Rwanda, in east-central Africa, is surrounded by the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. Steep
mountains and deep valleys cover most of the country. Lake Kivu in the
northwest, at an altitude of 4,829 ft (1,472 m), is the highest lake in Africa.
Extending north of it are the Virunga Mountains, which include the volcano
Karisimbi (14,187 ft; 4,324 m), Rwanda's highest point.