Lake Kivu

the country’s largest body of water

A glimmering expanse lying on Rwanda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lake Kivu is the country’s largest body of water. This peaceful oasis is the ideal retreat where you can swim, relax and soak up some dazzling scenery.

Measuring approximately 50 km wide and 90 km long, Lake Kivu also ranks in the top 20 of the world’s deepest freshwater lakes. Enclosed by steep hills, the lakeside is dotted with three charming resort towns – Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu.

Kibuye’s eucalyptus covered hills and deep turquoise waters are simply stunning. Get an insight into Rwanda’s rural life as you glide by lakeside villages on a boat excursion, or wander down to the shoreline to admire the picturesque mountainous landscape.

Gisenyi boasts particularly beautiful beaches, and is a popular spot for Rwandan holidaymakers and travellers alike. It was a colonial beach resort in days gone by, but today offers some lovely hotels, crumbling mansions and lively bars.
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