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LaBella Lodge
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Living in Canada all my life, I sometimes forget about the beauty of my motherland.. Even though I have lots of family and friends I can spend my vacation with, I decide to stay at LaBella Lodge. This place has become like my second home... The owner Jamila has made my stay as comfortable and peaceful as can be. The lodge being located on natural land makes it an organic environment. The food is AMAZING! Like nothing I have ever tasted.. Freshest fruits and vegetables you can ever find. Organic coffee and tea every morning, friendliest staff and spectacular rooms. Everything is fresh and clean, no complaints what so ever!

Room Tip: The rooms with wide open windows really allow you to hear all the natural surroundings..
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

I have visited La Bella on Sep 2012, the place is amazing the location is strategic and the rooms are very clean, and the food is really nice. La Bella is a perfect place for a couple or a family getway in Gisenye. The owner Jamila she is soo friendly and she is very good in hospitality of the gueast. I fully recommend La Bella for couples and families so private clean and the view of Lake Kivu is wounderful.

Room Tip: All rooms are good and facing Lake Kivu
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

I first visited LaBella 4 years ago quite by accident but now visit 3-4 times a year. For me LaBella is the perfect antidote to a stressful job in London. It is far enough away from the busy town of Gisenyi (7km) to be calm and relaxing but close enough for convenient travel links and if you need, the boarder of DRC.
LaBella is situated right on Lac Kivu in absolutely stunning natural gardens, this is totally in keeping with the ambiance of the place, Nothing is contrived, it just feels peaceful and relaxing.
The rooms have a balcony/terrace and are large light and clean with hot water the rooms all face the lake. Labella caters to all tastes in food from European to Indian to African.
The crown Jewell though is the owner Jamila, A more hospitable wonderful woman you will not find ! nothing is too much trouble and she is also a mine of information for those of you looking to cross for business or pleasure in to the DRC.
I'm already counting the days until I can go back

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Nathan T
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I have spent several days in La Bella Lodge, an amazing place on the Kivu Lake. A small hotel is directly facing the lake and has its own private beach. The staff is very polite and ready to assist. Food is very tasty: European and African cuisine. Rooms are neat and clean, hot water and electricity 24 hours. Guided tour over Gisenyi on taxi/motorbikes and boat tour along the coastal line. Madam Jamila is excellent Amphitryon and full of hospitality. She also has good connections in the neighbouring Goma.

J'adore cet endroit et nous reviendrons l'année prochaine. Merci beau!

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

I have wisit La Bella when it just had started to in 2009 and now in 2012. It is as good as it can be as a small privet hotel at lake Kivu. Good rooms, the lake is good for swimming and romatic surrendings, easy to go to Congo also to se the mess on the Congo side. The only negativ is the transport, you need a taxi/bus to go there or a car. Jamilla can arrange so you are picked up.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

la bella is awesome....a quiet and scenic place to relax and unwind...jamilla the owner of the lodge is charming and gracious.rooms are clean and well maintained...food is good jamilla can organise a lot of activities for the travellers

Room Tip: all rooms have a good view the place is overall quiet
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

We found LaBella driving around seeing what was in Gisenyi. It is a steep drive down and then a walk to the Lodge, but we had one of the best breakfasts in Africa. Jamila, the owner, told us about the area and we went for a swim in Lake Kivu. She has five rooms and the scenery is amazing.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Address: Rubona, Gisenyi, Rwanda
Location: Rwanda > Western Province > Gisenyi
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Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Gisenyi

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