Lake Kivu


The Lake Kivu area is centred on the town of Gisenyi, offering a relaxed atmosphere on the shores of one of the regions huge freshwater lakes and a great place to unwind for a few days after trekking. We think the drive here from the Virunga’s is one of the most beautiful in the country, winding through mountains and steeply terraced hills, covered with tea plantations against a backdrop of mountains.  In Gisenyi itself, the lower town is a jumble of picturesque but faded colonial homesteads and charming markets and the nearby Imbabazi charity is definitely worth a visit.  

  • The perfect place to rest those aching legs after trekking gorillas
  • Wander through the lively markets at Gisenyi and pick up a bargain
  • Visit the Imbabazi Foundation for a unique cultural experience
  • Look out for  the lava flow from the distant Nyirangongo volcano at night 


Most people come here to sit back and enjoy the beautiful views, with the lakes blue water surrounded by steeply terraced escarpments and the northern shore overlooked by the smoking Nyiragongo volcano, which can sometimes be seen glowing at night. It is a great place to spend a few days in a wide range of accommodation, depending on what you want, although not all lodges have beaches, so pick wisely.


Take a surreal walk through the very English gardens in the home or Roz Carr, friend of Dian Fossey and founder of Imbabazi orphanage.

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