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Reviewed March 25, 2019

Lake Kivu is an awesome place to relax and regroup yourself after some busy days. It's a happy place. Paradis Lodge is a great place with individual chalets. Food in restaurant is good. We also enjoyed the cultural dancers that entertained us during the evening.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

I visited lake Kivu with a friend in February. It was an incredibly tranquil spot. We stayed on the waters edge in a charming hotel, Malahide, were the staff were friendly. We went on a day long kayak trip and went to the hot springs,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kate S
Reviewed March 1, 2019

We were lucky that our guesthouse contacted Claude to take us on a beautiful boat ride around the islands of Lake Kivu. The next day he took us on a little walking tour around the town of Kibuye. It was interesting to see how the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 10, 2019

I loved being at Lake Kivu as it is the most beautiful lake I have seen. Nestled in the mountains. Great islands to visit. Boating on the lake is calm and peaceful.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 21, 2019

If you're looking for a place to get away from Kigali and enjoy some relative peace and quiet, I highly recommend spending a few days and nights near Lake Kivu. You can stay in Gisenyi or Kabuye, at any number of guesthouses, hotels, and a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 4, 2019

We spent a wonderful afternoon boating around the lake, stopping to see monkeys, bats, gardens and also had a short walk to the top of the bat island for an excellent 365 degree view. Our guide was a nice local man called Claude. He not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Jess B
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

I boat ride out to the islands of Lake Kivu is a must do if your in Kabuye. We were able to feed the monkeys on one island, see the bats on another and check out amazing views across the lake. We saw otters and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Tge ambient was good and reception pretty quicker than the usual.it is a place to be when you want to get away from the troubles and worries of modern civilizations.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

There is a small hot spring on one side of lake Kivu which is near Gisenyi, right across from many of the hotels along the lakeside. It is very rudimentary, with cement bags stacked around the pools to make them deep enough. The hot spring...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Upon reading the review and recommendation of previous reviewer Scullyster, I called his cell number and contacted Choban for a cruise of the lake. Things were pretty much as described and on point as previous reviews. I think one big reason to come to Kibuye...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Thomas John C | Reviewed this property |
Take the public bus from Kigali. Buses are excellent. Several different companies. I used Capital express I think. About 3 dollars for a ticket. 3 hour ride from Kigali to Kibuye. Roads are safe, drivers are safe. Timetables... More
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