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Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake and the 6th largest in Africa. The shoreline comprises beautiful rolling hillsides of pine and eucalyptus, punctuated with terraces of bananas along the way.
About Lake Kivu
Small towns – Rubavu, Kibuye and Rusizi – are located roughly one hour apart from one another and situated on the lake shore. The road that connects them is arguably the highlight of the area, tracking the jagged shoreline of the lake through the undulating landscape offering ever changing vistas over the emerald green lake.
Things to Do at Lake Kivu
Rubavu in the north and Rusizi in the south are connected by the 227 kms Nile Trail. Segments of this trail are superb walking or cycling routes, traversing the luscious lakeside hills through banana plantations and beneath towering trees.
For those looking for a slower pace of life on their holiday at Lake Kivu, a day or two on the lakeshore can be a great way to unwind. The lake has no predators and is completely safe to swim in. Boat trips, lake cruises and kayaking are also popular activities at Lake Kivu, as well as coffee tasting on Naymirundi Island and meeting the children of the Imbabazi orphanage.
Best Places to Stay at Lake Kivu
There are a number of lodges and hotels near Lake Kivu and along the shores suitable for most budgets and requirements.
Best Time to Visit Lake Kivu
Rwanda’s two dry periods from December to February and June to September are the best time to visit Lake Kivu.