Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes lying on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. It’s situated in the Albertine rift-the western arm of the East African Rift. It pours its water into River Ruzizi which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.
Lake Kivu is approximately 90 km long and 50 km wide and has an irregular shape which makes measuring its precise surface area difficult.

It’s estimated to cover a total surface area of about 2700 sq. km with the surface lake sitting at a height of about 1460 metres above sea level.
The lake has a maximum depth of 475m and a mean depth of 220m. This makes it the world’s 18th deepest lake by maximum depth and then 9th deepest by mean depth.

Some of the main tourist activities carried out around this lake include;

• Swimming is a common activity which is carried on this lake. There are no hippos, crocodiles and neither is infested with bilharzia. This makes the lake perfect for swimming. 

• Relaxation along the shores of Lake Kivu is another perfect thing to do at Kivu. The lake is also surrounded by fishing boats, covered with a great breeze as well as mountains. The lake provides great scenic views of the villages, mountains and plantations along its shores.

• Water sports are so common on Lake Kivu. Some of these include; water skiing, wind surfing, paddling and boat rides. Fishing is also a common activity on Lake Kivu.

• Hiking and biking alongside the shores of Lake Kivu is perfect for many holiday makers. The hikes can be take one to half day. One may opt for nature walks. Tourists can also engage in  village visits and cultural interactions.

• There are many coffee plantations around the environs of lake Kivu. One may opt for coffee plantation tours. These can be enjoyed by the tourists by taking a boat cruise on the lake to Nyamirundi Island. With this tour, one can be able to learn the whole process of coffee making (starting from stage one to the last stage). You even get chance to test the last product. This experience is so good for those interested in agro- tourism.