Can I drink water in Rwanda?

Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Rwanda. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.


There are many sources of water in Rwanda and they include:

Lake Ihema- it is found in Akagera National park and it’s the major lake there, boat cruises are done on it, swimming, sports fishing and so on.

The twin lakes; Burera and Buhondo- the two lakes are situated in the same area in Musanze district. The twin lakes serve a large number of people in Rwanda with water. Small scale fishing, canoe ride and so on. The twin Lakes are also tourist attractions which earns the country foreign exchanges.

Lake Kivu – it is the largest lake in Rwanda. It serves people with water, fishing ground, recreation centres (beaches), source of touris attraction and so on.

Rivers also provide water to the people in addition to rain water.