Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Kibuye, Rwanda, Africa

Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Kibuye, Rwanda, Africa

Kibuye is the capital city of the Western Province in Rwanda, located on the eastern shore of the Lake Kivu. It is located at the halfway between Gisenyi on the northern shore of the lake and Cyangugu on the southern shore of the lake. Kibuye itself is a popular beach resort and is also located driving distance away from the Nyungwe Forest. There is an inviting waterfall called Ndaba Falls, located few kilometers away from Kibuye.

Kibuye houses a genocide memorial that commemorates the assassination of 90% of the Tutsi population from Kibuye, in the Rwandan Civil War. Kibuye is situated around 130 km west of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The geographical coordinates of Kibuye are 2°03′34″ S 29°20′53″ E.


Getting Kibuye:

The Kigali International Airport is the closest airport to Kibuye, situated around 140 km away from the centre of Kibuye. It is the prime airport of the country, handling flights from/to Amsterdam, Doha, Istanbul, Douala, Dubai, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Mombasa, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Brussels and many other world cities.

There are regular buses plying between Kigali and Kibuye, served by Capital bus line, Impala Express bus line and many minibuses. These buses generally take around 2 hours and 45 minutes from Kigali to Kibuye.

Motorcycles are commonly used for local travel in Kigali that cost around 500RWF.

Food and Shopping in Kibuye:

Visitors can bag both modern and traditional products in Kibuye. The city holds a local market and many modern shops near the gas stations of the city. Restaurants are plenty in Kibuye that charge between 800 RWF and 1000 RWF for lunch buffet.


What to do in Kibuye?

  • Boat tours
  • Swimming
  • Walking


Places to see in Kibuye:


Lake Kivu:

The Lake Kivu is a Great African Lake, covering a surface area of 2,700 sq. km, with a maximum width of 48 km and length of 89 km. The lake shore is used as a vacation site by thousands of tourists throughout the year. The Lake Kivu is home to around 28 fish species, including Nile Tilapia and Limnothrissa miodon. The lake is also famous for boat riding, which costs 15,000 RWF.


Ndaba Water Falls:

The Ndaba Water Falls is an enthralling waterfall, situated around 28 km away from Kibuye and is very much famous among nature and mountain sport enthusiasts. This picturesque spot can be reached by a rental vehicle from Kibuye.


Genocide Memorial:

The Genocide Memorial in Kibuye was founded in the memorial of people, mainly of 90% of Tutsi population of Kibuye, who were killed deliberately in the riot of Rwandan Civil War.  The memorial is located at Home Saint Jean.


Beaches in Kibuye:

Due to its position on the Lake Kivu, Kibuye holds many spectacular sandy beaches and the famous ones are the small beach at the Moriah Hotel and near the Golf Eden Rock Hotel.


Other places of interest in and around Kibuye include:

  • Mount Nyiragongo
  • Gisenyi Airport
  • Gisenyi Old Cemetry
  • Rubavu Artificial Forest
  • College Inyemeramihigo
  • Gisenyi Public Beach
  • Azizi Life Experiences Rwanda
  • Kabgayi Minor Basilica
  • Kigali Memorial Centre
  • Gitarama Regional Stadium
  • Muhanga Zion Temple
  • Ivuka Arts Centre
  • Ntarama Church
  • Muhanga Farmers’ Market


When to visit Kibuye?

Probably from June to September is the ideal time to visit the resort town Kibuye in Rwanda.


Hotels in Kibuye:

Compared to other Rwandan cities, Kibuye houses a higher number of hotels that are shared between all the parts of the city with latest facilities and services. Mid-range hotels in Kibuye generally charge between 10-15,000 RWF per night. Here are some recommended hotels in Kibuye:

  • Golf Eden Rock Hotel
  • Centre Bethanie
  • Moriah Hill Resort
  • Amohoro Island
  • Home Saint Jean
  • Cormoran Lodge
  • Hotel Malahide Paradis
  • Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel
  • Orchids Safari Club
  • Hotel Muhabura
  • La Palme Hotel
  • Peace Guesthouse
  • Mount Kigali Hotel
  • Amohoro Guesthouse
  • Dream Apple Inn

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