Emmanuel Nkusi, a resident of Kigali, is into the habit of hitting the road on weekends especially during summer and at the end of the year, heading to the northwestern city of Rubavu, popularly known as Gisenyi, for relaxation.
Like many people, he loves winding off on the sandy beaches of Gisenyi with friends and sometimes hits the sassy eateries on the lakeshores to enjoy the Nile Perch and local delicacies.
Gisenyi is unofficially Rwanda’s resort city.
“I don’t think any summer can pass without going to Gisenyi. The city is cool,” he says. “I honestly can’t think of any place that at least can be compared with what the city offers.”
Nkusi particularly loves the vibrant nature of the city, lake tours, and the nightlife.
“But I would say you don’t have much more than that, so you are compelled to spend a few days; maybe a weekend. There’s literally no camping sites, no modern boats, and no other touristic places to go,” he says.
In a bid to appeal to people like him, Rubavu District is embarking on a plan to expand tourism offering in the district to position itself as a more attractive destination.