Gisenyi Town, Gisenyi Beach , Gisenyi Rwanda

Gisenyi town is an attractive city in Rubavu district found in the northwestern part of Rwanda. It is a busy town but has the best hideouts for a short trip. It has beautiful sites along northern the shores of Lake Kivu. The lake is shared by DRC and Rwanda and is known for experiencing limnic eruptions where the surface releases carbon dioxide due to the lava that that flowed through Goma town to the lake during the 2002 eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo. It is the biggest lake in Rwanda and a main spot for water activities in the country. On a safari to Rwanda or DRC, consider to have some precious time spent around this town to relax after the adventurous activities in the game parks. Enjoy the breeze at the beach, stunning sceneries of the Virunga colcanoes, delicious meals and the best accommodation services. Find Out more about Gisenyi Rwanda, Gisenyi beach, Gisenyi Hotels and so much more.

Getting to Gisenyi Rwanda

From Kigali the capital of Rwanda, you can connect to Gisenyi town by road. Using public means of transport (bus) takes about 3-3.5 hours to arrive at the town. It can sometimes take up to 4 hrs depending on the stopovers made along the way. Some of the bus companies that operate there are Belvedere, Virunga express and Ritco Limited.

If you organize your trip with Adventure in the wild safaris, the driver guide will receive you at Kigali international airport and transfer you to Gisenyi town to your hotel. It will take less than 3 hours to arrive at the town. Great homes for accommodation at Gisenyi are Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel, Palm beach resort, Serena hotel, Asante Hotel among others.

Tourists who need to continue to DRC for more of the breath taking activities like gorilla trekking, chimp trekking and habituation and the great hike to Nyiiragongo volcano in Virunga national park, this is easy. As long as you have a valid passport, visa and a valid yellow fever card, we drive to Goma town through Grande barrier border. Goma town is approximately 8km from Gisenyi town. It is bigger than Gisenyi in size and a great spot for viewing the remains of the 2002 Nyiragongo eruption.

Accommodations in Gisenyi town

Gisenyi town caters for tourists with the best services including tasty meals, cozy rooms, friendly environment and king staff. There are lodges that cater for all categories and budgets; Lake Kivu Serena Hotel provides the best luxury facilities. Paradis Malahide, Palm Garden and Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel cater for all services for mid-range travelers and budget travelers will enjoy their stay at Catholic Hostel and Discover Rwanda dorm.

Things to do at Gisenyi town

Boat cruise

A boat cruise on lake Kivu rewards you with beautiful sceneries of islands and Volcanoes, have an experience of fishermen at their work, great sightings of birds and interact with people at the local villages.

Visit the hot springs

There are various hot springs in areas around Gisenyi. A visit to any of these hot springs gives a clue of what the local people believe about these hot springs. The magical hot springs include Nyamyumba hot springs which are located by a beach along the way from Rubavu town to Kigufi, Gisenyi hot spring, Kigarama hot spring.

More of the activities to enjoy at Gisenyi are riding to the coffee plantations for the coffee experience, sea kayaking, visiting Imbabazi Orphanage, relaxing at the beach (hotels like Serna have private beaches), and walking around the markets for fresh fruits and other items.

Gorilla trekking at Musanze

You can connect from Gisenyi to one of Rwanda’s great starting points in an hour and arrive for gorilla trekking in Musanze. Gorilla trekking is the major tourism activity done in Volcanoes national park on the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. a gorilla permit costs US$1500.