Gisenyi is a town on the north shore of Lake Kivu on the border with DR Congo (Goma) Gisenyi is coterminous with Goma, the city across the border in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Buses run many times a day between Kigali and Gisenyi (2h30 to 3h) and at least once a day between Kibuye and Gisenyi. Minibus from Gisenyi to Musanze takes about 2h , departures when full unless have a fixed schedule. Gisenyi Bus Station is located near the Petite Barriere border crossing on the main road and have bank/ATM services next to it.
Gisenyi is a small town and can easily be gotten around on foot or bike, alternatively there are hundreds of motorbike taxis around. To rent a bike or tour guide, you can visit a tourist office (Green Hills Ecotours) or book them for other tour activities such as: Kayak; boat trip; pottery experience; Coffee and tea experience.
Lake Kivu and beaches
Situated on the north of Lake Kivu, it also offers many opportunities for water sports or for excursions on the lake. The northern shore of the lake on which Goma and Gisenyi lie is a flat plain featuring lava formations from the eruptions of nearby Nyiragongo Volcano.
Gisenyi town features a resort on the shores of Lake Kivu, with the best hotels and beaches.
Volunteer,Walking & Trekking,Kayaking & Boat trip, Community based Tours, Sightseeing Tours.
While traveling in Gisenyi you can visit the tourist office of Green Hills Ecotours, they provide space to local artists to sell their crafts & arts from their office and prices are reasonable.
You can also ask for Kivu Art Gallery has a varied and colourful collection of handicrafts from the DRC, Uganda and Rwanda, including lots of Congolese masks and other wooden items as well as necklaces, paintings and basketware.
Calafia Cafe is located on the lakefront road in town near the Big Border crossing. Exquisite coffee and gourmet sandwiches, salads, smoothies, toast, tapas, baked goods, and cocktails. Great for dining in or grabbing a packed lunch for your car ride, trek up Nyiragongo, or hike.
Other good restaurants include Thai Jazz, Super Five, Paradis Malahide, and Inzu Lodge.
Gisenyi is right on the border of DRC and you can easily walk there; However, you should check what visa requirements are needed for the DRC as the rules have recently gotten much tougher. . Plane trips can be made from here to view the Nyiragongo volcano craters.To get more information; process your visa and book your trip, visit office of Green Hills Ecotours in Gisenyi or go to virunga website.