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Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu

The shores of Lake Kivu include peaceful, remote spots and bustling fishing villages.

Enjoy a few days r&r here in between Nyungwe and Volcanoes.

Lake Kivu

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Lake Kivu extends along much of the western length of Rwanda...
…and is home to three towns, with lakeside accommodation for visitors.
Gisenyi is the most northern town, with the comfortable Lake Kivu Serena Hotel ...
… which has loungers on the sandy beach overlooking the lake.
There is also the simple and low-key Paradise Malahide, with its relaxed atmosphere.
Kibuye, situated further south, is probably the prettiest of the lakeside towns ...
... with its hilly countryside.
Comoran Lodge is the best option here - with lovely log cabins with views of the lake.
Kibuye is a good place to go on boat trips on the lake, or to nearby islands ...
... for example Napoleon Island, home to a large colony of fruit bats.
Amahoro Island is smaller and is just the right place for those who want to relax.
Cyangugu is located at the very south of Lake Kivu, with one charming place to stay ...
... the calm Peace Guesthouse ...
... which also has lovely views of the Lake.
The bustling towns are worth a visit to experience something of local life...
... but also the areas between them: beautiful landscapes with hills and mountains ...
... and local people who are always pleased to meet foreign visitors.
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Lake Kivu extends along much of the western length of Rwanda...
Lake Kivu extends along much of the western length of Rwanda...
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…and is home to three towns, with lakeside accommodation for visitors.
…and is home to three towns, with lakeside accommodation for visitors.
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Gisenyi is the most northern town, with the comfortable Lake Kivu Serena Hotel ...
Gisenyi is the most northern town, with the comfortable Lake Kivu Serena Hotel ...
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… which has loungers on the sandy beach overlooking the lake.
… which has loungers on the sandy beach overlooking the lake.
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There is also the simple and low-key Paradise Malahide, with its relaxed atmosphere.
There is also the simple and low-key Paradise Malahide, with its relaxed atmosphere.
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Kibuye, situated further south, is probably the prettiest of the lakeside towns ...
Kibuye, situated further south, is probably the prettiest of the lakeside towns ...
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... with its hilly countryside.
... with its hilly countryside.
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Comoran Lodge is the best option here - with lovely log cabins with views of the lake.
Comoran Lodge is the best option here - with lovely log cabins with views of the lake.
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Kibuye is a good place to go on boat trips on the lake, or to nearby islands ...
Kibuye is a good place to go on boat trips on the lake, or to nearby islands ...
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... for example Napoleon Island, home to a large colony of fruit bats.
... for example Napoleon Island, home to a large colony of fruit bats.
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Amahoro Island is smaller and is just the right place for those who want to relax.
Amahoro Island is smaller and is just the right place for those who want to relax.
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Cyangugu is located at the very south of Lake Kivu, with one charming place to stay ...
Cyangugu is located at the very south of Lake Kivu, with one charming place to stay ...
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... the calm Peace Guesthouse ...
... the calm Peace Guesthouse ...
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... which also has lovely views of the Lake.
... which also has lovely views of the Lake.
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The bustling towns are worth a visit to experience something of local life...
The bustling towns are worth a visit to experience something of local life...
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... but also the areas between them: beautiful landscapes with hills and mountains ...
... but also the areas between them: beautiful landscapes with hills and mountains ...
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... and local people who are always pleased to meet foreign visitors.
... and local people who are always pleased to meet foreign visitors.
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Trips visiting Lake Kivu

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Mona Monkey Safari

9 days • 3 locations
KIGALI AIRPORT TO KIGALI AIRPORT

This example of a luxury holiday explores the wildlife of Nyungwe Forest, the scenic shores of Lake Kivu and the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park, all accompanied by a private guide and vehicle.

US$10,190 - US$13,260 per person

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L'Hoest's Monkey Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KIGALI AIRPORT TO KIGALI AIRPORT

Meet three iconic primates – gorillas, chimps and golden monkeys – and explore Rwanda's fascinating culture on this excellent value privately guided adventure.

US$5,010 - US$5,470 per person

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Golden Monkey Safari

12 days • 5 locations
KIGALI AIRPORT TO KIGALI AIRPORT

The perfect itinerary for those who want see everything that Rwanda has to offer. Combine four key areas on this excellent value trip, for a true wildlife and cultural experience.

US$8,960 - US$9,990 per person

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Where to stay in Lake Kivu

Our suggestions for places to stay in Lake Kivu


Cormoran Lodge

Cormoran Lodge

Cormoran Lodge is a small, friendly lodge on the shores of Lake Kivu, with beautiful views from its seven chalets.


87% (26 reviews)
Moriah Hill Resort

Moriah Hill Resort

Moriah Hill is a rather dated budget hotel, outside the town of Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu.


74% (10 reviews)
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is a larger, international-style resort hotel on the lakeside, well placed for a relaxing stay.


74% (7 reviews)
Kivu Lodge

Kivu Lodge

Kivu Lodge, sister lodge of Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, is located on a remote peninsula on the shores of Lake Kivu.


80% (2 reviews)
Paradise Malahide

Paradise Malahide

A small and simple guesthouse on the shores of Lake Kivu, Paradise Malahide has rustic charm, a friendly atmosphere and some great views.


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