Gisenyi (Rubavu), right on the border with the DRC, is one of Rwanda's loveliest spots and the closest this landlocked country has to a beach resort. With some attractive stretches of sand fringed with all manner of tropical vegetation along Lake Kivu's long shore, Gisenyi is unsurprisingly a popular destination for wealthy Rwandans, expats and independent travellers alike. The town itself projects a languid air of some forgotten upcountry backwater, and that's part of its appeal. If you need some action, go on a boat tour, take a kayak excursion on majestic Lake Kivu or hit the Congo Nile Trail on foot or bicycle. One of the Great Lakes in the Albertine Rift Valley, it has a maximum depth of nearly 500m and is one of the 20 deepest and most voluminous lakes in the world.
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