Between Musanze and the Ugandan border are two scenic lakes usually referred to as the twin lakes; Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo. They are fed by rivers and a lake in Uganda. The twin lakes area is very scenic, with steep and intensively farmed hills surrounding the pristine dark blue waters. They offer magnificent views over the whole of the Virunga Volcanoes (weather permitting).
Walking and bird watching are possible in the hills and at some points around the lakes, but due to the very steep character of the landscape most visitors prefer to drive up the small track leading to a lodge situated on the top of the hill overlooking both lakes to enjoy the scenery and have a refreshing drink at the lake.
Excursions of the Twin Lakes
Excursions around these lakes make it possible to explore the green volcano slopes, the giant volcanoes, the last heaven for mountain gorillas.
Ruhondo visitors can hire a boat to go on a scenic lake cruise and have an opportunity to spot many waterbirds such as herons, kingfishers, cormorants, darters, hammerkops, stalks, cranes etc. A pair of binoculars and a bird book is handy.
Strong feelings and magic places that take your breath!
The scenic and photogenic Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo and the nearby Rugezi Swamp are recognized for their excellent water-birding opportunities.
Local Activities around the Twin Lakes Burera and Ruhondo
Within the area, there are a number of community-based tourism tours on offer, such as Village visit, Agro-production plants, ethno-botany tour or even local fishing using traditional methods; or simply sit back and take-in the breathtaking scenery of the area Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo inclusive.
A boat trip or a canoe boat can be taken along the waters of Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo for sightseeing.
A day trip to the Twin lakes can be combined with a boat cruise or a boat trip or even a canoe on Lake Kivu in Rubanvu Gisenyi near Democratic Republic of Congo in Goma.