Forming the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lake Kivu is a stunningly beautiful body of water, which adds to the enchantment and excitement of any holiday in Rwanda.
The typical rolling hills of Rwanda are complemented by the views over to the DRC, where the mountains of this central African country rise above the horizon.
The main tourist town of Gisenyi, which is only a 2 hour drive from Volcanoes National Park, is a bustling trading centre which supports the neighbouring town of Goma, across the border in the DRC. The country border separating the two towns is a volcanic rock wall, while Mount Niyragongo, an active volcano, guards over them with its smoldering peak.
At night, the red glow of the volcano can be seen, while the drive from Volcanoes National Park allows fantastic views of smoke rising into the African sky.
Highlights of Lake Kivu include:
While Lake Kivu cannot be considered a true "beach" location in the terms of somewhere like Zanzibar, it does offer a unique and memorable way to relax at the end of a safari.
The laid back attitude of the Rwandese and the beautiful lake scenery allow you to just chill out and watch life in the centre of Africa pass you by.
Watersports and Boat Cruises
Although fairly dependent on what equipment is currently working or available at the time, watersports such as windsurfing, jetskiing, fishing and swimming are available at Lake Kivu.
Little bays and the beautiful shoreline can be explored on a boat cruise, while fishing excursions can also be arranged.