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Rwanda is a small country with the most beautiful hills that made it to get the name of “thousand hills” from the first explorers to come to Africa. Today, Rwanda is so much known for the mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and the “Intore Dance”. Most of the Rwanda safari companies have customized safari packages for travelers visiting Rwanda combined with holidays at the shores of Lake Kivu that is found in Rubavu destination and all the travelers stay at this shores relaxing in Luxury, Mid – range and budget lodges.

Gisenyi is the capital of the Rubavu District. its the fifth largest town in Rwanda, located in the western province of the country and borders the north shore of Lake Kivu at the foot of the Virunga Mountains. It offers visitors attractive mountain scenery and an enjoyable year round moderate climate.

The city lies 60km to the west of Musanze and the Volcanoes National Park, and 110km north of Karongi. It is a 160km journey to Kigali on the good roads. Gisenyi is divided into the busier upper part of the town which is back dropped by the Virunga Volcanoes, and the lower part of the town which is quieter, with established architecture, banks, government buildings and hotels fringing the Lake shore with it’s palm lined sandy beaches.

Gisenyi Sector

Munezero,  a luxury tourist boat offers beautiful Lake scenery of more than 13 islands as well as bird life along the western shore line of the country between Rubavu, Karongi and Rusizi. Linking the coastal towns and primate circuit of Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks.

Bralirwa, also known in French as Brasseries et Limonaderies du Rwanda. Internationally recognized and the largest brewery and beverage company in Rwanda, it produces several local beers like Primus and Mutzig, as well as international brands like Amstel, Guinness and a range of soft drinks.

Gisenyi Beaches

Gisenyi Public Beach

Lake Kivu

More About Gisenyi – Green Tourism & Rwanda Safaris & Tours Holidays

  • Nyamyumba Sector
  • Busasamana Sector
  • Nyukiriba Sector
  • Kanzenze Sector
  • Mudende Sector

Gisenyi Safari Hotels, Lodges & Guest Houses

  • Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
  • Gorilla Hotel, Gisenyi
  • Paradise Malahinde
  • Gisenyi Guest House

Tourist Activities Around & Nearby Gisenyi Region

Visit Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking adventure, golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey Hike, Visoke & Karisimbi trek, Musanze Caves. Enjoy the Buhanga Eco walk and also transfer to the Nyungwe Forest National Park for the chimpanzee trek, canopy walk and as well as nature walks in Gishwat Forest Reserve.

At the shores of you can enjoy the boat cruise towards the interesting fishing villages along the Lake and visiting the hot springs. Enjoy the Kayaking journeys.

More so from Gisenyi visit mount Nyiragongo in Democratic Republic of Congo in Virunga National Park, mountain gorilla trek and you can take tour from 3 days and more. Contact our travel experts for the best advise on how to book this Congo Gorilla Trek – Nyiragongo Hiking Tours! Still from Gisenyi you can visit the southern part of Uganda – Kisoro visiting the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park famously known for the mountain gorillas, golden monkey, Batwa trail.

This region offers too the volcanic and Crater Lakes Like Mutanda Lake & Lake Bunyonyi and both offering the holidays to honey moon travelers and other travelers interested in responsible vacations.