Idjwi is an island in Lake Kivu, belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At 70 km (43 mi) in length and with an area of 340 km2 (131 sq mi), it is the second largest inland island in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world. Idjwi is roughly equidistant between the DRC and Rwanda, with 10 to 15 kilometres (6 to 9 mi) separating its western shore from the DRC mainland and a similar distance between its eastern shore and the coastline of Rwanda. The island’s southern tip, however, lies only 1 kilometre from a promontory of the Rwandan coast.
Idjwi is described as “Africa’s Forgotten Island” for good reason. The Island people have been surrounded for years by war, but have always been spared the violence. Unfortunately, they have also been spared assistance. Although many international organizations are active in Eastern Congo, there is virtually no support for the Idjwi Community.
This mountainous island surrounded by the serenity of Lake Kivu is one of the most beautiful places I have travelled to. The lush greenery and the view of the vast and calm lake is a photographers dream and it’s among the reasons why travellers connecting from Goma to Bukavu are advised to check out on this famous islands.
Historically a clan-based society, Idjwi Island became a kingdom in the late 18th century (roughly between 1780 and 1840). Idjwi lies within the Sud-Kivu province of the DRC.
Accommodation: There is a wide range of places to stay in the Idjwi island Ecosystem. There is also a very good idjwi island Map if you would like to know more about the general size and area. A guide to Safari accomodation to enjoy the stay at idjwi island in congo , we list the main accommodations & camping sites on the island with only two lodges. Some of the best camps and lodges are fabulous destinations in their own right, almost as interesting as the way of locals around them!
Other Tourists Attractions Near Idjwi Island.
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