Lake Kivu is the largest of numerous freshwater bodies that shimmer in the valleys of Rwanda. Lakes Burera and Ruhondo, close to the gorilla-tracking centre of Ruhengeri, are oft-neglected gems, deep blue waters ringed by steep hills and tall waterfalls, with the nearby Virunga volcanoes providing a spectacular backdrop. Lake cruises between popular resort towns such as Cyangugu, Kibuye and Gisenyi Water sport facilities in Kibuye Nature discovery tours around the many deserted islands with largely unexplored natural attractions Napoleon's Hat Island: Climb to the top of Napoleon's hat and experience of thousands of bats darkening the sky Island of Peace: Swimming, relaxing, beach volleyball, eating and drinking, watching the sunset












   lake Burera and Ruhondo (North provine )                lake Kivu

The lake kivu covers a total surface area of some 2,700 km2 (1,040 sq mi) and stands at a height of 1,460 metres (4,790 ft) above sea level. The lake bed sits upon a rift valley that is slowly being pulled apart, causing volcanic activity in the area, and making it particularly deep: its maximum depth of 480 m (1,575 ft) is ranked fifteenth in the world. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains.

The world's tenth-largestinland island ,Idjwi, lies in Lake Kivu, as does the tiny island of Tshegera, which also lies within the boundaries of virunga national park ; while settlements on its shore include Bukavu ,kabare,kalehe,Sake and Goma in Congo and Gisenyi,Kibuye and Cyangugu in Rwanda.