Lake Kivu is the largest freshwater lake forming part of the African Great Lakes and one of the world's only three exploding lakes. Set amid the dramatic mountains of the Rift Valley with the Virungas to the North, Lake Kivu's irregular shores form numerous inlets and peninsulas and a myriad of forest-fringed waterfalls. With steep terraced hills leading down to the towns of Cyangugu, Kibuye, and Gisenyi, this is an ideal place to relax, swim or take a boat excursion.
On holidays to Lake Kivu cruise on the ultra-modern Umunezero luxury boat, kayak, hire a small boat and visit local fishing islands/villages, or simply lie on the beach. In the evenings, from Gisenyi visitors can gaze at the red glow atop the Nyiragongo volcano across the border in the DRC. It is still active! There are numerous other lakes around the country, notably Burera, Ruhondo, Muhazi and Mugesera, some with strangely erratic shapes in the contours of the steep mountains enclosing them.
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