Interested in exploring part of the Democratic Republic of Congo? This is a fantastic opportunity to a see a peaceful area of the country and visit the second largest inland island in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world. Idjwi Island - in Lake Kivu - is part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and is situated on Lake Kivu between Rwanda and the DRC. The island is removed from the rest of Congo in a lot of ways. With it's more than 250,000 inhabitants, it has no paved roads, no running water, few government services, and has been isolated from much of the country's recent past. Idjwi is known as a safe haven in the region.
Yves is a life long resident and well respected community member on the island, and as director of Idjwi's only radio station is a bit of a public figure. Yves will be your guide and take you around to meet local people and explore various communities. There are a wide range of entrepreneurs that you can meet. Yves can take you to pottery, fishing, farming, brick making communities, and more. In addition, you can visit his radio station, local markets, schools, and health clinics that dot the island. Discuss with Yves and select those of interest to you. Fees paid for the visit support the entrepreneurs and local community initiatives you meet with.
Idjwi is a peaceful and beautiful landscape with welcoming people, endless fields, small villages, and rural fishing communities. Apart from a few generators and solar panels, there is no electricity connection. The population mainly speaks their local language - ‘Kihavu’ - and there are less than a dozen cars on the island (so transport is by moto, bicycle or on foot). When visiting, it feels like entering a different world, and it's difficult to imagine that Goma is just an hour away by ferry.