Lake Kivu

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Discover Lake Kivu

Part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu in the west of Rwanda is surrounded by magnificent mountains and has deep emerald green waters covering a surface area of 2,700 km2. It is Rwanda’s largest lake and the sixth largest in Africa.

Rubavu previously known as Gisenyi – is a large town on the northern edge of Lake Kivu, an hour’s drive from Lake Kivu and the perfect place to relax after gorilla trekking. Once a colonial beach resort of note, Rubavu’s waterfront is lined with fading old mansions, hotels and trendy bars on the lakeshore, ideal for sundowner cocktails.

Karongi, halfway along the lake, is a popular beach resort with hillsides covered in pines and eucalyptus serve as a backdrop to the sparkling lake. At dawn and dusk, the sound of local fisherman singing carries across the water as they paddle in unison.

Overview

Country

Rwanda

Visa Requirements

Personal Documents Requied

Languages spoken

English

Currency used

USD

Area (km2)

2,700 km²

Listing Location

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