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The Iliza houseboat is berthed at one of Rwanda’s lakeside paradises – Kibuye. Located on the shores of Lake Kivu, this holiday town is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to relax and rejuvenate. The journey to Kibuye from Kigali takes you along winding roads, across the Nyabarongo River and past the famed royal Rutarerwandaba site, which has a spectacular waterfall.

After two and half hours, you descend to the lake and meet the crew of the Iliza. The houseboat is only a short drive from the centre of town, tucked away in one of the lake’s many inlets.

While the Iliza is a large boat, it’s impossible to imagine what’s inside until you see it with your own eyes. When you step up to the deck, Captain Alphonse Nsengiyumva and Stewardess Noëlla Murekatete welcome you with warm smiles. Shoes are replaced with comfy slippers and the grand tour begins.

Past the Captain’s wheel and kitchen at the front of the boat, you enter the main dining area which doubles as a fourth bedroom. That’s right, there are four bedrooms on the boat, meaning that up to eight people can easily sleep on board. There’s also a shower with hot water and a fully functioning toilet. No expense has been spared. It’s tempted to stay indoors and enjoy tea and coffee, until you realise that there’s a sundeck above. Complete with lounge chairs, it’s the perfect place to soak up the rays and watch the shoreline fade away as Alphonse takes the Iliza out onto Lake Kivu

The Iliza houseboat is berthed at one of Rwanda’s lakeside paradises – Kibuye. Located on the shores of Lake Kivu, this holiday town is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to relax and rejuvenate. The journey to Kibuye from Kigali takes you along winding roads, across the Nyabarongo River and past the famed royal Rutarerwandaba site, which has a spectacular waterfall.

After two and half hours, you descend to the lake and meet the crew of the Iliza. The houseboat is only a short drive from the centre of town, tucked away in one of the lake’s many inlets.

While the Iliza is a large boat, it’s impossible to imagine what’s inside until you see it with your own eyes. When you step up to the deck, Captain Alphonse Nsengiyumva and Stewardess Noëlla Murekatete welcome you with warm smiles. Shoes are replaced with comfy slippers and the grand tour begins.

Past the Captain’s wheel and kitchen at the front of the boat, you enter the main dining area which doubles as a fourth bedroom. That’s right, there are four bedrooms on the boat, meaning that up to eight people can easily sleep on board. There’s also a shower with hot water and a fully functioning toilet. No expense has been spared. It’s tempted to stay indoors and enjoy tea and coffee, until you realise that there’s a sundeck above. Complete with lounge chairs, it’s the perfect place to soak up the rays and watch the shoreline fade away as Alphonse takes the Iliza out onto Lake Kivu

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