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Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Discover Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is set on the sandy banks of Lake Kivu just outside of Gisenyi. With the Virunga Volcanoes providing a charming backdrop, the hotel boasts a private beach, excellent facilities and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The property is around a 20-minute flight from Kigali International Airport followed by a short car journey and is also close enough to the Volcanoes National Park to act as a comfortable rest stop after gorilla trekking. Lake Kivu is vast and the 6th largest lake in Africa, as such it is an excellent playground for water-based activities, with fishing and boating on offer.

The hotel provides a choice of 66 rooms and luxury suites. There is also a good restaurant, that boasts al fresco dining and stunning panoramas, a swimming pool and a health center offering various treatments.

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Expert View

  • Private beach with safe swimming on Lake Kivu
  • Canoeing, jet skiing, cycling, lake fishing and boating
  • Beach BBQs, poolside BBQs and evening sundowners
  • 23 Family Rooms and babysitters

At a glance

  • 66 Rooms
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • Family Rooms
  • Full Board

Our sustainable tourism rating

We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"Rwanda may be a landlocked country, but this lake-side resort offers a great opportunity to enjoy water-sports and some beach time, particularly following a strenuous gorilla tracking adventure. It is less than 2 hours drive from Volcanoes National Park."

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  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
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