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Getting to Rushel

RUSHEL KIVU LODGE is in Rutsiro district which is half way between Karongi (Kibuye) and Rubavu (Gisenyi)

There are 3 main ways to reach Rushel:

1. By Boat from Gisenyi or Kibuye - 30 minutes to 1 hour boat ride

Guests can travel to Gisenyi and park at Nirvana Hotel or Paradis Malahide hotel, or travel to Kibuye and park at EDEN Golf Hotel (lower parking). We then send a private boat for pick up. We have two types of boats:

- A fast boat that can take 6 people, about 30-40 minutes ride. A round trip is 164,000 RWF

- A lake boat that can take 10 people, about 1h - 1h20 minutes. A round trip is 120,000 RWF

2. By road 

Guests can reach Rushel with a 4x4 tall car from Kigali, by passing Gisenyi or Kibuye routes from Kigali - NOT reaching the cities:

- GISENYI / RUBAVU: Before reaching the city, you turn left on PFUNDA TEA FACTORY, heading into Rutsiro towards Karongi (Kibuye). After about 1 hour of road, passing by GISHWATI forest, you reach a small center called NKOMERO, where you turn right. You will see road signs of RUSHEL KIVU LODGE. There is 10 KM of quite rough dirt road to reach Rushel, which takes about 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the driver speed. (Please read road signs carefully)

- KIBUYE / KARONGI: Before reaching the city, you turn right at the round about in RUBENGERA city, heading into Rutsiro towards RUBAVU (Gisenyi). After about 40 minutes - 1 hour of road, passing by RUTSIRO district, you reach a small center called NKOMERO, where you turn left. You will see road signs of RUSHEL KIVU LODGE. There is 10 KM of quite rough dirt road to reach Rushel, which takes about 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the driver speed. (Please read road signs carefully)

- PUBLIC TRANSPORT: You can take buses from Kigali that go to Gisenyi or Kibuye (3,000 - 3,500 RWF). Then take the Kivu Belt Bus to reach NKOMERO (1,500 RWF). From there the easiest way is to take Motorbikes to Rushel that charge 2,000 RWF.

3. Through Adventures with our Partners

You can reach Rushel through the Congo Nile Trail, on adventures with our partners:

- Rwanda Adventures

- Uganda Trails

- Matoke Tours

- Lava Bike Tours

- Kivu Travel

To make a reservation with us email us on rushelkivu@gmail.com for inquiries, Or send us a WhatsApp message on +250788302278 or +250735887573

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