Photo credit: Wilsen Tish
My new destination is Rulindo District, found in the Northern Province. This district borders Gasabo, Nyarugenge, Kamonyi, Gakenke, Burera and Gicumbi. Despite its close proximity to the capital, Rulindo is embellished with pristine hills rarely seen near the cities.
On my way to Rulindo, I marveled at the green hills rolling on one side of the highway and the meandering Nyabarongo River on the other side. I feel like Nyabarongo follows me wherever I go.
The valley through which Nyabarongo flows is very deep. At some point, something foggy appeared above it, obstructing my view. The road I was navigating was higher than the said foggy cover altitude-wise. Whenever I looked down there, I felt like I was flying.
When I launched the 30 Districts Expedition, I mentioned districts I usually overlook and the hidden gems I have been bypassing for years. Rulindo is one of them. This time round, I will explore the district extensively and find out what happens behind the scenes.
I don’t know what to expect. I understand this district is known for its production of tea and an organic sweetener known as stevia. Rulindo is also home to Urwibutso Enterprises, the producers of a wide range of Nyirangarama products. I am also aware of the attraction power of the heritage site of Kirenge.
I have heard fascinating stories about the mystery of King Ruganzu’s footprint and his military prowess. A visit to Kirenge cya Ruganzu has been on my bucket list for a while. It’s finally happening.
While riding to Musanze, in the beginning of this grand tour of Rwanda, I had two stopovers in Rulindo. I remember the tea break at Sorwathe Tea Center and a bathroom break at Nyirangarama Village. As usual, I didn’t leave the latter without buying one of those made-in-Rulindo Urwibutso products. No one leaves Sina Gerald’s economic zone without buying something.
Over the next ten days or so, I will be sharing my experiences and observation in Rulindo District. At the end of this tour, I will release an e-book covering the district exclusively. Speaking of e-books, it has come to my attention that the Karongi and Musanze ones are not PC-friendly. I am looking into it.
The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Rulindo is sponsored by The Click Creations, Ikaze Rwanda Tours & Travel, The Peakspot Lodge, Rusiga Highland Resort, My Hill Ecolodge and Beyond the Gorillas Experience (BGE).