Lake Kivu of Rwanda
This lake is the largest of all the fresh water lakes that are found in the valleys of Rwanda. The steep, terraced hills also lead down to the attractive lake shores and the three resort towns. That is Gisenyi, Kibuye as well as Cyangugu. These small towns also as a welcome treat in between the active hikes to find the gorillas and the chimpanzees in the nearby volcanoes as well as Nyungwe Forest National Parks.
The guests here can relax, swim as well as taking a boat cruise past the small lake side villages which give a rewarding glance of the rural life. These towns are connected by a large roller coaster road that flips through the lush plantain fields and the remnant patches of the hazy rain forest that offer the sweeping views over the sparkling lake.
Located among the melodramatic mountains of the Rift valley and the volcanic Virunga Mountains to the north, the unequal shores of the Lake Kivu also form variety inlets and peninsulas as well as the countless forest fringed waterfalls. The lake is also set in the rift valley which makes it one of the deepest lake in the world. This same lake is also 2650sq km filled with fresh water spaning and the largest of all the lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda. It also pours into Ruzizi River that flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.
The visitors can also antedate viewing the local fishermen oaring through the waters with in the traditional dugout canoes, as the brightly dressed women decorate the villages, playing the guitars and smoking from the wooden pipes. This lake is also a perfect place in between the gorilla safaris and chimpanzee tracking in the nearby national parks.
There are also the well-organized boat trips that give the guests a good way of exploring the area of the lake as well as its surrounding including the rural life which lives out in the villages at the edges of the lake.
After this good but tiring mountain gorilla trekking tour, chimpanzee trekking and the wide game driving safaris in Akagera National Park, this lake also gives the best place for resting and healing. Those interested in sun bathing, swimming as well as water sorts, the Rwanda Rivera town of Gisenyi is also the best place to be. In case you like complete privacy for both physical and mental relaxation, we also recommend Kibuye Guest House situated in the south of the lake. And if you love the speed boats, canoe sailing, mountain walks, picnics, kibuye will definitely provide you all these facilities to your well satisfaction. There are also lovely villas that are found along the tree lined shores, the white beaches as well as the lake being crystal clear. So this is a place that deserves the longest stay possible.
The is also an outstanding beautiful inland sea that is bounded by the steep, green terraced hills along the border of Congo to the three towns of Gisenyi, Cyangugu as well as Kibuye that stand on the on the coastal, connected by the wild coaster road that flips through the lush plantain fieds and the remnant patches of the misty rain forest that give the sweeping views over the blue waters. It’s also one of the classic road journeys in Africa. You will also find the charter boat service on the lake that connects the 3 towns.
Gisenyi which is also the most developed of these resorts also lies few hour’s drive from Volcanoes National park and is also set on the sandy beach that is lined with the believable palms and the colonial era hotels that radiate an atmosphere of the tropical indolence.
There are also the believable palms as well as the colonial era hotels that radiate on the atmosphere of the tropical sloth. At Kibuye, to the south, Rwanda safari tourist activities are also positioned on the modern lake shores guest house that overlooks the pine covered hills apparently transplanted from the Alps. More different is Cyangugu that is near to Nyungwe forest, whose passive tourist development is remunerated for by the rousing setting of the curving inlets that wind into the narrow valleys.
Lake Kivu is also the largest of the many fresh water bodies that glisten in the valleys of Rwanda. The lakes of Burera and Ruhondo that are close to gorilla trekking centre of Ruhengeri are often neglected yet have got deep blue waters are ringed by the steep hills and tall waterfalls, with the nearby Virunga volcanoes that provide a fantastic back drop.
Just away from the main resorts, Rwanda’s lakes that give guests a rewarding glance into the ancient African lifestyles. In this place, the fishermen layer the water in dugout canoes unchanged in design for the centuries as the colorful dressed ladies smoke the traditional wooden pies and the troubadours playing sweetly on the stringed guitars. The birdlife is so beautiful with flotillas of pelicans that sail heavily across the open water crowned cranes groom their golden crests in the near surrounding swamps, as the Jewel like malachite kingfisher hawk slowly above the shores.
The Different activities on Lake Kivu
To discover the three main vibrant resort towns, following the many water sports activities they have to offer, and boating to the many islands on the lake are also some of the many activities that are available in the area. Just away from the main resort, Rwanda’s lakes aso offer the guests a rewarding glance into the ancient African lifestyles as the men go about their fishing and the women that fill the air with the played sound of the traditional guitar.
The birdlife around the lakes is also beautiful and also includes the large numbers of the pelicans, crowned cranes, the malachite kingfishers and many more. For sun bathing, water sports activities, and Rwanda Riveira town of Gisenyi also gives canoes, speedboats, picnics, and mountain walks.
Preferably, the visitors can also base themselves at one of the best accommodations around Lake Kivu and alternative between days spent along lake side with feet up and the days that are spent on the thrilling safaris to find the primates living in the rainforest of Nyungwe and Volcanoes National park.