Lake Kivu is the sixth largest lake in Africa and the sixteenth deepest lake in the whole world, an East African great lake located at the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo for 90km, the 2700km2 Lake Kivu is one of a string that submerge much of the Albertine Rift floor as it runs southwards from Sudan to Zambia with a drainage basin of 4900km2. It is divided into one main basin, two small basins and two bays – Main Basin, Isungu Basin, Kalehe Basin, Bukavu bay, Kabuno bay.
Activities at Lake Kivu
There are various boat rides to Lake Kivu Islands namely Nkombo Island, Gihaya Island, Idjwi Island among others, boat rides can be organized to take you around the surrounding Islands where you can visit the nearby fishing villages.
Gisenyi Nature Walk
The largest port on the shores of Lake Kivu, Gisenyi is an attractive town, where hundreds of local communities relax at the beach to enjoy the weekend. Gisenyi Beach is exceptionally stunning with cool weather, swimming is allowed – however there are no crocodiles, hippos and bilharzia found in the lake making it a perfect lake to swim in. It is a nice place for relaxation and a cool breeze from the lake. Many holiday makers have been attracted to the beautiful Rwandan Indian Ocean Coast of Mombasa.
Biking and Hiking around Lake Kivu
Stretching the majority of Rwanda – Lake Kivu shores, the Congo Nile Trail goes from Rubavu in the north to the Rusizi District in the south. The trail covers 140 miles of some of Rwanda’s most magnificent landscapes. Bike or hike through the trail, stopping at coffee plantations, scenic hills and cute Hotels along the way.
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