Lake Kivu is a 2,650 square km strangely good-looking inland water body enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along eastern Rwanda and is at an altitude of 1, 460 metres (4,790 ft). Lake Kivu stands across the border connecting western Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of Congo and is surrounded by forested hills, with sandy bays and fishing villages. About 1 370 km2, that is 58% of the Lake Kivu waters lie inside DR Congo borders.
Idjwi Island, the world’s tenth-largest inland island lies in Lake Kivu as does the small island of Tshegera, which also lies within the boundaries of Virunga National Park. settlements on its shore include Bukavu, Kabare, Kalehe, Sake and Goma in Congo and Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu in Rwanda and are linked by a wild roller-coaster road that trip up through rich plantain fields and leftover patches of misty tropical forest to offer wide views over the blue waters with the close by Virunga volcanoes providing an amazing scenery. The road winds continuously in a several twists and turns and the ordinary storm clouds lend ruggedly optimistic panorama to this region.
The towns of Gisenyi and Kibuye contain attractive realistic colonial style hotels, the best of which is the Kibuye Guesthouse. Gisenyi, the most developed of these resorts is set on a sandy beach lined with plausible palms and colonial-era hotels that display an atmosphere of tropical perfection.
To the south of Kibuye, tourist activities are centered on a modern lake shore guest house overlooking pine-covered hills. Kibuye is such a relaxed, enjoyable town that it strolls along the lake shores, bird-watching or just watching life open out. Additional leisure activities include water skiing, boat trips, wind surfing and fishing.
Cyangugu town whose submissive tourist development is rewarded by an inspiring setting of curving inlets winding into slim valleys and it’s close nearness to Nyungwe forest where at least 25% of Africa’s primates can be found among lots more natural wonders. For vacationers on a guided safari, it may include a speedboat voyage down the lake between Kibuye and Cyangugu.