Opened in 2009 as a way of expanding Tourism activities in Rwanda, the Congo Nile Trail comprises of a net of roads consecutive from Gisenyi and Cyangugu with beautiful attractions varying from hills, forests, villages, local towns, valleys etc. While on this trail that can be surveyed through many different ways like cycling, walking, motorcycling, one should expect to spot and observe the unique Village life of the Rwandeese as well as the sights and sounds of the country’s magnificent nature like the birds.
The means used depend on the tastes and preferences of certain parties as according to what one wants. The trail from Gisenyi to Cyangugu includes a distance of 227 kilometers that can be finished in 10 days while hiking/ 5 days while biking. This can be broken in instances where the tourist has scheduled time that cannot allow him/ her a 10 days hike or 5 days biking. While taking on this, tourists are advised to carry a guiding map, hire porters in case the luggage is a lot and be assured that they will be safe due to the advanced security enhanced by the government of Rwanda.
The trail includes various routes and duration options and these include;
- The first option trail is from Gisenyi heading south where it ends in Kamembe and can be finished in 5 days using a well serviced bike.
- The other option is from Gisenyi to the Kibuye route and this can be finished in a day/ two hence very appropriate for tourists/ visitors with less/ scheduled time.
What to carry for the trail
While preparing for the trail, you should carry enough drinking water and snacks in your backpack. This is because it might take you about 5-10 kms to reach a village with shops selling snacks and water especially while trekking the extremely remote areas like hills and forests.
The essential equipment one should have in order to have a successful trailing experience over the Congo Nile Trail includes;
- Spare parts of the motorcycles and bikes
- Sleeping sack, bag and tent.
- A few clothes.
- Scarf/ sweater
- A dust mask
- Snacks & Water.