Mantis Kivu Queen uBuranga sets sail on Lake Kivu

On 14 December 2023 at 01:38

Mantis Kivu Queen uBuranga, the luxurious houseboat, has been opened to welcome guests for captivating voyages along Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s renowned waterways. This spectacular lake, forming Rwanda’s western boundary, is famed for its fishing industry and preservation of traditional Rwandan methods. As the first-of-its-kind vessel to navigate the region, the houseboat sails from Gisenyi to Nyamasheke and vice versa, offering a gateway for travelers to explore Rwanda’s treasures.

Featuring 10 cabins, including two executive suites and two deluxe cabins, the Mantis Kivu Queen uBuranga provides guests with a comfortable and luxurious experience. Onboard amenities include a restaurant, bar, plunge pool, jacuzzi, and various outdoor spaces, allowing guests to relax while enjoying breathtaking vistas.

Craig Erasmus, Vice President Operations Sub Saharan Africa for Fairmont and Mantis, describes the experience as an extraordinary blend of luxury, exploration, and conservation against the backdrop of Lake Kivu’s beauty and ecological significance. The houseboat aligns with Mantis, Accor’s conservation and sustainability brand, reflecting a commitment to environmental value and community development.

The two-night/three-day itinerary offers an all-inclusive package with opportunities to add unique experiences, such as gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park or encountering chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. Other activities include excursions to local fishing communities, exploring hiking trails, kayaking in pristine waters, and bird watching.

Guests can also explore smaller islands in Lake Kivu, including Napoleon Island, Teddy Bear Island, Monkey Island, and Peace Island. Stephane Castell, Regional Manager for Mantis Rwanda, expresses excitement that travelers can now witness mountain gorillas and chimpanzees without enduring long road trips. Additionally, the connection to other Mantis properties in the region allows guests to further explore Rwanda’s diverse offerings.

Mantis, a leading conservation-focused hotel group, offers curated hotels, eco-lodges, and waterway experiences worldwide. With a commitment to responsible tourism, conservation, and adventure, Mantis creates unique travel experiences that respect the environment and local communities. Part of Accor, Mantis stands out for its exceptional destinations and experiences that defy expectations and leave a lasting impression on guests.