Ruzizi Tented Lodge
This is the only luxury/upmarket lodge in this park. The lodge presents tented accommodation with a count of 20 beds which are linked by wooden walk ways. It offers impressive views of Lake Ihema which is Rwanda’s second largest lake.
The lodge features 9 tents which can carry occupancy of up to 20 Rwanda undertakers. Each tent features an inbuilt bathroom ,the hot and cold running water,dressing area, comfortable queen beds either 3/4 twin beds . A front side patio and every tent is connected by wooden board walks from the main reception Area.
The Ruzizi Tented camp features a family tent that can take up to 4 people along with a tree top tent. There is a main reception area that is thatched featuring a restaurant and Bar. The spacious deck along with a fire place under the large feature panoramic views of Lake Ihema.
AKAGERA GAME LODGE
This lodge is positioned to the southern side of the park features a mid-range accommodation arrangement and has good views of Lake Ihema . the surroundings of protected woodland,the swamp fringed lakes and the meandering river along with the open savanna gives the lodge a tranquil wilderness atmosphere
The lodge has up to 60 beds and the facilities include swimming pool, tennis court and the conference centre . The beds are configured on standard room,deluxe room ,family room and junior suite.
The hotel is located outside of the park boarders in the Rwamagana district, 40 minutes drive to Akagera National Park allowing low cost travelers to connect to the lodge in the morning and catch up with the activities including the game viewing
Accommodation at Dereva Hotel is offered in a king size room which ia an apartment with a bathroom, warm water, dining. DS TV .free international phone and internet . Also they have queen rooms with double bed and Twin rooms.
Dereva hotel also features a bar with a cosy longe equipped with wines, beers, and spirits.the hotel features a fine dining experience.
The hotel also features 6 meeting rooms of varying sizes from 20 -200 people ideal for all categories of events and corporate meetings.
CAMPING SITES IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
This is positioned on the shores of lake shakani with impressive views of the lake enjoying the sounds of hippos and birds. The camp site offers connection for the travelers that want to engage in sport fishing on lake shakani.
This is positioned on the mutumba hill which is an advantage point presents clear views of wildlife below including the eland herds and the roan antelope.
This campsite also positioned on the ridge overlooking lake shakani , Lake Ihema and flat plains of Tanzania. The campsite is close to the park entrance than any other campsites.
These campsites feature pit latrines and shared bathrooms . the guests are advised to carry their own water but the firewood is provided.the tents are available for hire at the reception.
LAKE KIVU AS ATOURIST DESTINATION
Lake Kivu is shared between Rwanda and Democratic Republic Of Congo . Lake Kivu is one of the fresh water bodies In east and central Africa. It’s the largest water body in Rwanda covering an area of 2700 square kilometers . this water body is a perfect place for swimming because its hippo and bihazia free.
Lake kivu is the 6th largest lake on the continent of Africa and has three major towns Gisenyi , kibuye and cyangungu . these are well developed towns and are visited by many tourists . on visit to lake kivu , a tourist can engage in various activities that include the following :
Lake kivu is a fresh water body that is crocodile and bilhazia free . the water in the lake has a cool temperature and all those who would like to cool down especially on a hot day are free to jump in the lake and relax . there are beautiful beaches along the lake shores with fine sand where one can relax in the mild sun after having a great swim in the lake.Better swimming points can be got from the towns of Gisenyi ,Kibuye and cyangungu .
Hiking and biking along the shores
A walk in Rwanda is always exciting and doing it on the beaches of lake kivu can be the best decision one can ever make . hiking is good exercise that can be enjoyed by tourists after a safari or those on a honey moon .with great views of the fresh water , a walk at the shores of lake with cool breezez from the waves will give you a remarkable and unforgettable experience .
Water trips and cruising
This acan be done on local dug out canoes or using engine boats .cruising on this fresh water body enables one to discover more of the land of a thousand hills . Excursion boat rides can be made within a few meters of the lake even while having dinner while other longer trips can be made to the major islads in the lake especially the Napoleon and Amahoro island .relaxing on cruises and water trips on the lake makes one somehow forget about their problems and feel home away from home.
A visit to Nyamirundi island
This island is near Gisenyi and a lot of coffee growing and processing is done around the area . A visit to the island enables one to learn about whole coffee growing process and get a chance to taste the locally processed and made coffee . There are also other crops grown on the island like bananas and other major food crops . the island provides beautiful views of the terraced gently sloping islands covered with coffee and banana plantations.
A visit to the Imbabazi orphanage
The orphanage was set up by the late Rosamond Carr to take care of the children who were left orphans during the Rwanda genocide in 1994. Carr had lived in Rwanda for some time and as a close friend to Dian fossey a mountain Gorilla conservationist . during the genocide , the orphanage had to be moved from one place to another due to insecurity reasons however after the Genocide in 1994 , it was permanently moved back to Gisenyi and at that time the orphanage was a home to over 400 orphans .
The orphanage was reconstructed and well built and today it is very beautiful with gardens ,has a restaurant that prepares classic and standard food and also provides great views of the virunga Volcanoes in the background.
Wind surfing and other water sports
The waters of lake kivu have waves that support water sports cativities likw wind surfing ,kayaking , speed boat rides and sport fishing . wind surfing and kayaking equipment can be hired around from Gisenyi.
In conclusion , Lake Kivu is a fantastic tourist destination ,which one would not miss out while in the country. If you are visiting for a gorilla safari ,this is a relaxing destination to top your adventure in Rwanda rewarding with a relaxing experience in the land of thousand hills.
TOURIST HOTELS AROUND LAKE KIVU
LAKE KIVU SERENA HOTEL ( upmarket/ luxury)
Set on the shoresof Lake Kivu , the hotel lies on the outskirts of Gisenyi ,on the western edge of Rwanda . its alrge ,international style hotel with a range of facilities and activities and fronted by along beach.The 66 en-suite rooms at Lake Kivu Serena are set in two diagonal lines , one overlooking the gardens and the other facing the communal areas below and with views over the lake .
we would preferably recommend the lake-view rooms . as you would expect from a serena property , the rooms are furnished to a very good standard . it is located just 3 km from the center of Gisenyi . the hotel features an outdoor swimming pool ,a restaurant and an on-site bar . free WI-FI is available in the rooms and each room comes equipped with satellite TV, a kettle and private bathroom .
Certain units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day . guests can enjoy a drink at the bar .there is a 24 hour front desk and airport transfers can be arranged upon request at a charge . the shores of lake kivu is 100 meters from the hotel ,while the Kigali International Airport is 160km away .
GORILLAS LAKE KIVU HOTEL ( midrange)
Located within 2.5 km from Lkae Kivu ,gorillas lake kivu Hotel offers accommodation in Gisenyi .it offers an outdoor swimming pool and free wifi throughout the property . all rooms at Gorillas Lake kivu feature a satellite TV and a seating area . the private bathrooms have a bath or shower and a bathrobe ,hairdryer and sandals are provided for your convenience .
Some rooms offer a dinning area , kitchenette and air-conditioning . there is a restaurant and bar at the hotel or guests can relax in the shared lounge /TV area . the hotel features a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service . the hotel can also arrange car hire and there is free parking at the site . The petite Barriere border crossing to Goma is 1 km from Gorillas Lake kivu Hotel and Gisenyi Airport is within 2.5 km .
HILL VIEW HOTEL ( midrange)
It offers and out door pool . Hill view hotel is situated in Gisenyi . guests can enjoy the onsite restaurant . free WI-FI is featured through out the property and free private parking is available on site .
some rooms have a seating area where you can relax some units include a private bathroom with a spa bath ,while others have bathrobes and sandals . for your comfort ,you will find free toiletries and a hair drier , a falt –screen TV with satellite channels is available . there is a 24 hour front desk on property . volleyball and basketball is 200 meters from the hotel .
STIPP HOTEL GISENYI ( midrange)
Situated in Gisenyi , 700 meters from volley ball and basketball . stipple hotel features an out door pool and childrens play ground . the hotel has a sun terrace and spa center and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free wi-fi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site .
Every room is equipped with a flat screen TV , certain units include a seating area where you can relax . some rooms have views of the lake or pool . all rooms come with a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower . for your comfort you will find sandals ,free toiletries and a hair dryer . it also has a 24-hour front desk at the property . western union is 800 meters from stipp hotel gisenyi.
PARADIS MALAHINDE ( budget)
Paradis malahinde offers per-friendly accommodation in gisenyi .it features free WI-FI and a sun terrace ,free private parking is available on site . some rooms include views of the mountain or lake .Rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower . guests can enjoy either buffet or alacarte meals at the onsite restaurant .
Special diet menus are available on request .there is a 24-hour front desk and gift shop at the property . thereis also free evening entertainment . the Beer brewery of Rwanda is 1.4 km from paradis Malahinde ,while Gakoni Market is 800 meters from the property .
HAKUNA MATATA LODGE ( midrange)
Camping and restaurant is located in one of the most elegant parts of the shores of lake kivu in Rwanda . this pocket friendly hotel is perfect for family holidays as well as business trips .The property offers spacious rooms ,all equipped with floor to ceiling mosquito nets and TV . rooms are simply decorated and large enough to be comfortable .
The onsite restaurant offers a variety of cuisines ,African , Asiatic and European cuisines ,complimentary breakfast is served daily to all guests .Airport shuttles ,car hire services and laundry services can also be arranged on request.the property also has a private beach where you can relax from .
MORIAH HILL RESORT ( luxury/Upmarket)
West of the shores of lake kivu in karongi ,Rwanda .free wi-fi is provided for all our guests . Each room is fitted with a flat screen TV ,floor to ceiling windows ,a lamp shade and designed with an en-suite bathroom and a balcony that overlooks lake kivu.
The resort serves a complimentary breakfast every morning . guests can enjoy different drinks and snacks in the lake view bar and enjoy delicious fresh food .( international and traditional ) cooked by the experienced chief cook in the panoramic restaurant with traditional Rwandan décor , the onsite restaurant is furnished with colourful four sitter tables .
Guests can engage in kayaking and mountain climbing during their stay at the resort . the hotel houses a sauna where guests receive beauty and relaxation treatments . laundry services are available but attract additional charges .
RWIZA VILLAGE ( midrange)
It is located 4 km from the town of kibuye but on a gateway holiday within the hills of kibuye ,standas a serene place close to the lakeside with a surrounding that depicts nature’s beauty .It has nine independent cottages each with self contained facilities , the cottages are fully furnished with different materials and fitted with furniture that is made and designed by local people within kibuye .
The roofing also comes from local materials whereby the units are thatched with grass that blends with the surrounding landscape .the restaurant made of two huts is situated among the cottages ,in the center of each heart ,a concrete table and sitting area allows a group of more than eight people to share a meal of their choice .
The menu is dorminated by African dishes that have been imported from neighbouring countries and a few from the globe .there are also other dishes from the continent ,Senegalese chicken dishes that go for reasonable prices .
CORMORAN LODGE ( midrange)
A new lodge at the shores of Lake Kivu ,a beautiful turquoise ,blue among the most prestigious of Africa .The lodge has five cabins and a restaurant built entirely on wood . you will enjoy a breath taking view of the lake and the surrounding islands from any of the 7 rooms .
from the VIP cabin you can see the fiery crater of the nyiragongo volcano in the congo .our team will be delighted to welcome you and ensure you have a pleasant stay .Have something to eat and drink in our bar and restaurant or just relax in our lounge or on the panoramic terrace .All rooms offer a high standard of comfort and breathtaking view of the lake kivu . they are equipped with a television ,WI-FI ,mini fridge bathroom and shower.
BETHANY HOTEL KIBUYE ( midrange)
Bethany guesthouse is situated in the middle of Rwand’s lakeshore ,close to the town of kibuye ,which is probably the prettiest of the three towns on the sores of lake kivu . This guesthouse has a great location right beside the lapping waves ,facing west into the setting sun . it’s run by the pentecpastal church and has 42 fairly standard rooms ,while modern on the exterior .they are however ,slightly dated and simple inside .
Each of bethanie’s rooms have adouble or twin beds –some triple rooms available –with polished concrete floors . all with an en-suite flush toilet and hot shower . they all have a terrace that opens out onto the lake ,with views over the lake –certainly the best thing about the guesthouse . there is also a restaurant here which offers simple ,but good traditional food ,typical of Rwandese smaller hotels .
Kibuye is averdant and very tropical spot surrounded by the hills which are covered in eucalyptus and pine trees . short boat trips on the lake in the area of the Betahnie Guesthouse are possible –nearby Napoleon’s Island has a large fruit balcony ,and Amahoro islands has an expected small beach.