Vacations to Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Rwanda is a land-locked country but this doesn't mean you can't have a beach vacation. Forming part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu is one of Africa's Great Lakes. With its tranquil waters, large shady palm trees and sandy beaches, it is the ideal place to chill out after a few days gorilla or primate trekking. There are plenty of gorgeous birds around to watch whilst you kick back with a locally brewed Bralirwa in hand. 

A leisurely bike ride or a hike around the lake is an amazing way to take in the scenery. Meander along the shore, enjoy the cool breeze and take in the stunning views across this enormous body of water. You could also hike a part of the Congo Nile Trail, which has stunning scenery and traverses the series of hills that jut into Lake Kivu.

Hire a boat or a local dug-out canoe and discover more of Lake Kivu. If you're not in the mood for paddling or steering, you can always join a local cruise out to one of the many islands at sunset. Due to the size of the lake it has waves that make water sports such as kayaking and wind surfing possible. There are plenty of places to hire fishing equipment too, if you feel like trying to catch your dinner or learn the Rwandan fishing techniques from a local.

Nyamirundi Island, near the town of Gisenyi, is well worth a visit, especially if you are a coffee lover. Not only can you learn about the growing process, but you also have the chance to sample some of the fresh produce. On top of that, the island offers stunning views of the coffee and banana plantations on these gently sloping lands.


  • Relax on sandy beaches under swaying palm trees

  • Cycle, hike or walk part of the Congo Nile Trail

  • Try new watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking or canoeing

  • Learn local fishing techniques and catch your dinner

  • Coffee tour and tasting on an island

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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Map of Lake Kivu