June to September, December to February


June to September


Lake Kivu is a beautiful destination that offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and diverse culture.

Welcome to the beautiful and serene Lake Kivu, located in the heart of Rwanda. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and diverse culture, Lake Kivu is a must-see destination for any traveler.

Located on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes and the largest freshwater lake in Rwanda. The lake is surrounded by lush green hills and is home to several small islands, including Idjwi Island, which is the largest in the lake.

Lake Kivu is not just a beautiful place to visit; it also has a rich history. The lake played a significant role in Rwanda’s history, serving as a major transportation route during the colonial period. Today, the lake remains a vital source of livelihood for the people living in the surrounding areas, providing fish for consumption and supporting the local tourism industry.

Tourists who visit Lake Kivu can enjoy a variety of activities, including swimming, kayaking, and fishing. The lake’s clear waters make it an ideal spot for scuba diving, where divers can explore the underwater world and discover the lake’s hidden treasures.

For those who prefer to stay on land, there are several hiking trails around the lake that offer stunning views of the surrounding hills and islands. Visitors can also take a boat tour of the lake, which is a great way to get up close and personal with the local wildlife, including a variety of bird species.

If you are interested in culture, Lake Kivu is home to several communities, each with its unique traditions and customs. Visitors can interact with the locals, learn about their way of life, and even sample some of the local cuisine, which includes fresh fish and traditional Rwandan dishes.

The Best Time to Visit Lake Kivu

The best time to visit Lake Kivu is during the dry season, which runs from June to September. During this time, the weather is mild and pleasant, with clear skies and little rainfall. The dry season is also a great time for outdoor activities, such as hiking, swimming, and boat tours.

However, visitors should be aware that the dry season is also the peak tourist season, and prices for accommodation and tours may be higher than during other times of the year. It is advisable to book accommodations and activities in advance to secure availability and avoid disappointment.

If you prefer to avoid the crowds, the months of June to September December to February are also a good time to visit, as they fall within the short dry season. The weather is still mild and pleasant, and there are fewer tourists around. However, visitors should be prepared for occasional showers during this time.

The rainy season, which runs from March to May and from October to November, is not the best time to visit Lake Kivu, as heavy rainfall can disrupt outdoor activities and make travel difficult. However, the rains also bring out the lush greenery and offer a unique perspective of the lake’s beauty.


June to September, December to February


June to September


Lake Kivu Gallery.

Accommodation and Accessibility

If you are looking for the facilities and amenities of a deluxe hotel, then the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel should be your choice. It offers guests use of a swimming pool complete with a wading section, as well as a fitness center. Choose from among 66 rooms, of which 37 are Standard Rooms and 23 are Family Rooms, with a choice of double or twin beds. 6 Luxury Suites are also available and provide guests with a separate living and working room. The hotel offers interconnected rooms for traveling families, along with a specially furnished room for the physically challenged. Other amenities include a flat-screen TV with cable, supplies for making tea and coffee, and a safety deposit box for valuables. Guests seeking relaxation will appreciate that each room has a small seating area and access to a balcony and patio with views of the garden and lake.

Activities and Attractions Lake Kivu

Kayaking and Water Sports

Under the guidance of a highly trained and experienced kayak leader, spend a few hours, a full day or even a few days paddling the clear blue waters of the lake, exploring the countless inlets and bays, soaking up the spectacular scenery, meeting local fishermen, visiting hot springs and keeping an eye out for local wildlife such as long-tailed cormorants, flocks of pelicans, crowned cranes, tiny malachite kingfishers and Congo clawless otters.

Boat Cruises

A rewarding and tranquil cruise on the waters of the lake with longer cruises taking you to Amahoro and Munini Islands – the latter is also named Napoleon Island due to its resemblance to the conquering Frenchman’s infamous hat. The island is home to a large colony of fruit bats and after a short and relatively easy climb brings you face-to-face with them.

Sport Fishing

For keen anglers out there, Lake Kivu has some superb fishing – there are nearly 30 different recorded species of fish in the lake and as a reward for your exertions trying to catch them, you’re allowed to keep one fish for yourself, perhaps taking it back to your accommodation where the chef will prepare and cook it to perfection for you to so you can enjoy your spoils over an evening meal and a glass of wine.


Rwanda as a resplendent destination for keen birders with over 700 recorded species throughout the ‘land of a thousand hills’ and Lake Kivu is certainly not a destination to skip out on if you’re looking to tick off many new ‘lifers’ as possible. Bird watching activities could take you on nature walks through the surrounding forests and along the lake shores as well as boat cruises on the lake itself as you go in search of; Bronzed Sunbirds, Common Waxbill, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Bronze Manikin, Speckled Pigeons, African fish eagle, spotted Cardinal Woodpecker, African Pied Wagtail, Yellow-throated Greenbul, Chin-spot Batis, Ashy Flycatcher, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher and Tropical Boubou – to name just a few. Have your binoculars at ready!


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