Top Things to do and see – Lake Kivu

Posted by on November 7, 2016

The Top Things to do and see on and around  Lake Kivu

Best Place in Rwanda to relax and chill out

Lake Kivu is the perfect place to relax and chill out after gorilla – golden monkey Trekking – hiking and nature walks


Top Things to do and see - Lake Kivu Lake Kivu is Randa largest and most scenic Lake – the sort Rwandan Indian Ocean Coast of Kenya or Zanzibar in Tanzania – it is where Rwandans, Expats and Visitors to Uganda go to relax and chill out for a few days.

There is no better place to bring a safari to an end than at Lake Kivu where you can swim – there is no danger from hippos, crocodiles or even Bilharzia – you can lounge on sandy beaches and take a dip in the lake and enjoy a refreshing swim in Lake Kivu.

For most it is simply a place to relax and chill out, while other take nature walks, go birding in a boat or on land, explore some of the islands, the nearby hot springs and more.

There is a variety of hotels to enjoy from budget to exclusive up-market lodges and hotels.  The choice is yours according to what your pocketbook will allow you to spend.

Include Lake Kivu in your Rwanda Safari Itinerary – you will be glad you did – Uganda’s best place where you can relax – chill out – and yet there are many other activities you can partake in.


Top Things to do and see – Lake Kivu – the best place in Rwanda to relax and chill out but you can also build up a sweat while taking the Congo Nile Trail either on foot or on your bike, you can go boating, sailing, swimming, island exploration, do the crop to cup coffee experience, visit one of the genocide memorials, visit Rosamond Carr’s Home having tea while watching the Intore Dancers, there are lots of things to do here, but most come to relax and chill out along Lake Kivu.


Lake-Kivu-Relax-Chill-Out-RwandaRelax and Chill out – Lake Kivu:

Lake Kivu – the best place to relax and chill out in Rwanda after gorilla tracking once or twice, hiking up Volcanoes, Biking or Hiking the Congo Trail, Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe National Park.

Relaxing and Chilling out along Lake Kivu is the best way to bring your Rwandan Safari  to a memorable end.

Lake Kivu is the perfect place to just be instead of doing, the relax, read a book, enjoy the tropical sun, the splendid views of the Lake, the Islands, the Mountains, fishing boats, the smell of the water, the light breeze – once again – Lake Kivu the best place to relax and chill out in Rwanda – you will enjoy your time along the shores of Rwanda’s most scenic Lake – Lake Kivu.

Include Lake Kivu in your Rwanda Safari Itinerary.


Lake-Kivu-SwimmingSwimming in Lake Kivu – Rwanda:

There are many beautiful lakes in East and Central Africa – but most you cannot swim in  – Lake Kivu is not only a lake where you can relax and chill out, but you can swim in the Lake.

There are no hippos, crocodiles and no Bilharzia found in Lake Kivu making it the perfect lake in Africa to swim in.

Lake Kivu is the best lake in Rwanda and that includes swimming in the Lake.  The temperature at  the Lake is just right and the water is not too cold-perfect to dive in get refreshed.

Some Hotels, guest houses, lodges and other accommodations have swimming pools for you, however all you need is Lake Kivu near you to enjoy a refreshing swim.

Lake Kivu – Rwanda’s best Lake to take a swim.


Lake-Kivu-water-sportsWater -Sports – Lake Kivu  – Sailing – Wind-Surfing – Kayaking -Motor-Boats-Fishing:

There are lots of water sports to indulge in on Lake Kivu, from paddling to one one of the explorable island to sailing across this beautiful lake are activities that are most enjoyable for most.

You can water-ski here – go windsurfing or just go and explore the lake on a motorboat of one kind or another.

Lake Kivu is known in Rwanda and with past visitors  as a place for excellent water-sport activities that are not to be missed.

One cannot forget about fishing for some tilapia for lunch or dinner – another relaxing and enjoyable way to enjoy Lake Kivu.


Lake-Kivu-Biking-HikngHiking and Biking – around and near Lake Kivu:

Lake Kivu is the perfect location for 1/2 day – full day longer hikes – nature walks and bike rides.  This includes venturing out on the newly developed Nile-Congo Trail where you can hike or bike along for days – or just make it a one day experience.

You can include in your hiking and biking safaris – village visits – cultural interactions which are an enriching experience for all.

There are hills that you can climb around lake Kivu and coast back down on your bike.  Just let us know what you are interested in for your time in Lake Kivu and we will arrange it for you.

Rwanda is more than Mountain Gorillas – it is also Lake Kivu where you can relax and chill out for a few days but also partake in some stimulating activities that you will long remember after leaving Rwanda behind.


Crop-to-Cup-Coffee-Tour-Lake-KivuFrom Crop to Cup – Coffee Tour-Lake Kivu:

The half day excursion includes a boat ride on Lake Kivu to Nyamirundi Island where you learn and take part in the process of seeing the coffee process from crop to cup.

The washing of the beans is done at the Gashashi washing station – you hen see the coffee drying, roasted and ground – with you tasting the finished product.

Many major coffee houses across the world including Starbucks are using Rwandan Arabica Bean Speciality Coffee.

Be sure to buy some and take it home and as you consume a cup of it back home you will be pleasantly reminded of your Rwanda Safari Experience.

The experience ends with a pleasant lunch and of course Coffee is served.

From Crop to Cup – another Lake Kivu Experience – another thing to do and see at Lake Kivu


Imbabazi-Visit-Lake-Kivu                                                                                                                   Rosamond Carr – Imbabazi Orphanage -Gisenyi – Lake Kivu:

Imbabazi Orphanage was started Rosamond who lived for many years in the Mugongo area where she started a flower plantation\ that supplied hotels with fresh flowers from Kigali to locally.  She was a very close friend of Dian Fossey.

In 1994 she began the Imbabazi Orphanage – it moved several times but as security returned to the area – the orphanage returned to the Gisenyi Area.

Rosamond Carr died in 2006 but her memory lives on through the flower farms, and the Imbabazi Foundation’s work with children.

You can stroll through the English Garden – Enjoy views of the Volcanoes.  Learn about Rosamond Carr’s life and her friendship with Dian Fossey.

Enjoy lunch and be entertained by the Imbabazi Dancers – a delightful time.


There are many things to do and see at Lake Kivu and surrounding area – the above are just a few – enjoy Rwanda – the land of a thousand Hills. Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s most beautiful lakes with its sandy beaches, islands and the surrounding area.


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