Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Location: Situated close to the town of Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Rooms: 66 comfortably furnished guest rooms with air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities DSTV and wifi access. Each room also has a private balcony with views of either the lake or the gardens.

Facilities: In addition to the hotel restaurant and two bars, the hotel has a large swimming pool in the colourful gardens and fronts on to a long beach which runs along the lake. Massages and a fitness centre are also available.

Activities: Hotel activities include tennis and watersports such as catamaran sailing and jet skiing.

Children: Children are welcome.

Our Opinion: Located on the private palm-lined beach of Lake Kivu, the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers a good base for a relaxing stay, as well as for exploring the local area around Gisenyi. Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake, and the sixth largest lake in Africa. Gisenyi (also referred to by its new name Rubavu) is a large town spread over several hills on the northern edge of the lake. Once a Belgian colonial beach resort, Gisenyi’s waterfront is lined with faded old mansions.




A Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever vaccination required if arriving from an endemic area.

Time Difference

GMT + 3 Hours

Flight Time

10hrs Indirect


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