Lake Burera and Ruhondo

Lake Burera, commonly referred to as Bulera, along with its counterpart, Lake Ruhondo, are a pair of picturesque lakes nestled in the northwest region of Rwanda, near the border with Uganda. Often dubbed the Twin Lakes, these bodies of water contribute significantly to the natural beauty of the area. Burera, with its expansive 55 km2 (20 sq mi) surface area, ranks as the second-largest lake entirely within Rwanda, second only to Lake Ihema. Meanwhile, Ruhondo, fed primarily by Burera, spans approximately 2800 hectares and extends across three districts: Burera, Musanze, and Gakenke.

Both lakes owe their existence to the volcanic activity of the surrounding mountains, notably the Sabyinyo and Kalisimbi Volcanoes. Despite being situated just 600 meters apart, they are separated by a remarkable 100-meter drop in altitude. This geographical feature has facilitated the establishment of a hydroelectric power plant on the Ntaruka stream, connecting the two lakes, generating 11.5 MW of electricity.

The Twin Lakes region not only serves as a hub of natural beauty but also plays a vital role in local communities. Fishing activities thrive on the lakes, providing sustenance and livelihoods for many residents. Additionally, the lakes' proximity to the bustling city of Musanze, located 25 km (16 mi) to the west, makes them accessible points of interest for both locals and tourists alike.

As part of the breathtaking landscape bordering Volcanoes National Park, Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo offer visitors a serene escape into nature's wonders. Their tranquil waters, flanked by lush vegetation and the towering presence of nearby volcanoes, make them integral components of Rwanda's rich tapestry of natural beauty and cultural heritage.