Twin Lakes in Rwanda

Twin Lakes in Rwanda

Twin Lakes in Rwanda : The twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in Rwanda are a must-see for any traveller on a Rwanda safari. These lakes may be found halfway between Musanze and the Ugandan border.

Because of their close proximity and the fact that one lake feeds into the other, these lakes (Burera and Ruhondo) are known as twin lakes. Given that Lake Burera is located at a somewhat higher elevation (150 metres) than Lake Ruhondo, it appears that she is draining her waters into the latter. The two lakes are divided by a one-kilometer-long (about 2800-hectare) swath of land created by Mount Sabyinyo’s eruption.

The twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in Rwanda are linked by a pipeline that is 70 degrees sloped on top of the Ntaruka hydropower facility.

Both lakes, Burera and Ruhondo, are thought to be around 180 metres deep, according to researchers. Because the waterways are free of predators such as crocodiles, they are considered safe for human activity.

The twin lakes are an excellent diversion travel option for anybody returning from a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The twin lakes are conveniently located on the borders of Volcanoes National Park, at the foothills of the Sabyinyo, Muhabura, Bisoke, and Gahinga Mountains. The lakes provide ideal scenic views, surrounded by high and well terraced hills, with deep blue crystal clear waters visible from neighboring hills.

Visitors to Rwanda’s twin lakes can explore a couple of islands by boat or during a boat tour on either lake. Muhabura, Bushongo, Bishosho, Munanira, and Cuza are some of the islands that visitors may visit. There are excellent picnic areas on the tops of the hills that encircle the lakes. Enjoy your picnic with loved ones while admiring the magnificent and breathtaking views of the lakes, birds, and surrounding hills.

Twin Lakes in Rwanda
Twin Lakes in Rwanda

What to do during your visit to the Twin Lakes in Rwanda.

While on a tour to Rwanda’s twin lakes, guests may participate in a variety of activities. Among them are few examples:

Canoeing and Boat Rides

Visitors to the twin lakes can go canoeing or on a boat trip on the lakes. Visitors may enjoy the wonderful bird life as well as the surrounding lush green and terraced hills around the lakes by taking a boat excursion or riding in a canoe. A boat journey on Lake Burera or Lake Ruhondo might cost between USD 20 and $30 per person. Visitors can also visit neighbouring lake islands such as Bushongo, Munanira, Cuza, and Bishosho. Visitors can also take swimming or canoeing lessons from expert boatmen on the islands.

Community Cultural Tours

Visitors can also take a guided walk to one of the nearby communities or villages on one of the twin lakes’ islands. During these community/village visits, visitors have the opportunity to interact with the locals, watch performances by local entertainment groups, listen to folktales told by community elders, and learn a lot more about Rwanda’s culture and history.

Farm Tours

Visitors can also visit farms on neighboring islands. Visitors can participate in farming tasks such as digging and harvesting crops, fruits, tea, and coffee on a farm tour. Visitors can also enjoy a locally prepared supper with a host family.

Bird Watching

The twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in Rwanda are rich in biodiversity, having a variety of bird species in the vicinity. This is an excellent location for bird viewing. Birds such as the cormorant, Kingfisher, darters, and Hammerkop can be seen by visitors on a birding adventure.


Tourists that visit Rwanda’s twin lakes can also engage in fishing activities on the lakes. Native fishermen on the islands teach visitors how to utilize local fishing methods. Visitors who wish to engage in fishing activities on the lake may do so with their own equipment.

Twin Lakes in Rwanda
Twin Lakes in Rwanda

Nature hikes, bicycling, and camping are some of the other activities available to guests when they visit the twin lakes.

Best Time to visit the Twin Lakes in Rwanda.

Visitors to Rwanda’s twin lakes can visit at any time of the year. Visits to either Lake Burera or Lake Ruhondo are possible all year. Visitors can plan a trip to the lakes by contacting a reputable tour operator.

How to get to the Twin Lakes in Rwanda.

Visitors who want to see the twin lakes in Rwanda must go by road. Volcanoes National Park provides easy access to the twin lakes. These lakes are roughly an hour’s drive from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Those travelling from Kigali City will need to drive 99 kilometres (approximately 1 hour and 13 mins) to Lake Burera. Visitors arriving in Kigali will need to drive to the nearest town to Lake Burera, Cyeru, which is around 11 kilometres away. It takes around 32 minutes to drive from Cyeru town to Lake Burera.

Visitors travelling from Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park may also visit the twin lakes. Using the Cyanika Road from Kisoro area in Uganda, visitors may easily access either of the twin lakes. It will take around 2 hours and 6 minutes to drive to Lake Burera from the park and almost an hour and a half to get to Lake Ruhondo.

Rwanda’s twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo are unquestionably gorgeous, and every visitor visiting Rwanda on Rwanda Safaris should make a point of seeing the twin lakes.

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