Gisenyi town lies 125kms southwest of Kigali the Capital of Rwanda, this town tends to attract many tourists to visit it and the major attraction of this town is the Lake Kivu. Stretching to the DR. Congo, Lake Kivu is just 15% of its waters in Rwanda and the rest lies on the other side. The lake is known for its overlying beaches with a couple of hotels and lodges which will give you a peace of mind and relaxation.
Lake Kivu is the largest freshwater lake in Rwanda. The steep, terraced hills run along the shores of towns; Gisenyi, Kibuye & Cyangugu. These towns come as retreats in between and sometimes strenuous hikes to find chimps in the surrounding Nyungwe Forest National Parks.
Visitors to this part of Rwanda can relax, swim, or take a boat excursion past the small lakeside villages that offer a rewarding glimpse of African rural life. The towns are connected with wide roller-coaster roads which tumble through lush fields of misty rain-forests that offer sweeping views over the shimmering lake.
Lake Kivu is set in dramatic mountains of the Rift Valley and the volcanic Virunga Mountains to the north. The shores of Lake Kivu form numerous inlets and peninsulas and myriad forest-fringed waterfalls. Lake Kivu is set within the rift valley, making it among the list of the deepest lakes in the world.