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Lake Kivu

Visit Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes, situated on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its name originates from a Bantu language and means “lake”.

The lake is located in the Albertine Rift, on the Western part of the East African Rift. 58% of its waters are lying in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the rest are situated in Rwanda. Its irregular shores form a number of inlets and peninsulas, and plenty of waterfalls. It’s mainly surrounded by mountains, mainly on the Northern and Western parts, with several peaks of 2800 meters or even higher. The Western shore of the lake is home to the Kahuzi Biega National Park.

kivuThe lake bed is set on a rift valley that is slowly being pulled apart. This activity has caused significant volcanism in the area, making the valley the 18th deepest in the World, with 480 meters. Lake Kivu is fed by underground springs with high concentrations of carbon-dioxide.

The tenth largest inland island on the planet, Idjwi Island, is located on Kivu Lake. The lake’s main outflow is Ruzizi River, which makes its way and flows into Lake Tanganyika, the second largest freshwater lake in the World.

The lake’s shores are densely populated. Among the main settlements around the lake we can enumerate Kabare, Goma, Bukavu and Sake in DRC, and Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyanguru in Rwanda.

Lake Kivu is Randa largest and most scenic Lake – the sort Rwandan Indian Ocean Coast of Kenya or Zanzibar in Tanzania – it is where Rwandans, Expats and Visitors to Uganda go to relax and chill out for a few days.

There is no better place to bring a safari to an end than at Lake Kivu where you can swim – there is no danger from hippos, crocodiles or even Bilharzia – you can lounge on sandy beaches and take a dip in the lake and enjoy a refreshing swim in Lake Kivu.

For most it is simply a place to relax and chill out, while other take nature walks, go birding in a boat or on land, explore some of the islands, the nearby hot springs and more.

There is a variety of hotels to enjoy from budget to exclusive up-market lodges and hotels.  The choice is yours according to what your pocketbook will allow you to spend.

Include Lake Kivu in your Rwanda Safari Itinerary – you will be glad you did – Uganda’s best place where you can relax – chill out – and yet there are many other activities you can partake in.

Relax and Chill out – Lake Kivu:

Lake Kivu – the best place to relax and chill out in Rwanda after gorilla tracking once or twice, hiking up Volcanoes, Biking or Hiking the Congo Trail, Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe National Park.

Relaxing and Chilling out along Lake Kivu is the best way to bring your Rwandan Safari  to a memorable end.

ake Kivu is the perfect place to just be instead of doing, the relax, read a book, enjoy the tropical sun, the splendid views of the Lake, the Islands, the Mountains, fishing boats, the smell of the water, the light breeze – once again – Lake Kivu the best place to relax and chill out in Rwanda – you will enjoy your time along the shores of Rwanda’s most scenic Lake – Lake Kivu.

Include Lake Kivu in your Rwanda Safari Itinerary.
Swimming in Lake Kivu – Rwanda:
There are many beautiful lakes in East and Central Africa – but most you cannot swim in  – Lake Kivu is not only a lake where you can relax and chill out, but you can swim in the Lake.

There are no hippos, crocodiles and no Bilharzia found in Lake Kivu making it the perfect lake in Africa to swim in.

Lake Kivu is the best lake in Rwanda and that includes swimming in the Lake.  The temperature at  the Lake is just right and the water is not too cold-perfect to dive in get refreshed.

Some Hotels, guest houses, lodges and other accommodations have swimming pools for you, however all you need is Lake Kivu near you to enjoy a refreshing swim.

Lake Kivu – Rwanda’s best Lake to take a swim.
Water -Sports – Lake Kivu  – Sailing – Wind-Surfing – Kayaking -Motor-Boats-Fishing:
There are lots of water sports to indulge in on Lake Kivu, from paddling to one one of the explorable island to sailing across this beautiful lake are activities that are most enjoyable for most.

You can water-ski here – go windsurfing or just go and explore the lake on a motorboat of one kind or another.

Lake Kivu is known in Rwanda and with past visitors  as a place for excellent water-sport activities that are not to be missed.

One cannot forget about fishing for some tilapia for lunch or dinner – another relaxing and enjoyable way to enjoy Lake Kivu.


Hiking and Biking -Lake Kivu

Hiking and Biking – around and near Lake Kivu:

Lake Kivu is the perfect location for 1/2 day – full day longer hikes – nature walks and bike rides.  This includes venturing out on the newly developed Nile-Congo Trail where you can hike or bike along for days – or just make it a one day experience.

You can include in your hiking and biking safaris – village visits – cultural interactions which are an enriching experience for all.

There are hills that you can climb around lake Kivu and coast back down on your bike.  Just let us know what you are interested in for your time in Lake Kivu and we will arrange it for you.

Rwanda is more than Mountain Gorillas – it is also Lake Kivu where you can relax and chill out for a few days but also partake in some stimulating activities that you will long remember after leaving Rwanda behind.

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