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Letter From Burera

Letter From Burera

I am writing this from a village known as Kidaho in the Northern Province of Rwanda. Earlier today, I visited Kalenda hill viewpoint and had lunch at the foot of Rugezi Falls.

From Kalenda vantage point, I saw parts of southwestern Uganda. At Rugezi Falls, I learned more about the formation of the twin lakes and Mukungwa River. There is a fascinating story behind these geographical features.

I will need several posts to chronicle my Kalenda - Rugezi adventures. Today, allow me to write something about the settlement in which my ongoing coffee break is taking place.

Kidaho is a small village in Cyanika Sector, Burera District — approximately 30 kilometers north of Musanze and about 5 kilometers from Cyanika border post. It is here where the junction to the ultra-modern Butaro Hospital and the world-class University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is found.

Kidaho is sandwiched between the Volcanoes National Park and the twin lakes. Muhabura, the third tallest volcano in the Virunga Massif, is clearly visible from anywhere in the village. On the other side, Lake Burera, and her twin sister (Lake Ruhondo) are in the vicinity.

I wanted to have coffee on the rooftop of Montana Vista Hotel, only to find it temporarily closed. I am now sipping self-brewed coffee from a friend’s office while updating you and charging my devices. After more than four years of running circles around the country, I have made friends in every umurenge.

It’s getting late. I am about to leave for Musanze where I will spend a night. Until next time, good bye Burera. I will miss you.

The author is a travel enthusiast currently visiting all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring journey on Twitter @GeoExposure

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