Lake Kivu is the largest of numerous freshwater lakes that shimmer in the valleys of Rwanda.

Steep terraced hills lead down to the picturesque lake shore and the three resort towns - Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu, they offer the ideal stopping point to relax, swim, or take a boat excursion past the small lakeside villages that offer a rewarding glimpse of rural life.

Set amid the dramatic mountains of the rift valley and the volcanic Volcanoes Mountains (Virungas) to the north, the irregular shores of Lake Kivu form numerous inlets and peninsulas and myriad forest-fringed waterfalls.

The lake is a 2650 square kilometers freshwater expanse and the largest of all the lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda.


Various leisure activities are available, such as Boat Ride, Swimming in the lake, Water Sports, Beach Volleyball, Hiking and Biking in the surrounding areas.

Birdlife around the lake is fantastic including large numbers of pelicans, crowned cranes, malachite kingfishers and much more.

Jambo Tours most recommended hotel on Lake Kivu: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel