Magical Night Fishing Experience in Lake Kivu

In 1979, a rational exploitation of Lake Kivu fisheries started, and fishing resources in order to increase the protein supply and to create employment and revenue opportunities.

The main in the project of fishery in Lake Kivu is a clupeid Isambaza (Limnothrissamiodon) brought from Lake Tanganyika to Lake Kivu in 1959 (Collart, 1960).

Normally, fishing Isambaza, they use 3 local boats connected together (Trimaran), and the way of move
them is still in a paddle way. Fishing is the journey that starts around 5pm and ends next day around 7am, but the timing may depend also on the weather condition.

Visit Lake Kivu and fishermen in Gisenyi in Rubavu district, Karongi district, Kibuye in Rustiro district, Nyamasheke district and Rusizi district in Kamembe, and it is critical but recommended to see fishermen community when you visit Lake Kivu. Fishery has a great benefit to the people around the Lake and Rwanda in general.

Is it true that fishermen spend a whole night fishing?

Simply, answer is a big YES.
Start the journey at the evening and back on the shore the next day in the morning.

The three boats together form a team (Ikipe) of 8-10 fishermen whew each has its task. The team is completed with a big net that approximately measures 420 square meter and pushing lamps to light on in the dark to reflect in water and attract fishes. Despite the wind or rain, the evening time they prepare their journey, paddle and singing heading in the middle of the Lake Kivu.

During a night, fishermen operate two or three rounds. As a tourist, you are not forced to do the repeated rounds, one is enough for you, and it ends around 8:30’ and back on the shore by motorboat. The boat trip in the Lake Kivu would be recommended as the fishermen stay in the Lake for the next rounds.

Not only the above option is available, to separate the stages of a round is applicable. Evening time is made of starting the journey with fishermen, set the net, switch on the light, and back on the shore; Morning time around 5am, rejoin the fishermen, experience the last stage of lifting the net, see fishes, and back on the shore with the fishermen. In addition, Visitors see a selling process of the caught how is amazing.

What to wear when join the fishermen?

It may rain in the rain season, the fishing boat not covered; you easily get wet. The motorboat that accompanies you is covered, but no guarantee that you may not get wet. Bring with you a rain jacket and a warm coat if you get cold quickly. Expect your shoes to get wet also in case 2 pairs of shoes is recommended.

What to Carry

A camera, it is a lifetime experience, you need memories.
Don’t be worried if it rains, AMES BOAT TOURS provides dry bags for safety.

Is this night fishing a daily activity?

In general, the fishermen fish 25 days and rest 5 days, so, it is advised to contact AMES BOAT TOURS and decide the good time, and you can suggest date and see if it would be applicable. For conservation, fishery in the Lake Kivu is closed mostly in September and the 5 days in other month of the year.

Tip to know:

  • If you want a customized night fishing experience in the Lake Kivu is applicable
  • We remind that you still have options to enjoy and being excited with the fishermen either in the morning or in the evening as separated activity.
  • All stages of fishing activities are not mandatory.
  • Choose either Evening activity or Morning activity depending on your availability.
  • We can take pictures of you to be shared after the activity through in an agreed way.

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