Rubavu District the charm of Rwanda and is one of the districts of the Republic of Rwanda found in the western province 154.7 kilometers from Kigali the capital city of Rwanda which is a 3 hours’ drive. Rubavu district is full of a fresh breeze as it lies on the shores of Lake Kivu around the city of Gisenyi just adjacent the border from the Congolese city of Goma. Rubavu District is close to an active volcano mount Nyiragongo with Gisenyi as the main capital town in this district.

Rubavu district has a very strategic location as it is 1-hour drive away from Volcanoes national park and has a good stopover to or from Nyungwe National Park and a suitable relaxation point from the hectic gorilla trekking or Chimpanzee trekking respectively. Rubavu is one of the mesmerizing destinations in Rwanda with numerous enjoyable attractions and water spots offering tropical feeling, the district hosts the biggest beach and resort in Rwanda, red sand beaches with warm clean water. The Congo Nile Trail can be enjoyed on foot or by mountain bike with an endless beautiful view of the lake and its blue waters.

Attractions in Rubavu District

Rubavu district is an interesting destination with various tourist attractions which will leave you speechless and at the same time give you a new insight into African life include:

Pfunda tea estate, Pfunda tea estate is one of the main areas where tea growing takes place producing some of the world's best teas, it lies between Virunga volcano and the rich volcanic soil 9 kilometers from Gisenyi town, farmers in this plantation are very welcoming and willing to take on a tour in the plantation showing you how to pick the tea leaves and how they are processed to tea.

Gisenyi public beach. Gisenyi public beach is a location to get tropical vibes, the beautiful scenery of the beach is created by a strip of yellowish sand, grey-green waters. Here you get to enjoy the beauty of the sun as it set while reflecting in the waters and beach fun filled activities like swimming, beach soccer and many more.

Rubona peninsula. Rubona peninsula is found 6 kilometers away from Gisenyi town, it is on Lake Kivu shores with hills rising steeply from the lake's foreshore and patches of green gardens. The peninsular is a popular gateway with sandy beaches suitable for swimming. Sites of dozens of boats with men carrying out fishing adds magic to the beauty of the peninsula.

Kayaking on Lake Kivu. Kayaking on Lake Kivu is another breathtaking activity place on the waters which very safe because the lake harbors no hippopotamus or crocodiles.

Congo Nile Trail. The Congo Nile trail a trail of 227 kilometers offers to tour on foot or on a bike basing on the presence of the tourists with magnificent views of Lake Kivu. On this trail, you get to see several attractions like Pfunda tea estate, coffee plantations and cyimbiri where you witness coffee from the nursery bed way to the cup.

Other attractions include Palm oil plantations and Hiking on mount Subaru.



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The Sebeya River originates in the mountains of Rutsiro District along the Congo Nile Divide, in Western Rwanda. The river flows for over 110 kilometers with a catchment area of 286 square kilometers spanning the districts of Rutsiro, Ngororero, Nyabihu and Rubavu.


Nyamyumba Hot Springs

Located near the town of Gisenyi along the shores of Lake Kivu, the Nyamyumba Hot Springs are locally known to stimulate the immune system. While Rwanda has actively worked to build tourism, hot springs remain invisible on the country's tourism site map. Thus, the magical springs are not visited by many tourists.


Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.

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