Between Musanze and the Ugandan border are two scenic lakes usually referred to as the twin lakes; Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo. They are fed by rivers and a lake in Uganda.
The twin lakes area is very scenic, with steep and intensively farmed hills surrounding the pristine dark blue waters. They offer magnificent views over the whole of the Virunga Volcanoes (weather permitting). Walking and birdwatching are possible in the hills and at some points around the lakes, but due to the very steep character of the landscape most visitors prefer to drive up the small track leading to a lodge situated on the top of the hill overlooking both lakes to enjoy the scenery and have a refreshing drink.
At Lake Ruhondo visitors can hire a boat to go on a scenic lake cruise and have an opportunity to spot many waterbirds such as herons, kingfishers, cormorants, darters, hammerkops, stalks, cranes etc. A pair of binoculars and a bird book is handy.
The twin lakes are located about an hour by car from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. They can be reached by driving on good tarmac roads south to Musanze and then back north towards Cyanika or alternatively along a picturesque small dirt road that follows the contour of the Volcanoes Range.