Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo -Rwanda’s twin lakes
Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo – These are named so because at a stage where one pours water to the other since they became intertwined or entangled. They are cantered in the suburbs of Volcanoes National Park at Ruhengeri, just on the foothills of Mountain Sabyinyo, Muhabura, Bisoke and Gahinga. The Twin Lakes are extremely beautiful, surrounded by mountains and beautiful woodland and only separated by 1 km wide strip of land, the experience of seeing these lakes is worth telling stories and the portion of water pouring is best viewed from an aerial view that makes it so entertaining
The twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo were named so because they are situated in the same areas and their physical connection. They are located within Musanze district at the base of the Mount Muhabura a walk away from the Volcanoes national park. The lakes offer tourists a beautiful view of landscape, wetland habitat, and water birds, Virunga volcanoes, local communities and attractions in the neighbouring Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A boat ride on the fresh waters of Rwanda twin lakes is a complement to Gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park, cultural visits, bird watching and volcano hiking which together make a complete Rwanda safari package.
The canoe ride also reward travellers with a breath of fresh air spectacular views of the green vegetation and some little birds of the water shores. Fortunately, the lakes are free from dangerous water animals like crocodiles which assure travellers of their safety on the waters. Also, travellers get a chance to interact with local people also riding as they cross to their gardens. It’s such an interesting activity no traveller should miss.
The twin lakes share a combined surface area of 2800 hectares of land and were formed as a result of volcanic eruption in the Virunga massif. It’s believed that the two lakes were formed after volcanic glaciers from the erupted volcanoes blocked river Nyabarongo that was flowing towards the northern part of the Rwanda. They are also examples of the lava dammed lakes in east Africa related to the story of their formation. The lake waters look green due to the green vegetation that encloses these water bodies which make it more magical.
Interestingly the two lakes also have islands which can be visited by a boat. a stand at an island is god for photography and sight-seeing. a boat ride at the twin lakes is well done in the afternoon hours which make it easy for travellers to combine this activity with other activities like gorilla trekking. The island is inhabited by locale people who welcome travellers with wide smiles. Also, local people introduce travellers to Rwanda’s traditions, cultures and norms which increase travellers understanding of Rwanda. Where time allows, travellers take part in; local activities such as cultivation which make the experience more enjoyable and extra ordinary.
Other Lakes and Rivers in Rwanda
Other Lakes in Rwanda are Lake Kivu, Lake Muhazi, Lake Cohoha, Lake Ihema and Lake Mugese among others. The Rivers include Kagera River, River Nyabarongo, Akanyaru River, Mukarara River, Ruhwa River, Sebeya River and Mbiururume River. All these Lakes and Rivers are surrounded by swamps which are breeding places of a variety of bird species hence best sites for bird watching.
In General, a visit to Rwanda’s twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhonda is undeniable a thrilling adventure. Book a Rwanda safari with Great Adventure Safaris, and enjoy a boat ride on the twin Lakes, trek mountain Gorillas and enjoy all the beauties, nature Rwanda has to offer.