Lake Kivu is the largest lake in Rwanda and sixth largest in Africa. Known for its beautiful islands, Lake Kivu in western Rwanda is part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains and deep emerald green waters covering a surface area of about 2,700 square kilometres. It has beautiful beaches and scenery with tropical weather suitable for relaxation while on vacation or safari in Rwanda. 

Explore the Lake, its sights and sounds, through our tour handlers, knowing you are in safe hands. Rubavu town on the northern edge of Lake Kivu lined with old mansions, hotels, restaurants and bars on the lakeshore, best for evening cocktails as well as Karongi, another popular beach resort in Lake Kivu, approximately 99km from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital and largest city. 

Attractions & Activities | Things to do at Lake Kivu

There are various attractions around Lake Kivu, including; Towns - Rubavu, Kibuye and Cyangugu, Islands - Nyamirundi, Karongi beach resort and Imbabazi orphanage. Apart from the famous thermal hot springs locally known as Amashyuza, Lake Kivu has quite a number of things to do including; Swimming at the water’s edge, sunbathing, kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing, island hopping, fishing, hiking, and boat riding or simply relaxing. Here are our top hand-picks;

1. Swimming

Lake Kivu is the perfect natural swim hole. Not only do you get to relax and chill out here, but you can also swim in these hippos–free, crocodiles–free and Bilharzia–free Lake. The temperature is just right and the water is not too cold, the reason is to why it's one of the most frequented outdoor recreational waters in Rwanda. It’s also safe to dive here because the lake has a sandy bottom.

2. Sunbathing 

Escape the stress of daily life on the beaches around Lake Kivu, as you Sunbath. You'll take pleasure in sitting by the lake side as you enjoy the breath – taking view of the lake and the surrounding areas. We'll create you a unique memorable moment at Lake Kivu.

3. Canoeing

A tour by canoe or boat to the many islands on Lake Kivu is among the popular activities on Lake Kiva. Our experienced support team will create you the perfect itinerary that include canoeing on lake Kivu, making sure you have the very best moments and complete tour experience.

4. Island hopping

Home to one of the largest inland islands on the African continent, Lake Kivu boasts of a number of islands, including Monkey Island and bat (Napoleon Island). You'll hike up the island to the top and enjoy the view of the area. Contact us today, our dedicated local guides will guide you on different trips on the lake Kivu.

5. Fishing

Fish as you enjoy the fresh breath of air from the lake. Visitors to Lake Kivu love the local specialty, “Sambaza”, a small fish, often compared with sardines. Learn about the culture, food, lifestyle and habitat of Lake Kivu with us, we'll create a memorable fishing experience for you.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Lake Kivu

Are you looking for places to stay around Lake Kivu? Contact us. We are available 24/7 to make travel more enjoyable with our concierge and personal assistance. We'll reserve you a luxury resort hotel accommodation in Lake Kiva. Other options for budget and mid-range accommodations are also available.

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