One of the largest freshwater bodies in Rwanda, Lake Kivu totally covers a 2,700 square kilometer area. Situated at an elevation of 4,790 feet above mean sea level, Lake Kivu eventually empties into the Ruzizi River flowing southwards into Lake Tanganyika. A part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu is largely surrounded by majestic mountains. Featuring several settlements along its shores like Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu on the Rwandan region, Lake Kivu is equally elegant within Congo on the western side.
Many resorts and hotels have established along the shores and sandy beaches of Lake Kivu offering a variety of tourist activities including water sports. Unchanged in design for centuries, the deep blue waters of Lake Kivu are ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls. Native fishermen ply these waters against the spectacular backdrop of the towering Virunga Volcanoes. Other touristic attractions available at Lake Kivu include wildlife tours, gorilla trekking and cultural village visits within the region.