Lake Kivu

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Lake Kivu

One of the Great Lakes of Africa is Lake Kivu. It is located in the Albertine Rift, the western arm of the East African Rift, and is on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The Ruzizi River, which drains Lake Kivu, empties into Lake Tanganyika towards the south.

The volume of Lake Kivu is 560 km3, and its total surface area is 2730 km2. It is located at an altitude of 1463 m above sea level. This lake, which is a shared resource between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is exceptionally deep because its bed is a valley that is slowly being pushed apart by a rift, generating volcanic activity nearby.
Freshwater lake Kivu is one of a kind in the globe. It has hot springs on occasion and deep water that is rich in dissolved methane and carbon dioxide gases. Due to the disparity in densities between the layers, this meromictic lake’s water never mixes, limiting the release of deep dissolved gases.

On the other side, at the deep levels of the Lake, gases from deep recharge and collect. As a result, methane gas extraction aids in lowering gas risk and enables the provision of a sizable amount of energy, both of which are advantageous for the socioeconomic well-being of the populace.

Additionally, Lake Kivu’s fisheries and fishing have grown significantly in economic and nutritional significance for the lakefront human population.

You can take a boat excursion on Lake Kivu from Kibuye (Karongi) to two adjacent islands: Amahoro Island, sometimes known as “One Bar Island” because it only has one bar on it, and Napoleon Island, which is home to a colony of fruit bats.
On Gisenyi’s lakefront, there is a nice public beach, however it may get very crowded, especially on the weekends.
A few hotels offer opportunities for water sports and private beaches. This is one of the greatest spots to go if you want to go on a cheap safari in Rwanda.

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