We have stayed in many budget accomodations in Rwanda and the Gisakura Guest House was the most disappointing.
Although there was hot water and the rooms are simple but sufficient, the whole experience here feels like a rip-off. The reason is that they charge extra fees for everything. The breakfast consists of an omelet with bread only, which is just not enough for us (and probably most other travelers who are preparing for a day in Nyungwe Forest). For additional eggs with toast you have to pay. Also, you have to pay bills for every night and every meal directly and separately.
The people that work at the guest ouse aere friendly and willing to help, but it seems they are just following instructions from the owner. Also I have to say that the guides working at the ajacent Rwanda Tourism Board are very kind and knowledgeable. They did everything to make our Waterfall Trail experience perfect.
Unfortunately there are not many better alternatives for those who want to stay in the near area. We actually found three in Gisakura:
1. Mama Kuku. Sleeping with a local family in the village, hosting up to 3 people. Ask any local how to get there RWF 10,000 for double room.
2. Vedaste. Small and simple guest house in Gisakuru town near the road. RWF 15,000.
3. Top View Hotel. Just opened luxury hotel/lodges on top of the hill with a stunning view from the restaurant, and a client base that is still small. Prices for rooms might be a little higher, but even if you don't stay, try eating here. A 3-course dinner of $15 is a welcome change after days of not so refined Rwandese food.
- Also Known As:
- Gisakura Guest House Hotel Rwanda