Lake Kivu is one of the Great Lakes of Africa. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Albertine Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows south into Lake Tanganyika, another Great Lake.
The largest city on its shores is Gisenyi, known for its water sports and surprisingly tropical beaches. The town resembles a forgotten tropical beach resort with an endearing mismatch of architectural styles, sandy red shore, and lakeside extremely rich in birdlife. The northern shore of the lake where the towns of Goma and Gisenyi are found features lava formations from the eruptions of the nearby Mount Nyiragongo. And Gisenyi is also home to Bralirwa, the only brewery in Rwanda - nothing like a cold beer to relieve stress.
Visitors will be tempted to spent more than a few days here as the beachfront accommodation, bustling marketplaces, forgotten colonial buildings and treelined streets all add to the town's allure. Add to that the proximity of the town to the Volcanoes National Park and the Gorilla tracking activities most visitors to Rwanda are after.