Visit Lake Kivu Rwanda – Largest Rift Valley Lake

Lake Kivu is found in Rwanda it borders Rwanda from the west, flows southwest into Lake Tanganyika, and 58% of water lies in Democratic Republican of Congo.

With its huge fresh water lake which lies along the Africa’s Great Rift Valley, and the largest fresh Rift Valley Lake which is ranked the ninth mean depth and eighteenth deepest lake by maximum depth in the whole world.

It’s approximately 90km with the total cover surface area of 2,700km2 , the surface sits high above the sea level height of about 1,460meters.

lake kivu lake kivu lake kivuThe lake protects Idjwi Island the world’s tenth largest island on the lake with in the bordering of Virunga national park with other includes including Napoleon, Amahora and many.

The lake came to attention when it became a dumping ground for the dead bodies during the genocide and also because of its 65km2 methane gas which can be burnt over a year and give 100gigwatts that can be used to generate power in the country and also Rwanda to sell power to the neighboring countries.

It’s a beautiful lake where the sky reflects on the water bodies with a nearby route between Nyungwe forest national park and Volcano national Park with the road gently curved, hills, mountains and cultivated lands.

There different activities carried at the lake including sea kayaking were you might spot out different bird species in the air like the pied kingfisher.

Trip boat on lake kivu to one of the islands on lake including Napoleon near kibuye a home of a thousand bats  and Amahoro island where you can have you lunch on the boat cruise as you  feel home away from home on top of water bodies.

Swimming [lake kivu]at the free lake from hippos, crocodiles and Bilharzia as you cool your body on a hot day.

Enjoy the free jumping at the beautiful beaches along the shores of the lake relax and chill after your long day or trekking the Gorillas and Golden monkeys.

Montane rain forest Nature[around lake kivu]: Enjoy a hike in Nyungwe forest where you will experience a canopy walk,  have an encounter with chimpanzee trekking spot out different birds and tree species.

Visit Nyamirundi Island where you will experience coffee process from the crop to the cup and how it’s dried before processing an experience you cannot miss before you live Rwanda.

Trail to Nyirongo volcanoes one of the world’s largest lava lake. Enjoy a trail on foot and the nature walks as you go birding to spot out different bird species on a boat or on land as you trail the Congo Nile .

Cycling around the lake, interacting with the local people and learn about the cultural in Rwanda.

For those who might wish to stay for an overnight, accommodation is available

Lake Kivu Serena hotel, Gisenyi Public beach, Corcoran lodge