Of all the beach resorts strung along Lake Kivu’s picturesque eastern shore, Kibuye is the one that steals the show. It’s the idyllic setting that does it: low hills cloaked with pines and eucalyptus trees sloping down to the sparkling water on an exuberantly zigzagging slice of coastline. From its perfectly positioned, appealingly low-key lodges, hotels and guesthouses, you can gaze out over bays studded with tiny islands, watch the non-stop parade of every kind of boat and revel in the changing colours as the sun dips towards the watery horizon.
All this natural loveliness is what makes Kibuye – officially now Karongi, though the new name is yet to stick – such a magnet for visitors and Rwandans alike. Travellers enjoying downtime between wildlife treks can mingle on the beaches, in and on the water and in the laidback eateries with urbanites making the most of their free time, and the encounters it throws up could become some of your most cherished memories.
If unwinding in Kibuye sounds appealing, our destination specialists are on hand to arrange your room with a view and some suitably easy-going adventures.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Vicki, who's travelled extensively in Rwanda. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the guides who track mountain gorillas day and night to ensure you get the best sightings, the Kigalians who'll give you a real insight into their vibrant city and the coffee-growers who'll tutor you in the art of tasting.
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