A waterfront town on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rubavu is an hour away from the Volcanoes National Park, and makes a good stopover on the way to or from Nyungwe, or somewhere to relax after gorilla tracking.


Rubavu, as well as other spots along Lake Kivu, has red sandy beaches, warm, clean water and an easygoing tropical character. It is a great place to unwind, soak up the tranquil vibe, watch the birds and enjoy various watersports.

Inland, old colonial buildings stand on palm-lined avenues, kept company by various banks, hotels and offices.

The city marks the beginning of the Congo Nile Trail, which extends 227km south to Rusizi. The trail can be enjoyed on foot or by mountain bike, with endless lake views, friendly hamlets, fishermen at work and women clothed in striking prints going about their daily lives.

With many tea and coffee plantations around Rubavu, as well as bird and primates to see in the new Gishwati-Mukura National Park, the area has something for everyone.

Our Lady of Kibeho, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows of Kibeho, is a Catholic title of the Mary, mother of Jesus, based on the Marian apparitions reported in the 1980s



Rubavu District is one of the 7 districts of the country‟s western province. It has a total surface area of 388.3 Km2. It is bordered in the east by Nyabihu District, west and north by the Democratic Republic of Congo and south by Rutsiro district and is 152 km from city of Kigali.
The distance between Kigali and Rubavu District is 86 km. The road distance is 140.2 km. How long does it take to get from Kigali to Rubavu District? It takes approximately 2h 7m to drive 140.2 km from Kigali to Rubavu District.

Gilbert Habyarimana has been elected new Rubavu District Mayor garnering 91 percent of the vote against 8.2% from his competitor, Jean d’Arc Usabinema, in the Friday elections.



nyungwe national park

One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful.

gishwati mukura national park

Rwanda’s fourth national park, Gishwati Mukura is made up of two separate forests


Kibeho Parish has been a global pilgrimage destination for Roman Catholics


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