Lake Kivu

A visit to Lake Kivu is most preferred in the sunny seasons in Rwanda and positioned at the boarder of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo in the Albertine rift valley. Lake Kivu has an outlet of River Ruzizi to lake Tanganyika. It’s one of the greatest lake for relaxing and tourists can involve in the activities along the shores of lake Kivu. Travelers engage in different activities on lake Kivu which may include;

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Hiking and Biking on slopes of nearby hills.

Hikers and bikers prefer this places due to the existing hills and at times they can do nature walks . Visitors engage in the local activities such as fishing, digging, collecting water and firewood for cooking. Later in the evening they involve in the cultural dances and songs. This adds on the memorable experience in Rwanda. This can be taken as an additional activity or safari for honey moon due to the cool breezes.

Boat Cruising.

Boat cruising is done on fresh waters by the locally made canoes or engine boats. Cruising is done as visitors have a glaze on different bird species and Islands. Relaxing at the shores freshens as you feel home away from home and end up forgetting the stressing problems. There are many activities that can be done on the cool blue waters which include Water sports, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing, paddling and enjoying a motor boat on the lake.


Lake Kivu has no harmful wild water animals such as crocodiles, hippos and bilharzia. The cool temperature during hot days makes it admirable to jump in and swim.  The beaches along L. Kivu has fine sand that favors games like volleyball, Netball and many more. Best swimming spots are towns like Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu.

Nyamirundi Island Tour.

This Island is near one of the greatest town, Gisenyi and maing do coffee growing and processing. Coffee growers summarize the process for planting, harvesting and processing it further more in to final products locally. At the end of it all, you have a taste of locally made coffee.  The island provides a clear spectacular view of the terraced rolling hills of coffee and banana.

A visit to the Imbabazi Orphanage.

The orphanage was set up by the late Rosamond Carr to take care of the children who were left orphans by the terrible Rwandese genocide. Carr had lived in Rwanda for some time and was a close friend to Dian Fossey a mountain gorilla conservationist.

During the genocide, the orphanage had to be moved from one place to another due to insecurity reasons however after the genocide in 1994, it was permanently moved back to Gisenyi and at that time the orphanage was a home to over 400 orphans. The orphanage was reconstructed and well built and today it has beautiful gardens, has a restaurant that prepares classic and standard food and also provides great views of the Virunga volcanoes in the background.

Water Sport Games.

The water waves of Lake Kivu enable water sport games such as windsurfing, kayaking, speed boat rides and sport fishing. Though the equipment are hired around the towns you’ve chosen for sporting.

Contact us to plan a visit to Lake Kivu in Rwanda.