Islands in Rwanda

Islands in Rwanda

islands in rwanda

Rwanda is a land of great diversity and beauty. Popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’ with island which are astonishingly beautiful, vibrant red and among Rwanda’s hidden treasures,

These islands are good for fishing, swimming, lush plantations and tourism.

Islands in Rwanda have been summarized to include the following

Iwawa Island

Iwawa Island is located in the middle of Lake Kivu.The Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre (IRVDC) is found on the Island. This is a centre created by the Rwanda Ministry of Youth to address the growing problem of youth-related drug problems in the country. The centre focuses on rehabilitation and cultivating sober minds and skills development such as tailoring, building and carpentry.

Idjwi Island

Idjwi is the world’s tenth largest inland island, stretching 25 miles down the centre of Lake Kivu to cover an estimated area of 110 square miles. Only 2 miles wide in places, the island has a long shoreline relative to its area. The island has rugged mountains and has inadequate infrastructure hence the transport to and from the Island is by boat. Transport on the island is quite limited.


Idjwi Island is located on Lake Kivu along the border between Rwanda and the Democrati c Republic of the Congo is 70 km in length and with an area of 340 km², second largest Inland Island in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world.

Population and main activities

The island has population in excess of 220,000 which is dependent on subsistence Agriculture and fishing. The main activities on the Island including the following:

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Pottery
  • Subsistence Agriculture.