• Tom Tofield runs a bicycle shop in Gisenyi called Rwandan Adventures. He is selling 7-gear and 21-gear mountain bikes for $200 and $420 respectively. 00250 785 645 478, – 786 571 414, – 786 571 414, Mon-Fri: 09:00-11:30 and 14:00-16:30, Sat: 09:00-11:00. Facebook.
  • If you want to join a bicycle club, call Charlie at 082 527 8424. He is organizing weekly bike rides.


  • Acajou and Riveria Club have pool tables. Enjoy.

Boating (see also Kayaking):

  • If you want to buy a Congolese pirogue, the cook at Coco Jambo Maestro Lusenge can get you one for $140
  • You can no longer rent pedalos for $10/single or $15/double at Ihusi hotel.


  • There’s a great boxing school in town run by Kibomango. The German magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ featured the school in 2013 as did CNN in 2017. You can reach Kibomango at 00243 896 230 099.


  • Heavyweight vice-champion of Congo and champion of North Kivu Yannick Manda offers private boxing lessons (or in small groups). He’s available at 099 092 0755.


  • You can buy a punching bag and gloves at Go Shop (081 313 0661, 099 861 1083. Mo-Fr 8-12h, 13-16h; Sat. 8-12h).


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  • At the upscale Serena Hotel in neighboring Gisenyi, you could rent a catamaran for 16,000 RWF/1h. +250 788 200 430, +250 252 541 111, Unfortunately, it’s broken at the moment.



  • Hotel Ihusi has a climbing wall. It’s $5 for a session and $30 for a month-long subscription.




  • You can play darts at the restaurant Petit Bruxelles opposite of the MONUSCO hospital in downtown Goma.


  • MONUSCO regional headquarters: $20/month for MONUSCO staff, $40 for INGOs. Weekdays from 18-21h, Sat 10-17h and Sun from 10-16h. You can take aerobics classes on Mo, Tu, and Th from 6.30-7.30p.
  • Ihusi Hotel: $5/day or 50$/month. $15/h for a massage. The hotel is located close to the border at 140 Blvd Kanyamuhanga. Mon-Fri from 6-20h. Saturdays closed. Sundays from 11-20h. +243 (0)813 129 560,
  • Mbiza Hotel: $5/day or $50/month. Avenue du Marché, 121 Himbi. 099 440 6087,,
  • For 5000 RWF you can also work out in the gym at Serena Hotel in Gisenyi. 6-19h each day. +250 252 541111,


  • There are several football clubs in Goma. Call Yannick (082 222 7246) from the Goma Football Club (00243 817 107 544).
  • MONUSCO also has a football team.
  • You can buy boots and jerseys at Virunga Market.
  • If you want to watch football on a large TV screen in most restaurants in town.


  • The Goma Hash House Harriers are regularly organizing running, walking and socializing activities in and around Goma. It’s a lot of fun. For more, visit their Facebook page.


  • Email Timo (, who hiked from Goma to Bukavu in March 2014.

Horse riding:

  • At Mushake, you can ride horses for $20/h. They have beautiful lodges for $50/person incl. breakfast. $15/lunch & dinner. Make reservations in advance. Call Rica (00243 858 624 595) or Henri Gadot (00243 998 624 490).

Jet ski:

  • The upscale Serena Hotel in neighboring Gisenyi used to rent jet skies for 5,000 RWF/5 min or 60,000 RWF/1h. 6-17h. +250 788 200 430, +250 252 541 111, Unfortunately, they’re no longer in use.


  • Forthcoming.


  • Chalet restaurant in Himbi district is renting kayaks. Prices include $15/h/single, $20/h/double, $55/5-8h/single, $68/5-8h/double, $100/2 days, $125/month. Call Immaculee Kingombe at 099 433 9147 or Chalet at 081 945 0284.
  • For information how to rent a kayak, call John (00243 (0)99 062 2714; 00243 (0)81 365 1131) or Mike (00243 (0)99 300 0851; 00243 (0)81 231 7198; Alternatively, visit the Facebook pages Go Kayak and Kayak Kivu.
  • The Serena Hotel in Gisenyi offers kayaks for 1600 RWF/5 min. They have one single and one double.
  • Kingfisher Journeys offer several kayak trips on the Rwandan side of Lake Kivu. +250 783 811 918.

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  • For freestyle kayaking on Lake Kivu, email Timo at muellertimo2012[at]


  • Ihusi Hotel offers a full-body massage for $15/hr. Sun-fr, 11.30a-5.30p. Towels, flip-flops and locker rooms are provided. You can take a shower before and after the massage.
  • The Thai restaurant Chez Siam offers a range of options.thai-message
  • Call Christine for visits at home. 081 648 6655, 099 776 6871, 081 340 8550, 085 882 6250.
  • Emmerence: 099 424 0777.
  • Grace Musoni is giving massage at Cafe de Rome next to VIP Hotel. You can reach her at 099 470 8495.



getting around

(By Anne-France White. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter).




  • Hotels Ihusi ($10)
  • Mbiza: $8/day or $50/month. 099 124 7424,
  • Karibu: $9/day or $40/month. 099 714 4256. Many also go lake swimming at Karibu.
  • Serena Hotel in Gisenyi. 5000 RWF/day. 6-17h. +250 252 541 111,  +250 788 200 430,
  • If you want to spend a day at the beach of the Serena, you will have to pay 3,000 RWF, including towel and sun chair. For an additional 2,000 RWF, you will also get to use the pool. +250 788 200430, +250 252 541111,
  • You can also go swimming in Lake Kivu. Just be aware of Schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia, snail fever, and Katayama fever). “It is a disease caused by parasitic worms of the Schistosoma type. It may infect the urinary tract or intestines. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stool, or blood in the urine. In those who have been infected a long time, liver damage, kidney failure, infertility, or bladder cancer may occur. In children it may cause poor growth and learning difficulty. Praziquantel is the treatment recommended by the World Health Organization for those who are known to be infected [You get it at Heal Africa in Goma]. Schistosomiasis affects almost 210 million people worldwide, and an estimated 12,000 to 200,000 people die from it a year (Source: Wikipedia).”




  • You can play tennis at Ihusi Hotel in downtown Goma. If you need an instructor, call Lupe at 099 544 6232.
  • Alternatively, try Hotel Karibu in Goma’s Himbi II district with instructor Modeste, who will provide the equipment. $10/h or $40/month.099 861 1409, 099 714 4256.
  • In Gisenyi, you can play at Serena Hotel for 7,500 RWF/h. +250 252 541 111, +250 788 200430,




  • Students regularly play volleyball in front of the Institut Superieur de Commerce, ISC.


  • Roya Murphy is organizing several classes a week in Goma. You find yoga mats at Ok-Mart in town.

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