Lake Kivu, on the western boundary of Rwanda, offers a scenic setting to end your Rwanda safari. As it lies between the primate hotspot of Nyungwe Forest and the gorilla trekking of Volcanoes National Park, it also provides a relaxing interlude between wildlife viewing.
One of Africa’s Great Lakes, Lake Kivu is the sixth-largest lake in the world. It covers a whopping surface area of roughly 2,700 square kilometres. Plus, it’s also one of the deepest, reaching to almost 500 metres at its maximum.
Steep forested hills plunge into this beautiful Rift Valley lake with its palm-fringed little sandy bays. A wild roller-coaster road connects the three resort towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu. It meanders through lush terraced fields and patches of misty rain forest. Occasionally it offers sweeping views over the blue waters. And behind the lake is the spectacular backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains.
You can either stay at the colonial old town of Gisenyi or the pretty beach town of Kibuye. Gisenyi is set on a sandy beach lined with swaying palms and colonial-era hotels. These exude an atmosphere of tropical languor.
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