Kibuye

Travel Guide Africa Rwanda Kibuye

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Introduction

Kibuye is a small town on the shore of Lake Kivu in Rwanda with some stunning views of the lake. It is becoming popular with local tourists.

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Sights and Activities

There are some small beaches and some boat trips are offered.

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Getting There

By Bus

There are buses from Kigali, Gisenyi and Cyangugu, some leaving from the bus terminal, others having only a short stop at a petrol station nearby.

By Boat

There is now a ferry from Kibuye going to Gisenyi. the ferry departs every Tuesday and Friday at 12 noon. the cost of a ticket from Kibuye to Gisenyi is Rwf 2,500 there is also a ferry from Kibuye going to Cyangugu the ferry departs every Wednesday and Sunday at 10:00am. the cost of the ticket from Kibuye to Cyangugu is Rwf 3,500 the ferry has been working as from March 2014.

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Getting Around

Walking or taking a moto (motorcycle or scooter) are your options.

Moto prices: From Kibuye town to most of the hotels listed should cost around 500RWF. From Kibuye town to KHI Nyamishaba - college campus with good internet and computers - 400 RWF.

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Eat

All hotels have a restaurant with decent food. Again, eating at the hotels will be more expensive than eating in Kibuye town at a local establishment. Prices range from 2,000 to 10,000 RWF

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Drink

All hotels offer drinks at slightly elevated rate and with a slightly better selection or variety than you'll find in Kibuye town. If you go into town you can find a number of local bars offering local prices for local beers - mainly Primus, Mutzig, Skoal and Turbo King.

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Sleep

  • The Home Saint Jean has a reasonable dorm and more expnsive rooms and a good restaurant with a fantastic view of the lake. Walk from the bus stop about 1 kilometre northeast to the lake. tel: +250 784 725 107.
  • Saint Marie offers rooms from 3500 RWF a night. 250 08742303 or 250 03019526
  • Light House Guest House. (downtown Kibuye). double with own bathroom and tv Rwf 10,000.
  • Mulberry Guest House (close to the old market and bus station), ☎ +250 72-6326290. single/double with outside bathroom and net. Ffr 4,000/5,000.
  • Romantic Lodge (downtown Kibuye.). double room with own bathroom. Rfr 10,000.
  • Best Western Eco Hotel (Downtown where the buses from Kigali stop.). Not related to the hotel chain. Has an outseide restaurant in the garden with free Wifi. from 15,000 RWF (as of 12/2013).
  • Moriah Hill Resort, ☎ +250 252 56 86 67. Probably the nicest (and most expensive) place to stay in Kibuye. $100.

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Learn

The Kigali Health Institute (KHI) has its smaller campus located in a part of Kibuye called Nyamishaba. The school offers the best internet access in town and the computers and internet are available for a nominal fee.

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Keep Connected

Internet

You can find internet cafes in Kigali and some smaller cities and towns. Wifi is on the rise in some places as well, although connections outside Kigali are rather erratic at times.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

You can use your own cell phone in Rwanda, but avoid data roaming as it usually means extremely high costs for using the internet. Keep phone calls to a minimum or instead buy a local SIM card which means considerably lower prices for calling and using the internet.

Post

Office national des postes is the company responsible for postal service in Rwanda. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to noon and 2:00 to 4:00pm, though regional variations apply. The one in Kigali generally keeps longer hours. Check with your accommodation for other options to send letters and postcards, as shops or hotels might sell stamps as well and can help you to post things. Services are fairly reliable though slow and for sending parcels it might be a good idea to check options with companies lik DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx.

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