One of the African Great Lakes

Lake Kivu is the country's largest body of water and takes up about half of Rwanda's western bordern.  It actually lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine (western) Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valley. There are three main towns along the lakeshore - Cyangugu in the south, Kibuye in the middle and Gisenyi further north. The lake is a welcome respite after a gorilla trek and time in hiking in the Rwanda mountains.

As the lake attracts a number of tourists and Rwandan holidaymakers, the level of accommodation here is generally of a better standard than in the national parks. The views from many hotels and guesthouses across the palm-fringed lake are lovely, with little sandy beaches and grassy banks leading down to the shore.

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