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Lake Kivu

About the Park

Lake Kivu is ranked as the second smallest of the African Great Lakes – just 56 miles long by 31 miles wide at its fullest dimensions – but this azure blue puddle on the map is worth an afternoon or two of any traveller’s time. It makes for a perfect place to pause en route between the Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Parks. Beach resorts dot the water’s edge, and broad sunsets await each evening.

One of Africa’s Great Lakes, Lake Kivu is the sixth-largest lake in the world. It covers a whopping surface area of roughly 2,700 square kilometres. Plus, it’s also one of the deepest, reaching to almost 500 metres at its maximum.

Steep forested hills plunge into this beautiful Rift Valley Lake with its palm-fringed little sandy bays. A wild roller-coaster road connects the three resort towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu. It meanders through lush terraced fields and patches of misty rain forest. Occasionally it offers sweeping views over the blue waters. And behind the lake is the spectacular backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains.

You can either stay at the colonial old town of Gisenyi or the pretty beach town of Kibuye. Gisenyi is set on a sandy beach lined with swaying palms and colonial-era hotels. These exude an atmosphere of tropical languor.

Best Time to Visit

Lake Kivu is an all year destination, anyway the best time to visit is

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  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
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Without a doubt, the prime attraction of Rwanda’s wildlife still remains the

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How to get there

Fundamental ports on Lake Kivu are most effectively come to by

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Rwanda Travel Tips

Best known for its wealth of primates, Rwanda is home to the endangered mountain gorillas and some wonderful hiking spots.

Rwanda Related Destinations

Known as “The land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda is filled with green undulating hills, gardens and tea plantations,

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