If you’ve done gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, you might find yourself fairly tired afterwards and Lake Kivu’s the perfect place to put your feet up. This is picture-perfect Rwanda, where steeply terraced hillsides tumble down to the sandy beaches of the lakeshore. Fishermen put out in traditional dugout canoes, and inland coffee plantations make for one of the finest cups in Africa. Stay in one of the three lakeshore towns, and use this as your base for exploring Lake Kivu.
Aside from visiting Kivu’s coffee experience, take a mountain bike over one of the many trails along the lakeshore, visit the fruit bats on Napoleon Island, or hike to one of the nearby hot springs. Alternatively, of course, you could just do what we like to do, and sit back with a book and a cool drink as the sun sets, and watch the pirogues in the harbour.