About Karongi

The hidden gem resort of Karongi; formerly known as Kibuye, is another town on the shores of Lake Kivu, about three and half hours’ drive from Kigali and one hour drive from Rubavu.
Viewed as an ideal romantic and relaxing resort, Karongi offers lakeside recreation, tea and coffee experiences, modern sports activities and a visit to the Congo Nile Divide watershed. The moving Bisesero Genocide Memorial, the ‘Memorial of Resistance’, a site of killing of over 40,000 victims during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda is located just one hour drive from Karongi town.

Lake Kivu

Embrace the beauty of Lake Kivu, a serene gem shared between Rwanda and the DRC. Nestled within the Great Rift Valley and the Albertine rift eco-region, this enchanting lake spans over 2,700 square kilometres and sits at an elevation of 1,460 meters above sea level. Experience the allure of boat rides as just one of the many activities this breathtaking destination has to offer.

Night Fishing

Discover the magic of Night Fishing on Lake Kivu, a beloved pastime in the region. Fishermen venture out on boats ingeniously constructed from three wooden vessels secured by smaller poles. Guided by the soft glow of gas lanterns, they entice small Isambaza or Tanganyika sardines into their nets. Join in on this unique experience as some fishermen graciously welcome tourists and visitors on board.

Karongi Environmental Museum

Delve into the wonders of the Karongi Environmental Museum, a captivating institution near the shores of Lake Kivu. This museum spans two floors and boasts a traditional herbal medicine garden on the rooftop. Explore exhibits that focus on both renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, offering insights into sustainable practices.

Gatwaro Genocide Memorial

Pay your respects at the Gatwaro Genocide Memorial, a poignant tribute inaugurated in 2019. This solemn site stands on the grounds of the former Gatwaro stadium, where the Rwandan genocide in 1994 witnessed unimaginable tragedy. Visit to honor the memory of those lost and to stand as a symbol of remembrance.

Bisesero Genocide Museum

Bisesero Genocide Museum serves as a heartfelt commemoration of the tragic events of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, which claimed the lives of 40,000 people. The museum comprises nine small structures, each representing one of the nine communes that once constituted the province of Kibuye. It stands as a testament to the past and a beacon for a more harmonious future.

Gisovu Tea Estate

Savor the charm of Gisovu Tea Estate, nestled in the picturesque Karongi district. Renowned for its exquisite black CTC tea, this estate is enveloped by pristine rows of tea bushes, creating a striking contrast with the lush natural forest that frames the background. Experience the tranquility and enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed tea from this splendid estate.