Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is the best place to relax and chill out in Rwanda after gorilla tracking once or twice, hiking up Volcanoes, Biking or Hiking the Congo Trail, Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe National Park.

Relaxing and Chilling out along Lake Kivu is the best way to bring your Rwandan Safari to a memorable end.

Lake Kivu is the perfect place to just be instead of doing, the relax, read a book, enjoy the tropical sun, the splendid views of the Lake, the Islands, the Mountains, fishing boats, the smell of the water, the light breeze once again,  Lake Kivu the best place to relax and chill out in Rwanda.  You will enjoy your time along the shores of Rwanda’s most scenic Lake.

There are many beautiful lakes in East and Central Africa but most you cannot swim in.  Lake Kivu is not only a lake where you can relax and chill out, but you can swim in the Lake.

There are no hippos, crocodiles and no Bilharzia found in Lake Kivu making it the perfect lake in Africa to swim in. Lake Kivu is the best lake in Rwanda and that includes swimming in the Lake.

The temperature at the Lake is just right and the water is not too cold-perfect to dive in get refreshed.

Some Hotels, guest houses, lodges and other accommodations have swimming pools for you; however, all you need is Lake Kivu near you to enjoy a refreshing swim.

There are lots of water sports to indulge in on Lake Kivu; from paddling to one of the explorable island to sailing across this beautiful lake are activities that are most enjoyable for most.

You can water-ski here, go windsurfing or just go and explore the lake on a motorboat of one kind or another. Lake Kivu is known in Rwanda and with past visitors as a place for excellent water-sport activities that are not to be missed.

One cannot forget about fishing for some tilapia for lunch or dinner another relaxing and enjoyable way to enjoy Lake Kivu.

Lake Kivu is the perfect location for 1/2 day to full day longer hikes, nature walks and bike rides.  This includes venturing out on the newly developed Nile-Congo Trail where you can hike or bike along for days or just make it a one day experience.

You can include in your hiking and biking safaris, village visits and cultural interactions which are an enriching experience for all.

There are hills that you can climb around Lake Kivu and coast back down on your bike.  Just let us know what you are interested in for your time in Lake Kivu and we will arrange it for you.

Imbabazi Orphanage was started by Rosamond who lived for many years in the Mugongo area where she started a flower plantation\ that supplied hotels with fresh flowers from Kigali to locally.  She was a very close friend of Dian Fossey.

In 1994 she began the Imbabazi Orphanage – it moved several times but as security returned to the area – the orphanage returned to the Gisenyi Area.

Rosamond Carr died in 2006 but her memory lives on through the flower farms and the Imbabazi Foundation’s work with children. You can stroll through the English Garden – Enjoy views of the Volcanoes.

Learn about Rosamond Carr’s life and her friendship with Dian Fossey. Enjoy lunch and be entertained by the Imbabazi Dancers – a delightful time.

Rwanda is more than Mountain Gorillas, it is also Lake Kivu where you can relax and chill out for a few days but also partake in some stimulating activities that you will long remember after leaving Rwanda behind.

The half day excursion includes a boat ride on Lake Kivu to Nyamirundi Island where you learn and take part in the process of seeing the coffee process from crop to cup.

The washing of the beans is done at the Gashashi washing station you can see the coffee drying, roasted and ground with you tasting the finished product. Many major coffee houses across the world including Starbucks are using Rwandan Arabica Bean Speciality Coffee.

Be sure to buy some and take it home and as you consume a cup of it back home you will be pleasantly reminded of your Rwanda Safari Experience. The experience ends with a pleasant lunch and of course, Coffee is served.