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Explore Lake Kivu on your Rwanda Safari

Explore Lake Kivu on your Rwanda Safari

Explore Lake Kivu on your Rwanda Safari. Lake Kivu is the largest of all the fresh lakes found in the valleys of Rwanda. The steep, terraced hills lead down to this very attractive lake shores and the main three resort towns. These mainly include; Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu. These are small towns that are so welcoming to the tourists and a treat in between the active hikes in finding the mountain gorillas as well as the chimpanzees in the nearby areas of volcanoes and Nyungwe National Park.

Many tourists here come to relax, swim and have a boat cruise past the small lake side villages that offer a glance of the rural life. These towns are connected by a large wave coaster road that goes through the lush plantain fields and the relic patches of the hazy rain forest which offers the far reaching views over the scenic lake.

The lake is located among the historic mountains of the rift valley and the Volcanic Virunga mountains to the north, the shores of Lake Kivu form many inlets and peninsulas as well as the countless forest fringed waterfalls. Lake Kivu is set in the rift valley that makes it one of the deepest lake in the world. This lake is 2650 sq km filled with fresh water on both sides and largest of all lakes that fill valleys of Rwanda. It decants into Ruzizi River that flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.

The tourists can see many local fishermen oaring through the waters in the traditional dugout canoes and the brightly dressed women that decorate the villages, playing the guitars and smoking from the wooden pipes. This lake is a good place in between gorilla safaris and chimpanzee trekking in the nearby national parks. There are great and organized boat safaris that offer the tourists a good way of adventuring the area of the lake as well as the nearby surroundings including the rural life that lives out in the villages at the edges of the lake.

Right after enjoying gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking or wildlife viewing, the lake offers you the best potion for resting and healing. For those interested in sun bathing, swimming as well as water sports, Gisenyi town is the best place to be. Those looking for complete privacy for both mental and physical relaxation, Kibuye Guest House located in the south of the lake is recommended. Those in need of speed boats, canoes, mountain walks, picnics, Kibuye town offers you all the needed facilities to your satisfaction. There are lovely villas that are found along the tree lined shores, the white beaches as well as the lake being rock clear.

You also find the outstanding fantastic inland sea that is bound by steep, green terraced hills that are along the border of Congo to the three towns of Gisenyi, Cyangugu as well as Kibuye that stands on the coastal linked by the wild coaster road that goes through the lush plantain fields as well as the patches of the misty rain forest that offer the far reaching views over the waters. This is one of the best classic road tours in Africa.

Gisenyi town is the most developed of all the three resorts and is located just a few hours’ drive from Volcanoes National Park. Its set on the sandy beach that is lined with the palms and colonial era hotels that offer an atmosphere of all the tropical lethargy. You find great palms and the colonial era hotels on the atmosphere of the tropical indolence.  The main tourist activities found in Kibuye are on the modern lake shores guest house that overlooks the pine that is covered in hills seemingly transplanted from the Alps. Cyangungu has got curving inlets that wind into the narrow valleys. This lake is the largest of the many fresh water bodies that glow in the valleys of Rwanda.

The lake is the largest of the many fresh water bodies that glow in the valleys of Rwanda. The lakes of Ruhondo and Burera that are so close to this lake are often neglected yet they have got deep blue waters that are ringed by the steep hills and tall waterfalls in the nearby Virunga volcanoes offering a great back drop. The bird life here is full with flotillas of pelicans that sail across the open waters, malachite kingfisher hawk on the shores.

The activities that are carried out on this lake include; boating to many islands on the Lake, get chance to view the African life styles as the men go about fishing and the women play the traditional guitar. You can also find lots of bird life around the lake including; the pelicans, crowned cranes, as well as the malachite kingfishers. Water sports activities are common in Riveira town of Gisenyi and these include; picnics, speed boats, sun bathing, mountain walks and many more. You can also track both the mountain gorillas as well as chimpanzees in the nearby national parks of Volcanoes National Park as well as Nyungwe National park.

Gisenyi town is the most visited area in Rwanda along Lake Kivu and has been known as Rwandan Riviera and it has the most palm dotted sandy beaches for you to enjoy. It offers good setting in Rwanda to relax and chill out for a few days during your safari time in Rwanda. You are to enjoy this place with very active markets that are busy every time in Rwanda. Contact us to Explore Lake Kivu on your Rwanda Safari.

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