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Lake Kivu

This is the largest Freshwater Lake in Rwanda. Lake Kivu is 2650 Square Kilometer and is the main country’s fresh water.  The Lake is surrounded by 3 resort towns and these are: Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu. The towns are ideal stopover places for tourists to Nyungwe forest National Park from Volcanoes National Park and either way. The major tourist activity here is the boat ride on the Lake which gives scenic views of the small lakeside villages that offer a rewarding glimpse of rural life and also scenic views of the Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo which is one of the remaining few active volcanoes in the world and it last erupted in 2002.

Gisenyi town is a major center for day excursions in Parc des Volcans. This is found on the Northern shores of Lake Kivu and offers many opportunities for water sports activities.

Kibuye town is in the South and has the spectacular grottoes of Kaboza and Nyenji, and the thermal waters at Nyakabuye. There is also the Rugege Forest which is a home to many wildlife and bird species. Gisenyi and Kibuye towns are connected by a wide roller-coaster road that passes through lush plantain fields and relic patches of misty rainforest to offer sweeping views over the shimmering lake.

There is also a charter boat service on the lake connecting the three towns. Birdlife around the lakes is fantastic including large numbers of pelicans, crowned cranes, malachite kingfishers and much more.