Reasons to Visit
The perfect spot for resting your weary limbs after your gorilla tracking, Lake Kivu is 90 minutes' drive through winding hills and colourful villages from the Virunga Volcanoes. Here you can float on the water on a relaxing boat trip and watch the world go by.
Rwanda is home to Africa's first National Park, Virunga, which was created back in 1925. It was done to protect its most famous wildlife - its gorillas. However, while its primates will be at the top of you to-see list the country's montane forests contain over 700 bird species with many, such as Grauer’s Swamp-warbler, being regionally endemic.
The trek through the dense forest on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes can take between two to six hours. However your reward is an hour watching your assigned gorilla troop play, eat, groom and relax.
If you want something a bit different head to Butare, Rwanda's second city, where you can visit the King's Palace, the University and the National Museum, which is home to an incredible collection of artefacts which are beautifully presented.
Up until relatively recently montane forest occupied one third of the territory of present-day Rwanda. Now these ancient forests are mainly restricted to the three main parks: Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park and Akagera National Park. By visiting any one of these you will see a great diversity of fauna and flora.
Travelling through Rwanda provides a fascinating insight into daily village life. Often located in beautiful countryside a village visit is an absolute highlight where a warm and enthusiastic welcome is guaranteed.
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This is an excellent hotel for relaxing for a night or two at any point in your stay in Rwanda. The rooms are very comfortable and luxurious and standards of food and service are high.
This 4-star Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (formerly the Kivu Sun) in Gisenyi offers excellent service and facilities to meet every business and leisure need.
The hotel is located beside Lake Kivu above a stretch of sandy beach and has good facilities including a swimming pool, two tennis courts and a gym. There are 66 standard rooms and a handful of family rooms and luxury suites. Each room has double or twin beds, air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct dial telephone and en-suite bathroom with tub and shower and all are furnished to an international standard.
There are several restaurants; The Kivu Sands Restaurant with a panoramic view of the lake serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Lake View Bar has looks over the pool and lake and serves snacks and drinks and has music at the weekends.
Lake Kivu is the country’s largest body of water and takes up about half of Rwanda’s western border. The views from many hotels and guesthouses across the palm-fringed lake are wonderful.
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