Top things to do in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Top Choice Cafe in Gisenyi (Rubavu)


Four words: not to be missed. On the lakefront road near the DRC border, this wonderful conversion of an impressive mansion now hosts a superb cafe that is passionately run by a group of expat friends. Delicious san…
Landmark in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Rubona Peninsula

Roughly 6km south of town (about RFr1000 by moto-taxi), along a lovely lakeshore road, the Rubona Peninsula is Lake Kivu at its finest. Hills rise steeply from the lake foreshore and are a patchwork of garden plots …
Beach in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Gisenyi Public Beach

The strip of sand beneath the main town is a justifiably popular place to take a dip. That said, some travellers imagining Caribbean sands are disappointed to discover the waters are grey-green and the sand coarse a…
Factory in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Pfunda Tea Estate

During the rainy season, at the height of production, the Pfunda Tea Factory processes up to 90 tonnes of tea from the surrounding plantations daily. Guided tours follow the tea production from arrival of the green …
International in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Bistro Restaurant & Wine Garage

This sassy eatery not far from the beach has an outdoor patio and becomes atmospheric at night. There's a small selection of well-executed dishes, including beef or tilapia (Nile perch) fillet, burgers with chips, b…
Beer Garden in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

New Tam-Tam Bikini

While we don’t know who came up with the name, we can vouch for the great beachfront location. This beach shack is a very popular spot for a beer and gets pleasingly raucous on the weekends when the drinking crowd r…
International in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Lakeside Restaurant & Beach Bar

This hip and classy lakefront resto-bar is as adept at serving up light bites as it is heartier meals. The menu is eclectic and inventive, and the breezy, sunset-friendly deck overlooking the beach is very atmospher…
Arts & Crafts in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

African Art Gallery

This small curio store has a varied and colourful collection of handicrafts from the DRC, Uganda and Rwanda, including lots of Congolese masks and other wooden items as well as necklaces, paintings and basketware.
Market in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Main Market

If you have half an hour to spare, make a beeline for the main market, which lies right in the centre of town. It's small but atmospheric. Alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, stalls sell clothes as well as various…
Arts & Crafts in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Presbyterian Church Rwanda – Bethany

Has a craft shop selling banana-leaf cards, stuffed toys and colourful handbags to raise money for local women's groups.