Lake Kivu is the largest of numerous freshwater lakes that shimmer in the valleys of Rwanda. Steep terraced hills lead down to the picturesque lakeshore, and the small lakeside villages offer a rewarding glimpse of rural life.  Birdlife around the lakes is fantastic including large numbers of pelicans, crowned cranes, malachite kingfishers and much more. Travellers delight in exploring the three colourful lakeside resort towns, including the largest, Gisenyi.  Pursuing the various water sports they have to offer, hiking, birding and boating to the numerous islands on the lake are just some of the activities available in the area.  Nearby you will also find volcanic hot springs that are worth a visit.