Adventure and Leisure in Rwanda
Rwanda’s scenic beauty is unique. Known as the land of 1000 hills, Rwanda boasts of sceneries that display lasting memories. Bring your camera with you on this great adventure and make yourself an album of lasting memories.
Also within easy day tripping distance of Ruhengeri are the seldom visited but lovely Lakes Burera, Ruhondo and Karago. Lake Kivu is an extraordinarily beautiful inland sea enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along the Congolese border. Three resort towns, Rubavu (formerly known as Gisenyi) Karongi formerly known as Kibuye and Risizi (formerly known as Cyangugu) stand on the littoral, 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 one of the classic road journeys in all of Africa. There is also charter boat service on the lake connecting the 3 towns.
Rubavu or call it Gisenyi is set on a sandy beach, lined with swaying palms and colonial-era hotels that exude an atmosphere of tropical languor. Tourist activities at Kibuye are centered on a modern lakeshore guesthouse overlooking pine-covered hills seemingly transplanted from the Alps.
Away from the main resorts, Rwanda’s lakes offer visitors rewarding glimpses into ancient African lifestyles. Fishermen ply the water in dugout canoes unchanged in design for centuries, while colorfully dressed ladies smoke traditional wooden pipes and troubadours strum sweetly on stringed iningire (traditional ‘guitars’).