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Camping on the edge of Volcanoes National Park

Camping on the edge of Volcanoes National Park

I spent the last two weeks of July in Nyamasheke. After returning to Kigali, I drove a client to Nyaruguru where I spent a few days before dropping her in Musanze.

While in Musanze, I had another memorable camping experience at The Peakspot Lodge found on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park. The six-acre property encompasses five cabins and a family cottage. These structures are built using volcanic stones and other locally sourced materials, reflecting the surrounding environment.

It was Friday night. The campsite was hosting a small group of domestic tourists. The youngsters from Kigali had escaped to the woods in pursuit of adventure and fresh air.

The Covid epoch has been particularly hard for young people. Whilst spending most of the time battling boredom, social starvation has taken a toll on their lives. It is therefore befitting to give them opportunities to have some fun while adhering to the directives put in place to curb the spread of Covid- 19.

It will be a while before the pre-pandemic nightlife is revived. In the meantime, tour operators are offering alternative recreational activities while ensuring safety protocols are strictly observed.

Visiting tourist attractions is more fulfilling than spending a whole weekend confined in your local pub emptying one bottle after another. Discovering what this remarkable destination has in store will also expand your horizon and create memories you will cherish for the rest of your life. Maybe, the closure of our beloved ’locals’ is opening our eyes and enabling us to see the finer things in life.

Back to the campsite, I sat by the campfire and drank some wine while trying to count the stars. Finally, I crept into my tent and slept like a baby. It had been a long week. This getaway is exactly what I needed.

The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Musanze is sponsored by Ikaze Rwanda Tours & Travel, The Peakspot Lodge, My Hill Ecolodge, Ndaza Escape, Migano Hotel, Crema Cafe, Volcanoes Residence, Exposure and Beyond the Gorillas Experience (BGE).

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