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Running for almost 100km along the Congolese border Lake Kivu is one of Africa's great lakes.  As the lake has a depth of 480m at its maximum causing the deep blue colours together with the terraced escapements it is also one of Africa's most beautiful. The white sandy shore line is dotted with many small towns and villages with Gisenyi up in the north being the most developed. 

Being only a two hour drive from Kigali and a one hour's drive from the Volcanoes National Park and the Virungas Conservation Area it provides the perfect retreat before or after the thrill of a gorilla trek. Many activities can be arranged on the Lake Kivu including canoeing, lake fishing, swimming and boat trips.


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Fly to

Kigali via Nairobi

Flying time

10 hours 10 minutes

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required

Best time to travel

July - September, December - January

Weather

The driest months in Rwanda are between July and September and from December to January. The rains tend to fall between April and May and then again from October to November. However, trekking for gorillas involves entering the rainforests so you need to be prepared to get wet and muddy most of the year.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Rwanda

Nights: 8 | from £5,535pp

Compact Rwanda delivers a mighty punch. This is one of the only places in the world in which you can experience intimate encounters with wild mountain... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Gorilla Tracking from Nairobi

Nights: 3 | from £3,225pp

A chance to witness mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Rwanda on this exciting 3 night trip with expert trained guides on-hand. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Lake Kivu Serena

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is ideally located on a sandy beach, in the Rwandan resort town of Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu, the 6th largest lake in... Find out more

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Read about our lastest experiences in Africa in our Travel Blog pages.

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I tracked the Susa group which is the one I really wanted to see - it was almost as if gorillas were tumbling out of every bush, shrub and even at times they seemed to fall from the sky.

- MM, Edinburgh


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