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  • Roughly 4km south of town, along a lovely lakeshore road, is the Rubona Peninsula. The peninsula is Lake Kivu at its finest. Hills rise steeply from the lake foreshore and are a patchwork of garden plots and small homesteads. The shore itself is often rocky, although there are enough sandy spots and places suitable for swimming. It's a very popular weekend destination.

  • These huge caves, 2km from the town centre along the road to Gisenyi (and also accessible from the road to Kinigi) were created when different lava flows joined to create the Albertine Rift Valley. Bat roosts are a significant feature of the caves, as are huge roof collapses that create vast arrays of coloured light shafts.The 1.25 mile long cave is home to a large bat colony.

  • During the rainy season, at the height of production, the Pfunda Tea Factory processes 60 tonnes of tea from the surrounding plantations daily. Guided tours follow the tea production from arrival of the green leaf through to the withering, cutting, drying and sorting stages, before it is packaged for shipment to Mombasa (Kenya). The factory is about 5km from town and most easily reached by moto-taxi (RFr500 for locals but you'll most likely pay double that).

  • Situated on a hill 2km from town, this fascinating museum is less about ancient history and more about royal residences. The displays centre on a replica king's 'palace' . Inclusive in the ticket price is a guided tour that helps explain some of the architectural idiosyncrasies inside the royal compound, including why the royal beer brewer's hut had an entrance without a lip, and why the woman who looked after the king's milk was never able to marry.

  • The 13 primate species which occur in Nyungwe represent something like 20-25% of the total number in Africa, a phenomenal figure which in east Africa is comparable only to Uganda's Kibale forest. Further more, several of these primates are

  • Akagera Bridge Papyrus Swamps

    The furthest downstream bridge across the Akagera River in S.E. Rwanda is between Ngoma and Bugesera Districts at 2°12'20.70"S+ 30°16'7.04"E.

    Kageyo - south of Akagera NP also another spot favorite for bird watching is SW Lake Ruhondo & Mukungwa River.


  • Get lost along the lake in Rwanda's wildest corner. The Congo Nile Trail is a trail along Lake Kivu that extends from Rubavu, continues through Rutsiro via the Karongi, Nyamasheke districts and ends at Rusizi District.

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