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Location, Start and end point of the trail.

Congo Nile trail is located in the western province and it extends from Rubavu, continues through Rutsiro, then Karongi, up to Nyamasheke and ends at Rusizi District. The trail starts from Gisenyi, Rubavu District, in the western province. It features lake Kivu, sandy beaches, big hotels such as INZU Lodge. It ends in the Southern shores of Rusizi District.

Time taken to completeand best season to hike the trail.

There are mainly four options to cmplete the trail, by a car , by cycling, by biking, and by walking. Walking take many days about 9-10 days depending on the hikers’ speed. Biking takes about 5 days which is shorter. Travelers can also decide to trail in section at a time.  The best seasons for hiking the trail is not in the rainy seasons (March – May and October – November) since some section are muddy making it strenuous for movements.

Congo Nile Trail
Congo-Nile Trail

For a spectacular view of the “Land of thousand hills” one should travel across the Congo Nile Trail, ready to explore the different sharp corners with dusty murram roads. Various sections on the trail have different features, in that some are: hilly, rocky, forested and the traveler has to hike through the tangled jungle. Some of the travelers to hike the trail with a car or by foot or motor cycle and others a bike. For best 227km journey, its better to opt for car, since all the required equipments are packed at once and no worries for for both new hikers and usual hikers. The car to hire depends on travelers budget, choice and preferences.

For cheap and affordable cars with suitable air bags, fire extinguisher, First Aid and warning triangles check Rent a car Rwanda company fleet. Booking online is available for different packages in terms of cars and at different costs. Rent a car Rwanda offers an option of renting a car with a chauffeur or for selfdrive. Self drive is condition, that its a must have the requirements such as National Driving Permit and a passport for foreighners of your country translated in to different languages.

Congo-Nile Trail
Congo-Nile Trail

Expect to climb and slope and at the same time sharing the road with others before reentering narrower trails.  Therefore, every traveler is cautioned to be very careful putting into consideration of the moving cars and walking pedestrains. Packing food ain’t that necessary because along the trails their sell food stuffs along the trail therefore it will be available. While hiking Congo Nile Trail, you get  aglimpse of extende farms of different food crops such as matooke, cassava, Irish potatoes and many more. Farming is part of Rwanda people’s Economic activities, others include fishing among others. In some sections of the trail, children will wave at you with that smily face which is also fine to wave back to them.   Some Rawnda women are seen carrying bundles of firewood and men fishing on lkae Kivu. The trail runs between the Nile and Congo rivers, where you’ll witness the beauty of Rwanda and views of the Rift Valley escarpment, waterfalls and Lake Kivu.

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