Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s Great Lakes and lies on the border between DRC and Rwanda. It is part of the Albertine Rift Valley. Lake Kivu is approximately 2700km squared and in one of three known ‘exploding’ lakes. This term in used to describe the severe lake overturns which it experiences. It is not yet proven what triggers these lake overturns but volcanic activity is suspected. Lake Kivu has a unique gaseous chemical composition of methane and carbon dioxide. The Rwandan government is looking into large scale methane extraction. This project is likely to increase Rwanda’s energy generation capability by as much as 20 times and will enable Rwanda to sell electricity to neighbouring African countries.

Lake Kivu is an excellent place to relax and settle into for a couple of days. There are not many formal activities to take part in, but with its red sandy beaches, beautiful views of lush, green hills and the nearby Gisenyi town, Lake Kivu is definitely worth a visit. Boat rides can be taken on the lake, there is a prolific amount of bird life to be seen along the lake shore and Gisenyi offers lovely sightings of old colonial buildings and a chance to experience the hustle and bustle of a local market.

Imbabazi Orphanage is located in Gisenyi, originally started in December 1994 by Rosamond Carr from New York, USA. Rosamond Carr brought a flower plantation in the Mugongo area in 1955, for the next 50 years she witnessed the end of colonialism, celebrated Rwanda’s independence and became one of Diane Fossey’s closest friends. Rosamond was forced to leave by the American Embassy in April 1994 due to the outbreak of the genocide. She returned in August 1994, aged 82, to find her home and plantation ruined. She then decided to open her doors to genocide orphans and developed Imbabazi Orphanage. Due to security reasons the Orphanage has had to move locations 4 times, but is now settled in Gisenyi. The flower plantation is still running and provides fresh produce for the orphanage.

Accommodation in Lake Kivu


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