The Kivu Belt Region in Western Rwanda is a place of tropical montane rainforests nestled between tea and coffee plantations next to Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest lake. The Kivu Belt region stretches between Rusizi and Rubavu, each at the end Lake Kivu. Even though Rwanda is a landlocked country without a coast on its own. This does not mean that Rwanda lacks coastal resorts, beaches and islands to explore. Instead of heading towards the coast, many Rwandans head to the shores of Lake Kivu and the Kivu Belt to cool down in the hot dry season. Lake Kivu is one of the Great Lakes of Africa, dotted with islands, beaches and chilled lakeside resorts. Locals and tourists come to the shores of Lake Kivu in the Kivu Belt to relax, swim and to enjoy the lake. Even though there are many resorts and experiences that hold international standard, the Kivu Belt and Lake Kivu remains an untouched gem, still unspoiled by the reaches of mass tourism and international tourist operators. Lake Kivu still hold many unspoiled beaches, islands, towns and hidden gems waiting to be explored.

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Service Providers - Kivu Belt

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The Kivu Belt Region in Western Rwanda is a place of tropical montane rainforests nestled between tea and coffee plantations next to Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest lake. The Kivu Belt region stretches between Rusizi and Rubavu, each at the end Lake Kivu. Even though Rwanda is a landlocked country without a coast on its own. This does not mean that Rwanda lacks coastal resorts, beaches and islands to explore. Instead of heading towards the coast, many Rwandans head to the shores of Lake Kivu and the Kivu Belt to cool down in the hot dry season. Lake Kivu is one of the Great Lakes of Africa, dotted with islands, beaches and chilled lakeside resorts. Locals and tourists come to the shores of Lake Kivu in the Kivu Belt to relax, swim and to enjoy the lake. Even though there are many resorts and experiences that hold international standard, the Kivu Belt and Lake Kivu remains an untouched gem, still unspoiled by the reaches of mass tourism and international tourist operators. Lake Kivu still hold many unspoiled beaches, islands, towns and hidden gems waiting to be explored.

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    President : Paul Kagame

    Prime Minister : Édouard Ngirente

    Land area : 9,633 sq mi (24,949 sq km); total area: 10,169 sq mi (26,338 sq km)

    Population (2019 est.) : 12,626,950 (growth rate: 2.63%);

    Capital and largest city (2011 est.) : Kigali, 1.004 million

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Nyungwe forest national park is located in South western Rwanda, close to the Lake Kivu and Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Burundi border in the south. It is located near Cyangugu town, about 225km and a 4-5 hour drive from Kigali. You can either drive to the park from Kigali, or fly there. You can’t walk there though, that would take an extraordinary amount of drive and time.

Nyungwe Forest National Park lies between Huye (Butare) and Cyangugu. Impala Express and Omega Car Express buses travel between Huye (RFr4000, two hours, 90km) and Kamembe (for Cyangugu; one hour, 55km) throughout the day. Any one of these buses can drop you at either Uwinka Reception Centre or Gisakura, but in both cases they charge the full RFr4000 fare

The Journey to both Kibuye and Gisenyi is easy as no transfers are required. Purchasing tickets in advance is not necessary as buses leave about every hour.

Rwanda is located almost directly on the equator and has a tropical climate. The Kivu Belt located in the west of the country receives more rainfall than the central and the eastern parts of the country and is lush and green throughout the year. This is also why the country’s rainforests can be found here. Even though The Kivu Belt is in the tropics the elevation keeps the temperature at a constant pleasant with temperatures around 25°C during the day and 15-20°C during the night. When to visit Rwanda is not entirely determined by whether it is raining or not as there are benefits of having both rains and dry weather.

For current weather in Rwanda, visit the Rwanda Metereology Forecast

Sturdy clothing and solid walking shoes. In case of rain, gaiters and a lightweight waterproof will come in useful.

Please limit baggage to two items per person and always use soft bags rather than suitcases. In specific cases i.e. for internal flights, luggage may be limited to 15kg per person, please see the ‘Getting Around’ section

Please note taking thin plastic bags into Rwanda is prohibited and your luggage may be searched upon arrival. To be honest this is a good thing as prior to the ban, one-time use plastic bags plagued city streets and threatened the delicate environment. Today, Rwandan cities are almost litter-free and some of the cleanest in Africa!

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