When we made it to Mount Kabuye’s summit, I took a walk around the crest and saw the volcanoes and the twin lakes. Then I sat on the bench and soaked up the view of the rolling hills I am obsessed with.
After watching the sunset spectacle from my favorite bench, I took a warm bath and joined fellow hikers around the campfire. As dinner was served, we shared our past travel experiences around the world. There was no Wi-Fi but we found a better connection.
Soaring to the heights of 2,700 meters above sea level, Kabuye is the third highest mountain in Rwanda outside the Volcanoes National Park. It takes 2 - 5 hours to reach the summit, depending on the hiker’s pace and the starting point.
The first time I camped on this mountain, I rode a motorbike to the highest navigable point with a secure parking facility. From there, I hiked for about half an hour before summiting. This time around, we were driven to Nemba Sector and pursued a longer trail spanning the distance of about nine kilometers.
Mount Kabuye campsite is run by Beyond the Gorillas Experience (BGE). The facility has a bar, restaurant, bathrooms and other amenities. I was impressed by the culinary expertise of the chef who prepared our meals. He earned my positive review.
Before I crawled into my tent, I spared a minute to marvel at the surrounding areas one more time. Darkness had enveloped the sky around the mountain and the landscapes beneath it. Illuminating lights from scattered settlements in the districts of Gakenke, Burera, Musanze, Rulindo and Gicumbi looked like little diamonds sprinkled on a dark surface.
The author is an adventurer on a tour of all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring journey on Twitter @GeoExposure.