Shore of Lake Kivu © Adam Jones, Ph.D.
Lake Kivu is renowned as one of the continent's seven Great Lakes. Surrounded by verdant hills and spread over 1,040 square miles (2,700 sq km) on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the lake's shimmering emerald-green surface is a jewel in the centre of Africa. The towns of Cyangugu, Kibuye and Rubavu (formerly known as Gisenyi) lie on its shores and are becoming increasingly popular with tourists, given the ample opportunities they offer for water sports, island excursions, bird watching, and hiking through mint-scented clusters of eucalyptus trees. Travellers will also have no trouble finding bars to enjoy lakeside sundowners.