Rwanda, Kibuye Kayaking: Three days on Lake Kivu to Gisenyi
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This journey is truly the most rewarding way to travel from Kibuye to Gisenyi. Paddling through the deep azure waters of Lake Kivu’s ‘Bay of Islands’ we island hop past many uninhabited islands – including Napoleon island with its famous bat colony. Our first night is spent camping on another beautiful, uninhabited island, which is still mostly covered with natural woodland and so teams with birdlife. Quietly continuing up the coast, our next stop is at Kinunu where there is a small guesthouse and a wonderfully romantic lodge set with breathtakingly scenic views. The second night is at Cyimbili – where we can witness the full lifecycle of Rwanda’s famous coffee, from islands covered with bushes to a cup of delicious coffee. Our last day will see us approach Gisenyi where we often get a superb view of the active Nyiragongo volcano. Notes We can make reservations for you in Cyimbili , however, accommodation and food as well as any additional activities are not included in the price charged by Kingfisher Journeys, except where specifically mentioned. You will need a tent and other camping equipment on the island, which can be hired from us, or you can bring your own. There is also a camping fee on the island (included in the price above), separate to the tent hire. We will loan you free dry bags for your clothing and valuables. Options Sunset and fishing boats at dusk: Included for free - we can finish one of our days on the water in style by witnessing the best spectacle on Lake Kivu. Packed Lunch for the first day: It's important to bring a lunch as there's no-where to buy anything to eat once you're on the water. Camping equipment hire: for use on the camping island. If you deselect this option, you will need to bring your own tent and other equipment. And they must be small enough to fit inside your kayak. Dinner on the camping island: we prepare for you a delicious simple meal on the open fire. If you deselect this option, you will need to bring all your own food and cooking equipment. Cyimbili: Accommodation reservation only, subject to availability. In Kibuye, we meet at Rwiza Village (+250 789-714-551 firstname.lastname@example.org) at 07:30. The trip will finish at Paradis Malahide (+250 788 648 650 / +250 788 756 204 / email@example.com) - which is a few kilometres outside of Gisenyi. Practical Notes: We provide full instruction, so you don't need any previous experience but you should be reasonably fit and mobile. During the activity the guide will stay close to be on hand if you need their help. We need to leave promptly, so please be ready on time. There are no refunds for missed departures. Bring a hat, sunscreen and wear light clothes - such as shorts and a t–shirt that can get wet and a change of clothes to change into at the end. A raincoat is also a good idea in the wet season. Most people go barefoot in the canoes and kayaks, but footwear that will get wet is recommended for when you get out at the end. Sandals work well and flip flops are ok. Please leave behind your jewellery, phones, cameras and anything else that could be damaged by water or lost if it doesn't float!
Lake Kivu’s ‘Bay of Islands
Kayak to Cyimbili
Kayaking back to Gisenyi