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The most conventionally pretty of the lake ports, Kibuye sprawls across a series of hills interwoven with the lagoon like arms of the lake.

With good roads from Kigali this is popular with visitors and Rwandans alike, and at the weekends you'll find families from elsewhere in Rwanda enjoying the small beaches and swimming in the lake.

Hills planted with pines and eucalyptus give the area a pristine, almost Alpine feel - it's a green and peaceful place.

Kibuye's recent past

It is hard to believe, amid today's tranquillity that during the genocide the area of Kibuye experienced the most comprehensive killings of Tutsis anywhere in Rwanda. Near the sports stadium a sign reads 'More than 10,000 people were inhumated here'. Now birds chirp on the surrounding wall and the laughter of children in the nearby schools. Here, as throughout Rwanda memories of the genocide remain acute but the daily life carries on determinedly around them.

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    Accommodation choices for Kibuye

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kibuye. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Cormoran Lodge, Kibuye

      Cormoran Lodge

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      Situated near the town of Kibuye, Cormoran lodge is charming and characterful, with comfortable rooms. Whilst not particularly luxurious, it's worth staying at if travelling between Nyungwe Forest and the Virunga Volcanoes.