Exploring the natural wonders in Rwanda : Rwanda is a landlocked country in the central Africa known as the heart of Africa, the land is known as “Land of a thousand Hills” with an area of approximately 26,338km2. It lies 75 miles southwest of equator, 880 miles west of Indian Ocean and 1,250 miles east of Atlantic Ocean. Rwanda borders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its capital city, Kigali Rwanda is a country full of surprises. It’s become one of Africa’s most sought after wildlife destinations-  here you have an opportunity to sight the endangered mountain gorilla, as well as buffalo, antelope, giraffe, leopards, hyenas and unique bird species. The unspoiled nature is not the only thing Rwanda will amaze you with. The Genocide Memorial, build to honor the victims of the horrific genocide that happened 25 years ago, provides a lot of food for thought. The country has however, this article presents to you the guide of some of the most captivating lakes in Rwanda and activities you can engage in each of them.

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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is the biggest lakes in Rwanda with stunningly natural wonders. It is located in the western part of the country, stretching from the north in the foothills of the Virunga mountains down to the south near Nyungwe forest national park. The lake is shared between the democratic republic of Congo and thereby making up the biggest part of the border between the two countries.

The lake is one of the beautiful lakes in the central Africa. It is surrounded by lush rolling hills and dotted with many stunningly beautiful green islands. This gorgeous scenery is largely because of its location in the Albertine rift valley. The lake is home to 28 different fish species including the blue-spotted tilapia, the red tilapia, and Nile tilapia among other species. Water birds like the Common Waxbill spotted Yellow-throated Greenbul, Speckled Pigeons, Chin-spot Batis, Ashy Flycatcher, Cardinal Woodpecker, Bronzed Sunbirds and so many more. Visitors can explore the lake by taking a boat cruise tours, swimming, Kayaking or even relaxing on one of the many beaches along the shorelines.

Lake Muhazi

Lake Muhazi is a thin shallow lake located along the western part of Rwanda, it also known as a flooded valley lake which lies in an East and west direction. The lake is a nature hideaway surrounded by lush vegetation making it a paradise for bird- watchers and is a popular spot for fishing, boating. Visitors can participate in a boat cruise tour of the lake to explore its many coves and inlets, or rent a kayak to paddle around on their own.

Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera

Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera are Rwanda’s beautiful twin lakes found at the base of volcano Muhabura. These known as twins lakes Ruhondo and Burera are just so close to the border of Rwanda and Uganda at the edges of Volcanoes national park.  Volcanoes national park is famous for mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera are called twin lakes because they are very close to each other and one Lake Feds into the other. The twin lakes Ruhondo and Burera are separated by a 1km stretch of land which was formed after the eruption of Mountain Sabyinyo. Lake Burera is surrounded by hills and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can take a boat tour of the lake or go fishing for trout, which are abundant in the lake’s clear waters and The lake Ruhondo is surrounded by hills and offers a tranquil setting for fishing, boating, and bird watching. Visitors can take a boat tour of the lake or rent a kayak to explore on their own.

Exploring the natural wonders in Rwanda
Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera

Lake Ihema

Lake Ihema is one of the most beautiful places in Rwanda, with its luxuriant green forests and crystal clear waters. The lake is located in Akagera national park in the eastern province of Rwanda.  If you are looking for a unique way to experience this natural beauty, a boat cruise on Lake Ihema is the perfect choice with offers you with a magical safari experience. Lake Ihema is located in the south-western part of Rwanda and is a breathtakingly beautiful forested lake, with many islands and peninsulas. Lake Ihema has three major branches, which serve as tributaries to the Kagera River which are Nyabugogo branch, Muhanga branch and Muhanga River.  The lake is a home a variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, and a number of bird species. Travelers can take a boat tour of the lake to get a closer look at the wildlife, or go fishing for tilapia, which are abundant in the lake.

Lake Cyohoha

Lake Cyohoha is situated in the southeastern part of Rwanda, near Nyanza, Lake Cyohoha is a small crater lake surrounded by lush forests. It’s an idyllic spot for relaxation and reflection. You can take leisurely strolls along its shores, go for a swim, or simply enjoy a picnic in the tranquil surroundings.

Lake Rweru

Lake Rweru is located in the southeastern part of Rwanda, near the border with Burundi. It is a shallow lake that is surrounded by wetlands and is an important habitat for a number of bird species. Travelers can take a boat tour of the lake to explore its many channels and inlets, or go bird watching to spot some of the rare and endangered species that call the lake home.

In general Rwanda’s lakes offer a diverse range of activities and experiences, from thrilling water sports to serene nature encounters. Each lake has its own unique charm, making them perfect destinations for travelers seeking both adventure and tranquility. So, when you visit Rwanda, be sure to explore these stunning lakes and immerse yourself in the natural wonders. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply looking for a peaceful escape, Rwanda’s lakes have something special in store for you. Come and discover the beauty of these hidden gems, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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