Mantis Kivu Queen uBuranga Now Welcoming Guests

Kivu Queen uBuranga is located on Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, complete with 10 well-appointed cabins

The new luxury houseboat offers a gateway to connect and explore Rwanda’s treasures

Kigali, Rwanda – The luxury houseboat, Mantis Kivu Queen uBuranga, is now ready to welcome guests aboard for voyages along one of Africa’s great waterways, Lake Kivu. This magnificent lake forms Rwanda’s western boundary and is renowned for its fishing industry, preserving the traditional methods of the Rwandan people. The vessel is the first of its kind to sail the region, traversing the lake South Bound from Gisenyi to Nyamasheke and North Bound from Nyamasheke to Gisenyi, it serves as a gateway for travellers to explore Rwanda’s treasures.

The houseboat offers 10 cabins, including two executive suites and two deluxe cabins. The vessel also has a restaurant and bar, a plunge pool, jacuzzi and various outdoor spaces where guests can relax and enjoy captivating vistas.

“The Mantis Kivu Queen uBuranga promises an extraordinary experience that marries luxury, exploration and conservation against the background of Lake Kivu, celebrated for its beauty and ecological significance. On their voyage, guests will have the opportunity to explore the region while immersing themselves in a range of activities that encompass Mantis’ core values: celebrating locality, sustainable adventures and conservation.” said Craig Erasmus, Vice President Operations Sub Saharan Africa for Fairmont and Mantis.

As the Kivu Queen uBuranga is part of Mantis, Accor’s conservation and sustainability brand, the vessel has been created to add value to the environment and communities living along the lake. As part of a flexible, all-inclusive, two-night/three-day itinerary, guests will have the opportunity to add more experiences such as visiting the renowned mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park or trekking into Nyungwe National Park to encounter the chimpanzees. Other experiences include excursions to local fishing communities to learn their traditional fishing techniques, exploring subtropical hiking trails, kayaking through the pristine waters and bird watching. Guests can also explore the smaller islands dotting Lake Kivu, including Napoleon Island, Teddy Bear Island, Monkey Island and Peace Island.

Stephane Castell, Regional Manager for Mantis Rwanda, said: ‘We are thrilled that, for the first time, travellers to Rwanda will be able to see the mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and the chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park without having to endure an arduous six-hour road trip. We are also pleased to connect travellers to our other three properties in the region: Mantis Akagera Game Lodge (within Akagera National Park, Eastern Province), Mantis Kivu Marina Bay Hotel (in Rusizi, Western Province) and Mantis EPIC Hotel & Suites (in Nyagatare, Eastern Province).”


There are two ways in which guests can board the vessel: either a road transfer to Rubavu (Gisenyi) or Rwesero (Nyamasheke).


Mantis Kivu Queen uBuranga has the 2023 all-inclusive opening Rwanda residents offer from 3 December 2023 – 9 January 2024. To book, contact



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