Gisenyi is the capital city of Rubavu district. It’s the fifth largest tpwn in Rwanda and is located in the western province, of the country and borders the north shore of lake kivu at the foot of the virunga mountains which offers visitors attractive mountain scenery and an enjoyable all year round moderate climate.
The city lies 60 km to the west of musanze and the volcanoes national park, and 110kms north of Karongi. It is a 160 km journey to Kigali on good roads. Gisenyi is divided into a busier upper part of town which is backdropped by the Virunga volcanoes, and the lower part of town which is quieter, with established architecture, banks, government buildings and hotels fringing the lake shore with its palm lined sandy beaches.
Attractions in the Gisenyi Sector
Rubona hill, a little harbor town, 6 km from the Gienyi town centre attracts those looking for lake transport.
The paradise Malahide an eco lodge bar and restaurant, located on the lake kivu shore, is an excellent place for sundowners or an overnight stay. The site is easily accessible by car from the main Gisenyi – Bralirwa road.
Bralirwa, also known in French as Brasseries et Limonaderies du rwanda. Internationally recognized and the largest brewery and beverage compony in Rwanda. It produces several local beers like primus and Mutzig, as well as internationall brands like Amstel, Guiness and a range of soft drinks.
The dancing pots
Pottery project known as ‘dancing pots’ of the indigenous Batwa tribe was the first certified Fair Trade business in Rwanda. Today, about 33,000 Batwa remain in Rwanda representing 0.4% of the population.
They are particulary reknowned for their skills as potters, dancers and musicians.
The Dancing pots project is a unique opportunity for visitors to learn a bout the interact with this community.