I am writing this piece from Kivuruga Sector in Gakenke District. Earlier today, I had another memorable adventure biking experience around those rolling hills I always write about.
From time to time, I pull over and soak up the beauty of the environs while snapping lasting memories. Sometimes, I unpack my tablet in the middle of nowhere and update this blog. That’s exactly what I am doing now.
About twenty minutes ago, I saw one of the tallest mountains outside the Virunga Massif. The sight of this mountain prompted me to pump the brakes and take a better look. At a glance, the mountain looked familiar but I didn’t recognize it immediately. It took me a couple of minutes to remember its name. Even then, I wasn’t sure I got the name right.
I am not trying to memorize the name of every hill in the country but the geographical feature I am talking about is too imposing to be overlooked. Speaking of hills, calling this destination the land of 1,000 hills is an understatement. The elevations embellishing the surface of this territory are countless.
The mountain I am gazing at is known as Mbwe. It is located in the neighboring district of Musanze. Behind it, I can see a blurry view of a giant volcano namely Muhabura. The view of the volcanoes is obstructed by poor visibility or lack thereof.
Outside the Volcanoes National Park, Mbwe is the second tallest mountain in Rwanda behind Mount Kabuye. The latter is found in Gakenke District, not far away from my current location. In May last year, I climbed Mount Kabuye and camped on its summit, courtesy of Beyond the Gorillas Experiences (BGE). The expedition was unforgettable.
BGE offers attractive packages — giving tourists an opportunity to hike and camp on both Mbwe and Kabuye mountains while enjoying high hospitality standards. Camping on Mount Mbwe is next on my bucket list. When that happens, you will be the first to know.
The author is an adventurer on a tour of all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring journey on Twitter @GeoExposure.