Looking to get out of town for the weekend? Rent a bike and hit the highway.
Here's some suggestions for weekend adventures.
Lake Cyohoha lies on the southern border of Rwanda, looking out across Burundi. This trip takes 2-3 hours an you can either off-road it if you're feeling confident, or take the new paved highway if you want a smoother ride. There is a campsite on Lake Cyohoha which can provide tents if you contac them in advance. You can stop off at Bugesera Lodge on the way back for lunch.
Lake Muhazi is about an hour out of town. It's a beautiful place to spend the weekend, either in our lakeside Airbnb or camping at Vox Wagon Campsite next door, where old vehicles have been converted into unique beds. There's also The Fish Pub just up the road for beer and brochettes, or fresh lake tilapia.
Kibuye is one of the most beautiful areas in Rwanda. Situated on the shore of Lake Kivu, it is the perfect weekend retreat for contemplation and quiet time. We recommend Rwiza Village, a set of wooden cabins looking out across the lake, or Hotel Bethany on the water. You can hire a boat and visit Amahoro Island (Peace Island) or the colony of fruit bats on Napoleon Island. Stop off at Chutes Ndaba waterfall along the way. This is a 3.5 hour ride along paved roads, with a little off-roading at the very end.
Gisenyi is a border town between Rwanda and DRC in the north-west of the country. It is an extremely popular weekend get-away from Kigali, boasting beach-side bars, a tiki boat (floating bar), and an amazing infinity pool looking out over Lake Kivu. If you're up for glamping, we recommend Inzu Ecolodge on a budget and Paradise Malahide if you have a little more money to spend. There are two routes there, one around 3.5 hours, the other 4.5. You can take one road there and the other coming back. Both are well paved and comfortable.