At Kibuye Rwanda stops being the Land of a Thousand Hills and becomes the Land of a Thousand Islands. Dotted throughout the lake are numerous small islands, little hills in their own right, which make for stunning views over the lake. Kibuye is a quiet and laid back place. It’s a place to relax, read a book and have a swim. A must is a hike along the lake: Kibuye has awesome views as the surrounding hills are interwoven with the lagoon like arms of the lake. When you hike the peninsula north of the bus station (along Home St Jean, Museum of Environment, Bethany hotel, hospital) make sure you visit the St. Pierre Church where a simple memorial remembers the 11.000 Tutsu’s, who took refuge in the church were massacred.
The ‘Land of a thousand hills’ maybe associated with the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, but it’s a surprisingly peaceful country of friendly people who are very optimistic about their country's future. If you are into mountain gorilla’s, beautiful lush green rural scenary, volcanoes, rolling hills and valleys combined with lakes and beaches - this is the place to go.