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Lake Kivu is the country’s largest body of water and takes up about half of Rwanda’s western border.

There are three main towns along the lakeshore - Cyangugu in the south, Kibuye in the middle and Gisenyi further north.

High level accommodation

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 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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Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Kivu

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Kivu, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Lake Kivu

Places & hotels on the map

    Places near Lake Kivu

    Accommodation choices for Lake Kivu

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Kivu. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Pool at Lake Kivu Serena

      Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

      First Class

      This is an excellent hotel for relaxing for a night or two at any point in your stay in Rwanda. The rooms are very comfortable and luxurious and standards of food and service are high.