Twin Lakes of Burera & Ruhondo

Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, commonly referred to as the twin lakes are located between Musanze and the Ugandan border. The lakes are nicknamed “twins” due to the fact that they are interconnected at a point where one lake pours its water into another.

The lakes which are so beautiful, are surrounded by towering mountains, lush forest cover and located at the foot of Muhabura, Gahinga and Bisoke Mountains.

These lakes are fishing grounds which makes them important for everyone on the tour in Rwanda and nearby local communities. The lakes are also toured as an extra activity after a gorilla tracking tour in Volcanoes N/Park.

The twin lakes areas have well cultivated hills surrounding the pristine dark blue waters, and offer a clear view of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes. Bird watching and nature walking are encouraged while in the hills and other areas around the lakes.

At Lake Ruhondo, one can choose to hire a boat for a cruise which is an opportunity to see different water birds like hammerkops, herons, cormorants, kingfishers, darters, cranes, storks to mention but a few.


The lakes are only one hour away from the Volcanoes NP when using a car. You can reach there by driving on tarmac roads which is in the south to Musanze and back to the north towards Cyanika or use a picturesque small dirt road which leads to the contour of the Volcanoes Ranges.


Bird watching.

The place offers very outstanding bird watching experiences, availing a very golden opportunity to watch many different bird types.

Boat rides.

Leisurely rides always take place using dug-out canoes or motor boats to all the different islands that exist on these twin lakes. The canoe ride also offers a chance to enjoy the beautiful landscape and see a number of water animals and birdlife.

The scenery.

Majority of the farmlands are terraced so you can spend most of your dear time enjoying the beautiful nature of the scenery. You will meet some of the local people that live around the lake who are fishermen and live extremely traditional lives.

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