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Trekking in the Northern Province of Rwanda

Trekking in the Northern Province of Rwanda

This excursion was part of a week-long tour in the districts of Gakenke, Burera, and Musanze. The trip was organized by Beyond the Gorillas Experiences, a Musanze-based company offering unparalleled expeditions all over the land of 1,000 hills.

After another memorable camping experience on top of Mount Kabuye, we rambled to Lake Ruhondo through one of the most scenic trails I have ever seen. This vigorous, countryside walk enabled me to reconnect with mother nature. In the words of Nicole Reichert, “a walk in nature walks the soul back home.”

From the summit, we moved slowly on a steep slope. I find slopes harder to navigate than inclined trails. While climbing down, the leading knee absorbs the entire weight of the body, magnified by the force of gravity.

The 11-km trek was also a great opportunity to experience life in rural Rwanda. Walking enabled us to observe and absorb more. Along the way, we had several encounters with members of the local communities. We felt their vibe and captured their spirit.

When we made it to the shore of Lake Ruhondo, we boarded a boat and sailed to Michael’s Island. From the island, I was awestruck by the surrounding vista. Camping on an island named after its lone inhabitant is highly recommended.

From Mount Kabuye to Lake Ruhondo, we burned calories while soaking up the beauty of the rolling hills I am obsessed with. One step after another, we marveled at the volcanoes, the twin lakes, Mount Kabuye, Mount Mbwe and Gashaki Peninsula.

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