This three-day Mount Bisoke trek and twin lake exploration safari provide an excellent opportunity to hike Mount Bisoke, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that can also be one of the most difficult things a person can do, particularly for the physically unfit. The hike takes between six and seven hours, including a 2-hour descent, but only for unskilled hikers. Experienced hikers can complete the hike and return to the base in less than 4 hours. This safari also includes visits to the twin lakes and a beekeeping experience, which is uncommon in most safaris.

The safari highlights

  • Bisoke mountain hiking
  • Twin lake exploration
  • Beekeeping experience

Detailed Itinerary Bisoke hiking in Rwanda with twine lake safari

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali and transfer to Musanze to Hike Mountain Busoke

After breakfast, our driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Kigali and drive you to Musanze, where your trekking adventure will begin. Mount Bisoke has the distinctive conic shape of a “perfect” volcano, with a deep crater lake. The great elevation of 3710m of Mount Bisoke requires extra power from climbers, and the entire journey can take anywhere between 5 and 6 hours, depending on the speed of the trek and the frequency of stops. The ascent usually takes about three hours. During the climb, you will pass through a variety of vegetation environments, beginning with bamboo forests and progressing to Hagenia, Hypericum forest, and lastly Senecio, Lobelia bush near the peak.

Expect to see the gorgeous Crater Lake on top of the volcano once you reach the summit. Aside from the Crater Lake at the summit, the nearby terrain is also worth seeing. Wonderful views of the other Virunga mountain ranges, the volcanoes national park, Virunga National Park, Mgahinga National Park, and the Rwenzori Mountain may be seen from the peak. Once you’ve had your fill of the breathtaking views from the peak. Descend to the starting point, where the driver will meet you and transport you back to the hotel for leisure, dinner, and overnight.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 2: Twin Lake exploration of Lake Burera and Ruhondo

After an early breakfast, you will drive from Musanze to Burera and Ruhondo Lakes to enjoy a magnificent nature walk surrounding the lakes, bird watching, fishing, and then a beautiful sundowner cruise while admiring the volcanoes.  These lovely twin lakes are found on the border between Rwanda and Uganda at the northern part of Rwanda, on the outskirts of Musanze. Burera and Ruhondo Lakes are separated by a 1 km broad stretch of land, characterized by their blue water surrounded by Virunga High hills. After having a fantastic day, you will be driven back to the Lodge in Musanze for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 3: Transfer to Gakenke for Beekeeping experience and drive back to Kigali

After breakfast at the hotel, a driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to Gakenke for a beekeeping adventure. During this visit, you will learn about the production of honey, from the construction of the bee hive to the harvesting of fresh honey. Since you are well safeguarded by the bee keeper’s suit, you shall be able to harvest honey. Beekeeping has been practiced in Rwanda for many generations, according to inherited patterns. However, the activity has primarily been traditional and subsistence in character, with honey being used as a food product for the home, medicinal, and traditional liquor manufacturing.

After this thrilling adventure, you will have lunch before traveling back to Kigali, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, bringing this safari to a finale.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch