A couple of days ago, I wrote something about the beginning of last weekend’s road trip. We left Kigali late and made it to Rubavu in the wee hours of Saturday morning. After the mysterious disappearance of our Airbnb’s key, we ended up at Palm Beach Hotel in Nyamyumba Sector.
When I opened my curtains in the morning, I was awestruck by the view of the lake, Akeza Island and Amashyuza Peninsula. Farther ahead, Kabakingi Island looked like a floating garden. That was a sight to behold.
After breakfast, we hit the road again. This time, our destination was Karongi. From downtown Rubavu, we drove uphill towards the edge of Gishwati Mukura National Park through sprawling tea plantations. This scenic highway meanders from Rubavu to Rusizi through Rutsiro, Karongi and Nyamasheke.
Upon arrival, we spun around my favorite resort town and had a drink aboard Iliza Houseboat. We considered spending a night in the boat but my aquaphobic friend nixed that idea. At the end of the day, we checked into Moriah Hill Resort.
It was a peaceful night. The tranquility I experienced at Moriah Hill was second to none. This serene resort is highly recommended for honeymooners and those who wish to reclaim their lost peace of mind.
On Sunday morning, I kayaked for an hour before visiting the Museum of Environment. Then I had coffee with my travel companions at Cleo Hotel. Finally, we resumed our road trip. From Karongi, we headed to Nyungwe National Park but that’s a story for another day.
The author is a travel enthusiast on a tour of all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring journey on Twitter @GeoExposure.