Explore Gisenyi town -Gisenyi town is an attractive city in Rubavu district found in the north-western part of Rwanda. It is a busy town but has the best hideouts for a short trip. It has got beautiful sites along the northern shores of Lake Kivu. The Lake is shared by Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda and is known for experiencing limbic eruptions where the surface releases carbon dioxide due to the lava that flowed through Goma town to the lake during the 2002 eruption of the Nyiragongo Volcano. It is the biggest lake in Rwanda and a main spot for water activities in the country. On a safari to Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo, consider to have some precious time spent around this town to relax after the adventurous activities in the National Parks. Enjoy the breeze at the beach, stunning sceneries of the Virunga volcanoes, delicious meals and the best accommodation services. Find Out more about explore Gisenyi Rwanda, Gisenyi beach, Gisenyi Hotels and so much more.
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 Gisenyi town. It can sometimes take up to 4 hours 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 Great Adventure Safaris, our driver guide will receive you at Kigali International Airport and transfer you to Gisenyi town at your booked hotel. It will take less than 3 hours to arrive at the town. Great homes for accommodation at Gisenyi town are Gorilla Lake Kivu Hotel, Palm Beach Resort, Serena Hotel, and Asante Hotel among others.
Tourists who need to continue to the Democratic Republic of Congo for more of the breath taking activities like Gorilla tracking, Chimp tracking and habituation experience and the great Nyiiragongo Volcano hike in the 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.
Explore Gisenyi town caters for tourists with the best services including tasty meals, cosy 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. Paradise Mala hide, Palm Garden and Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel cater for all services for mid-range travellers and budget travellers will enjoy their stay at Catholic Hostel and Discover Rwanda dorm.
A boat safari on Lake Kivu rewards you with beautiful sceneries of islands and Volcanoes that have an experience of fishermen at their work, great sightings of different bird species and interact with people in the local villages.
Visit the Hot Springs
There are various hot springs in areas around Gisenyi town. A visit to any of these hot springs gives you a clue of what the local people believe about these hot springs. The magical hot springs include Nyamyumba hot springs which are located close by a beach along the way from Rubavu town to Kigufi, Gisenyi hot springs, Kigarama hot springs.
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 local markets for fresh fruits and other items.
Gorilla Tracking in Musanze Volcanoes National Park
You can connect from Gisenyi town to one of Rwanda’s great starting points in an hour and arrive for Gorilla Tracking in Musanze. Gorilla tracking is the major tourism activity done in Volcanoes National Park on the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda.