While in Nyamasheke, I visited the serene Kumbya Retreat Center in Kanjongo Sector. The facility is ideal for those who need to take a break from their stressful lives and reclaim their peace of mind.
Thrill seekers are welcome too. The center offers a couple of nail-biting activities. One of them is a swing that forcefully propels participants 100-plus feet into the air, above the surface of the lake. What follows requires advanced diving skills and prayers.
I entertained the idea of using the aforementioned swing to conduct the most terrifying diving experiment ever. I wanted to take a leap of faith but my little faith failed me. This was next level stuff.
On the other side of the peninsula, I found a diving board set up on a cliff, about 20 meters above the surface of the lake. Unlike the extreme swing I had discovered earlier, this board looked like something I could handle.
After confirming the depth of the landing spot beneath the cliff, I stood on the board, gathered courage and jumped. It had been a while since I had indulged in such a nerve-racking activity. While free-falling from the board, I questioned my decisions and wondered what had I put myself into?
Panic-stricken and in desperate need of air. That’s how I can describe my experiences underneath the surface of the lake. It felt like fighting for dear life amid a self inflicted disaster. Perceived or not, thrill seeking involves an element of risk. When a thrilling experience turns on the testosterone switch, vision narrows, adrenaline kicks in and the heart rate shoots up.
This activity requires advanced training. If you are not a competent diver, stay far away from the board. There are other exhilarating activities that suits the needs of athletically limited visitors. Stay tuned for details.
The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Nyamasheke is sponsored by Nyamasheke District, The Click Creations, Tec-Global Ltd, Elimo Real Estate Ltd and Exposure.