Three resort towns Rubavu (former Gisenyi), Karongi and Rusizi sit along the littoral of Lake Kivu at the western edge of the country. Rubavu is the most developed of the three and lays less than an hour's drive from Volcanoes National Park. It is set on a sandy beach lined with swaying palms, modern and colonial-era hotels that exude an atmosphere of tropical languor.
Tourists enjoy leisurely strolls along the main beach; local cuisine overlooking the water and the cityscape on the verandas of the numerous hotels; delicious freshly caught fish and evening bonfires at the Paradis Malahide hotel; and volleyball games and water sports, or for those in need of relaxation, a private massage all on the beach of the Lake Kivu Serena. Munezero, a luxury tourist boat can be boarded in Rubavu to guide tourists along Lake Kivu’s shores.