Gisenyi, with a population of approximately 250,000 is a resort city in Rubavu district on the shores of Lake Kivu in the Western Province of Rwanda.
Gisenyi neighbours Goma, the city directly across the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The northern shore of the lake on which Gisenyi and Goma lie is a flat plain featuring lava formations from the eruptions of nearby Mount Nyiragongo. In contrast to Goma, Gisenyi escaped the lava flows of both the 1977 and the 2002 eruptions that destroyed almost 40% of Goma.
The center of Gisenyi lies at the foot of hills in the northeast corner of the lake. Low-density expansion is taking place in the surrounding hills that should be safe from any future eruptions.
There are also numerous small lodges and restaurants on the shores of the lake.
Gisenyi is home to Bralirwa, the only brewery in Rwanda, which manufactures local beers Primus and Mützig, as well as Amstel, Guinness and a range of Coca Cola branded soft drinks.
Kigali Independent University and Rwanda Tourism University College (RTUC) both have a campus in Gisenyi. Private and public schools number about 30 including nursery, primary and secondary schools.