Overview of Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is set overlooking one of the Africa’s Great Lakes, Lake Kivu, which is known for its lovely beaches and safe swimming waters. Lake Kivu is the perfect place to unwind after a gorilla-trekking safari at Volcanoes National Park, and it is roughly an hours’ drive between these two destinations. The breath-taking scenery from the hotel’s private shore encompasses endless waters and emerald-green mountains in the distance which are often blanketed with mist, even on a sunny day. The inviting lake shore is located just few steps beyond the hotel’s large swimming pool.

From the sandy beaches you can enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the lake, and go boating or canoeing. You can also visit Idjwi Island in the middle of the lake, visit hot springs, crystal-clear swimming areas, or try traditional night fishing. The Maisha Health Centre, which is located at the hotel, offers a range of rejuvenating relaxation and beauty therapies that are helpful in recuperating from an arduous gorilla trek. There is also a variety of sports and active adventures to enjoy including volleyball, tennis and hiking. The hotel offers comfortable and unfussy accommodation that is suitable for both families and couples.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Private beach on Lake Kivu
  • Safe & warm swimming
  • Canoeing & boating
  • Only an hour from Volcanoes National Park
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

Gorilla tracking

General Facilities

Wi-Fi, satellite television in all the rooms, as well as a newsstand allow you to stay connected to your friends and family back home. Three lively guest areas include the main restaurant, the Lake View Bar & Terrace, and the Ziwani Beach Café & Bar. Outdoor facilities include a swimming pool, deck, garden, tennis and volleyball courts. An activities club is also located on-site, allowing you convenient access to boating and canoeing on the lake. Other facilities include a gift shop and a wellness centre with a gym and massage services.

24-hour reception


Concierge service




Swimming pool

Tennis court

Wi-Fi available


Fridays are a festive celebration with lovely barbeque dinners enjoyed at Ziwani Café, which is located between the pool and the beach. The Kiyaga Restaurant is the hotel’s main dining venue, overlooking the lake and serving extensive breakfast buffets, buffet or à la carte lunch and dinners. Colourful theme nights are often held and the restaurant offers traditional Rwandan cuisine and African dishes as well as international favourites. You also have the convenience of 24-hour room service – perfect for late arrivals and quick snacks.

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Anja Naude

Anja Naude

Africa Safari Expert

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is situated right on Lake Kivu with its own stretch of beach and offers beautiful lake and surrounding mountain views! This is one of the only areas where you can partake in kayaking and canoeing on Lake Kivu, a great way to experience the beautiful scenery this incredible area has to offer!

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