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Lake Kivu

Explore Lake Kivu

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.


  • Considered one of Africa's Great Lakes and the largest in Rwanda
  • Thrilling water activities including kayaking and boating
  • Ideal relaxation stop before or after safari with its white sand beaches
  • Witness the red glow atop the active Nyiragongo volcano

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Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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At Mahlatini, we like to make things easy for you. Browse our website for inspiration or pick up the phone. Whether you’re full of ideas or unsure of where to start, we’re here to help. Serial safari-goer or first-time visitor, we’re ready to create your ultimate tailormade itinerary.

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Call us or inquire online. Share your wish list and we’ll start planning your adventure.

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We won’t stop refining your plans until we get the perfect trip at the best price.

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Receive your Mahlatini travel documents, pack your bags and set off on your trip of a lifetime!

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