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RUBAVU, rubavu
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rubavu.jpgMusanze District Welcome to the Costa del Kivu! The largest port on the Rwandan shores of Lake Kivu, RUBAVU (Formerly Gisenyi).
Gisenyi is the Capital of the Rubavu District, an attractive ritzy resort town situated about 110Km north of Karongi by road, 60Km west of the Gorilla-tracking base of Musanze/Ruhengeri. It's a 160Km journey to Kigali on good roads. This combination of good tourists facilities- arguably the best of any urban centre outside the capital and a seductive tropical ambience make Rubavu the idea place to chill out and relax. The views over Lake Kivu and Nyiragongo Volcano (3,470Km) to the northwest are magnificent. Split into an upper and a lower town, Rubavu today still has an excellent climate, for by virtue of its 1,500 meters above the sea level all enervating heat is banished.
The natural coolness prevalent in consequence makes a visit of this 388.3km2 area a very agreeable experience as written by Due Mecklenburg a century ago. Rubavu is the fifth-largest town in Rwanda, with a population of 110,000 and its upper town is backdropped by the Virunga volcanoes, and particularly for the lower town which is comprises a leafy and spacious laid out a conglomeration of Banks, government offices, old colonial homesteads and uppermarket hotels separated from the lakeshore by a neat park where children dive and swim, and courting couples walk hand-in-hand below shady trees. Indeed, with its red sandy beaches, mismatched architectural styles and shady palm-lined avenues, this part of Rubavu has captivating ennui of a slightly down-at-heel tropical beach resort, except that the relatively high altitude means it has a mire refreshing climate.
With a population of 40,3662(2014) Altogether more lively is the upper town, which consists of an undistinguished grid of busy roads centered around the central market but has some useful facilities for travellers, including the main bus station and several supermarkets, internet cafes, forex bureau.

GISENYI's NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Gisenyi is a town on the north shore of Lake Kivu, in northwestern Rwanda's Rubavu district. Beach resorts line the lake's sandy waterfront, and kayaks ply its clear waters. From Gisenyi, the long-distance, lakeside Congo Nile Trail winds through hilly terrain, passing villages, waterfalls and tea and coffee plantations. East of town, Gishwati-Mukura National Park's rainforests are home to chimpanzees and monkeys and of course mountain hiking.
Here are a number of exciting things to do in Gisenyi. From historical sites to cultural attractions, explore the exhaustive list of all other local attractions in Gisenyi. Discover new places to see and unique things to do nearby Gisenyi. Don't miss out on these amazing sights at Gisenyi.
Check out the list of attractions and activities to do in Gisenyi and nearby areas. It will help you to plan a perfect trip to Gisenyi. Highlights of Gisenyi includes :
Best things to do in Gisenyi and nearby areas, top attractions to visit such as historical monuments, natural attractions, adventurous and entertainment activities to do, places to eat and drink. Provided with all the things to do in Gisenyi with address, reviews, facts, photos of travellers & more.
So, we have arranged for you the natural attractions you can visit within rubavu district;

HOT SPRING

is a place where groundwater is heated by energy created by the earth. Like the springs in Warm Springs, water from hot springs is said to have many beneficial properties, but springs can also provide spectacular tourist attractions.
There are 3 different hot springs in the area and so you can choose to visit one of them on your Rwanda cultural tour since they are similarly interesting places to visit. They include Nyamyumba hot spring which is located 7km away from the Gisenyi town along the route to Kigufi. It is a very fascinating place to visit and attracts so many people more so the locals who believe that this water has got various healing powers and all you need to do is take a birth in this water.
With a local guide, you will get you to the hot springs where there are small pools of boiling water which is oozing out of the ground. But just like the case is with all the other hot springs, it is still not really clear how this water happens to be an healing agent but it is believed that this hot water oozing out is hot because of the fact that it running through a hot ground which is as a result of the high temperature caused by the Congo's active volcanoes mountains located so close by.

You can visit place any time you are in Gisenyi between the hours of 8am to 6pm to relax, swim, unwind may be and you can also get a massage from one of the trained locals. There is the hottest spot where you can boil eggs as an experiment; lots of people believe that preparing food from this water is safer than it is done at home.

The Bugarama hot springs

This place is a great detour for during a Rwanda cultural tour. Bugarama hot spring is also known as Nyakabuye hot spring lying at the bottom of a limestone quarry 60km from Cyangugu. There are usually so many local swimming in the clear water and if you are camping in a close by area, you can always go swimming in the night after all the locals have returned to their homes. This is also an amazing and really spectacular that you can visit any time you are on a Rwanda tour.
Swimming in this water has real benefits for example; this water was scientifically proved to heal muscle disorders. It contains minerals like potassium chloride, sodium calcium sulphate, chloride, lithium sulphate, and phosphate, there is magnesium chloride and a lot more in varying quantities and all these contain a lot of medicinal values that the bodies need.
The Mashyuza hot springs also called the Mashuza hot springs are in the western province. People go there for the same experience and fun as they get from the other hot springs.

ISLANDS IN RUBAVU DISTRICT

Rwanda is a land of great diversity and beauty. Popularly known as "the land of a thousand hills" with island which are astonishingly beautiful, vibrant red and among Rwanda's hidden treasures, These islands are good for fishing, swimming, lush plantations and tourism. Islands in Rwanda have been summarized to include the following;

Iwawa Island

Iwawa Island is located in the middle of Lake Kivu.The Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre (IRVDC) is found on the Island. This is a canter created by the Rwanda Ministry of Youth to address the growing problem of youth-related drug problems in the country. The center focuses on rehabilitation and cultivating sober minds and skills development such as tailoring, building and carpentry.

Idjwi Island

Idjwi is the world's tenth largest inland island, stretching 25 miles down the centre of Lake Kivu to cover an estimated area of 110 square miles. Only 2 miles wide in places, the island has a long shoreline relative to its area. The island has rugged mountains and has inadequate infrastructure hence the transport to and from the Island is by boat. Transport on the island is quite limited.
Idjwi Island is located on Lake Kivu along the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is 70 km in length and with an area of 340 km square, second largest Inland Island in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world. Population and main activities. The island has population in excess of 220,000 which is dependent on subsistence Agriculture and fishing. The main activities on the Island including the following:
1. Fishing
2. Hunting
3. Pottery
4. Subsistence Agriculture
Rwanda has more island where tourist can go and enjoy there day like gishamwana island, and it is located in kivu.

AKABAKOBWA ISLAND

This island is located in Rubavu where the America and France's methane gas Is located in kivu lake and it is an island with a long history and many tourist enjoy listen to that history because it is very interesting and it is an island which cover a history of Rwandan ladies and it is an island where ladies who has got pregnant without being married were taken to live there and by the time they was living there the Congolese men was come to get there some Rwandan ladies to the island so that they can marry them , and that is the reason why many people who live there use to speak kinyarwanda. And it is a rock island.
So Rwanda has many islands apart from these I have mention we have also Paradise Island, Kabakingi Island, chapon napoleon, Suite Island and it is also called AMAHORO ISLANDS, GIHAYA AND NKOMBO ISLANDS etc...

FISHING SPORT IN RUBAVU

Rwanda is a land-locked country with an estimated surface area of 26,338 sq. km of which 1,390 is water surface. Rwanda fishing is mostly done on Lake Kivu.
Recreational fishing; also called sport fishing, is fishing for pleasure or competition. It can be contrasted with commercial fishing, which is fishing for profit, or subsistence fishing, which is fishing for survival. This fishing sport is now than n kivu lake and tourist enjoy it because it is a recreational activity, which helps tourist to enjoy the tourist activities that are carried out on ThisLake Kivu.
So, for now WOW RWANDA HOLIDAYS is helping you guys to enjoy each and every moment you will need to spend at any given destination and every activity at that destination, so don't miss this occasion. Come and we help you to love your time! GETTING THERE AND AWAY
Buses and minibuses leave from the bus station near the DRC border and from the center of Gisenyi town at the opposite side of the Mosque. Rubavu has also one port situated in 6km from the town at Rubona and they are connected by regular minibuses that cost only 300Rwf to reach the port.
By Air
Rubavu has an airport but it's not operational now.

By Bus
Being in 60Km from Musanze and 160km from Kigali, the load is sealed and you drive for three hours from Kigali and 1hour and half from Musanze to leave this most ambient place in Rwanda. The cost is 3,000Rwf from Kigali and 1,200 Rwf from Musanze. Rubavu is also directly connected to Karongi by a 110km road to drive for 3 to 4 hours. This road offers disappointingly few glimpse of Lake Kivu despite it condition of being parallel to this beautiful lake.

MORE ATTRACTIONS IN RUBAVU

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