The luxurious Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is set within attractive gardens overlooking its own private beach on the banks of the vast Lake Kivu – one of Africa’s Great Lakes. It is close to the lakeside resort of Gisenyi, which is renowned for the Lake’s very best sandy shores.

The property’s elegant guest rooms each feature a private balcony overlooking the Lake – perfect for romantic evening sundowners and canapés.

Guests can partake in a host of sport activities and excursions, or simply unwind in this beautiful setting around the lovely swimming pool or on the beach. To fully aid relaxation, a variety of beauty treatments is available at the hotel’s Maisha Health Centre.

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel provides a high standard of accommodation and service in a peaceful and attractive setting – an idyllic retreat to escape to after trekking through Rwanda’s volcanoes and rainforest.


Lake Kivu Serena Hotel has 66 luxury rooms, suites and family rooms all with contemporary furnishings and en suite facilities. A lovely feature of every room is a private, furnished balcony with wonderful views over the Lake.

All rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite television, WiFi, tea / coffee making facilities, private safe, telephone, hairdryer and 24 hour Room Service. The Suites also have a seating area, minibar and extra w.c.


Guests can relax by the swimming pool and in the gardens, or for the more active the Maisha Health Centre offers a range of sport and watersport activities.

The Kiyaga Restaurant has lovely views over the swimming pool and private beach towards the Lake and offers a buffet breakfast, buffet / a la carte lunch and dinner. Food is of an excellent standard with a fusion of African and International cuisine. The Lake View Bar & Terrace provides the perfect laid-back venue for a drink with a view, and the beachside Ziwani Cafe & Bar has regular barbecues, live music and entertainment.


Swimming in the freshwater lake is safe and there is a broad range of water-based activities such as boating, and fishing).

Other activities include volley ball and tennis, guided hikes, treks, boat trips and tours to the local fishing villages. Guests can also simply take a stroll around the pretty town of Gisenyi.

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