious, motor cycling is fast but also offers less time to explore the potential of the region giving room to cycling as the best and convenient way to explore the Congo Nile trail.
The trail from Gisenyi to cyangugu can cover up to a distance of 227km which can be finished in a period of 10 days while on a hike or 5 days while cycling.
All those travelers interesting hiking or cycling to explore the Congo Nile trail, you should note that it’s a safe place and that you need a few supplies to ensure that your trail is success and convenient. The supplies include a guiding map and if you one has a lot of stuff to carry, they may need a porter as well as English speaking guides, packed drinking water and snacks in your back pack while can easily be got from the local grocery shops.
There are a number of trail routs and the duration options can be applied in the Congo Nile trail. The first alternative is Gisenyi heading south to Kamembe, this can be accomplished with a bicycle about in period of 5 days but the bicycle has to be a good mechanical condition. The other option is using the Gisenyi – kibuye rout which can be accomplished in a day or 2 days, its suitable for tourists wo don’t have ample time in Rwanda.
Accommodation while on the trail.
There a maximum of 8 camp sites along the Congo Nile trail set up the Rwanda development board and they actually don’t necessarily require booking in advance. So you can carry your sleeping bags and tents and in case you don’t have, you can still hire them from the Rwanda development board.
There also guest houses along the trial and the most notable one being the Kinunu guest house, home jeans guest house m kibogora guest house, Bethanie guest house and many more. All cost 5000-30000 Rwanda francs for accommodation and meals, bicycle rental.
The major guest houses along the Congo trail where one can sleep include Kinunu guest house, peace guest house, home Saint Jean guest house, Kibogora guest house, Bethanie guest house among others. All these charge 5000- 30,000 Rwandan francs for accommodation and meals
The Congo trail is a little challenging and therefore to manage it well especially if you have chosen the biking option, you need to get the right bike that will match with your desires and needs. Many bikes are available for hire especially in Gisenyi but might be a little expensive especially the giant mountain bikes. Some may not be of your desired quality and some of them are locally made with 21 speed limits but without shocks. You can purchase your own new or used bike plus racks and spare parts if you don’t want to hire.
The major equipment’s one will need for a successful and less disturbing Congo Nile trail include a sleeping sack, spare parts for those using motorcycles and bikes, a few clothes, toiletries, sun glasses, scarf or sweater to manage the cold nights, a dust mask, water and snacks