Gisenyi Kayaking

Gisenyi Kayaking while Paddling out onto Lake Kivu experience the tranquility of the clear water as well as the interesting sights near to Gisenyi and look out for colonies of birds in the trees! Go fast or enjoy a gentle pace whilst enjoying the silence of the open water and watch for the many birds that dart in and out of bushes along the shoreline. The lush northern coastline of Lake Kivu between Gisenyi and Kibuye has some of the most spectacular scenery, peace and tranquility in Rwanda! Just a couple of hours from the gorillas Lake Kivu blue water is the jewel beside the Virunga volcanoes.

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Classic Lake Kivu fishing boats ply the waters at sunset, their crews singing rhythmically as a traditional way of life flourishes along the verdant shore. Numerous birds dart in and out of bushes and the active Nyiragongo Volcano can be seen rising above the surrounding hills. Our high quality, modern equipment and professional, qualified British Canoeing Paddlesport Leaders mean you can relax and enjoy the very best of Rwanda!

Gisenyi Kayaking: One day exploring Lake Kivu scenic shores

Paddling out onto Lake Kivu we find a picturesque coastline where traditional fishing boats ply the azure waters and lush, verdant hills reach up around us. Go fast or enjoy a gentle pace whilst enjoying the silence of the open water and watch for the many birds that dart in and out of bushes along the shoreline. We start from Paradis Malahide, exploring the coast, enjoying the beautiful water, scenery and interesting sights as far as a small uninhabited island where we often stop for lunch.

Alternatively, we find a shady spot under the trees on the mainland and maybe go for a walk to explore the countryside far from the tourism centres and towns. With local Rwandan guides this is a good but optional opportunity to meet local people and find out more about the challenges and rigours of their daily lives. We shall head with packed lunch for our day adventure.

Gisenyi Kayaking: Sunset kayaking trip

Meeting at 16:30 we spend about two hours exploring the coast near to the hotels, before heading back as dusk falls. We time our return so that – on the days that they are departing – we can witness the traditional fishing boats as they head off into the night, their crews singing rhythmically. One of the most spectacular events in Rwanda.

Note that fishing boats do not depart every day and whilst we do often get spectacular sunsets, we only cancel trips in the event of a thunderstorm. In the wet seasons thunderstorms disrupt the sunset on 5-10% of days, and at other times of year they can very rarely occur. If we cancel the trip due to a thunderstorm you will receive a full refund. If you’re booking a day or half-day trip you can set the date for this option on the afternoon before your trip.