Gisenyi

Travel to Gisenyi – Relaxing Lakeside Resort

Gisenyi and its neighbouring towns of Kibuye and Cyangugu, are connected by a wild roller-coaster road that tumbles through lush plantain fields and relic patches of misty rainforest to offer sweeping views over the blue water. It is said to be one of the classic road journeys in all of Africa. There is also a charter boat service on the lake connecting the three towns.

Gisenyi is the most developed of Rwanda’s lakeside resort towns and is less than an hours drive from the Parc des Volcans. It is located on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and close to its town of Goma.

The northern shore of the lake on which Goma and Gisenyi lie is a flat plain featuring lava formations from the eruptions of nearby Mount Nyiragongo. Gisenyi but not Goma escaped the lava flows of the 2002 eruption which destroyed between 15 and 40% of Goma.

The town is set on a sandy beach lined with swaying palms and colonial-era hotels that exude an atmosphere of tropical languor.

Take a ferry ride on the lake to nearby towns, or hire a pirogue to visit nearby uninhabited islands or perhaps take a refreshing dip in the rippling lake.

Private transport by 4WD or an organised tour is recommended for a thorough discovery of this area.

  • Lakeside ‘resort’ town, ideal for rest and relaxation after the demands of a gorilla trek.

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