Lake Kivu National Park

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About Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is located on the western side of Rwanda along the boarder between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The Lake is regarded the biggest water body in Rwanda and the sixth largest lake in Africa. The lake covers a total surface area of about 2,700 km2 (1,040 sq mi) and stands at a height of 1,460 meters (4,790 ft) above sea level. Many tourists who make it to Rwanda find it very difficult to leave Rwanda without a visit to this wonderful Lake. Lake Kivu is just a lovely option for a slower route either from volcanoes national park a known park for gorilla tracking and Nyungwe forest national park a known Rwanda park for chimpanzee tracking enjoy also the three nearby towns known as Cyangugu, Kibuye as well as Gisenyi. Its one perfect place to visit as you will be in position to enjoy a number of beach activities like swimming, relaxing, perhaps take a boat ride to see the islands that surround the lake. Apart from the water activities, extra tourist activities to participant in around the lake include bird watching as the lake is gifted with various species of birds so bird lovers are rewarded a lot, birds to see include malachite kingfishers, crowned cranes, pelicans and many more.


  • Kayaking and Water Sports
  • Boat Cruises
  • Sport Fishing
  • Island Hopping and Coffee
  • Mountain Biking and Hiking
  • Birding
  • The Singing Fishermen

Climate and Weather

Kivu Lake enjoys a subtropical highland climate (with dry winter) in accordance with the Köppen-Geiger classification. The yearly average maximum temperature in Kivu Lake is 23°C (ranging from 22°C in may to 24°C in february). Annual rainfall is 3434mm, with a minimum of 77mm in july and a maximum of 437mm in april.


Daytime temperatures range from 8°C to 20°C (46°F to 68°F), varying with altitude.


High humidity levels, especially after rainfall, contribute to the park’s lush vegetation.

Altitude Influence

Varied altitudes within the park create microclimates, impacting temperature and weather conditions.

Seasonal Considerations

Gorilla trekking is feasible year-round, with the drier months (June to September) considered more popular.