Lake Kivu

Pirogues on Lake Kivu

Travel to Lake Kivu – Rwanda’s Largest Lake

Lake Kivu is the largest of numerous freshwater bodies that shimmer in the valleys of Rwanda. An extraordinarily beautiful inland sea enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along the Congolese border.

Three resort towns, Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu, stand on the littoral, connected by a wild roller-coaster road that tumbles through lush plantain fields and relic patches of misty rainforest to offer sweeping views over the blue water. It is one of the classic road journeys in all of Africa. There is also charter boat service on the lake connecting the 3 towns.

Away from the main resorts, the lake offers visitors rewarding glimpses into ancient African lifestyles. Here, fishermen ply the water in dugout canoes unchanged in design for centuries, while colourfully dressed ladies smoke traditional wooden pipes and troubadours strum sweetly on stringed iningire (traditional ‘guitars’). And, the birdlife is fantastic: flotillas of pelicans sail ponderously across the open water, majestic crowned cranes preen their golden crests in the surrounding swamps, while jewel-like malachite kingfishers hawk silently above the shore.

Take a fascinating boat ride between the towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu. Hire a pirogue to visit nearby uninhabited islands.

Private transport by 4WD or an organised tour is recommended for a thorough discovery of this area.

  • Away from the main resorts, the lake offer visitors rewarding glimpses into ancient African lifestyles.
  • Hire a pirogue to visit nearby uninhabited islands.
  • Sit back and enjoy watching the locals plying their trades in traditional African style.

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