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Mount Kabuye Hike - I

Mount Kabuye Hike - I

The last time I updated this blog, I had been hijacked by a company known as Beyond the Gorillas Experience (BGE). I wrote that post in a car en route to a destination that had not been revealed to me yet. I wanted to keep it that way because unknown destinations create intriguing experiences.

I was dropped in Nemba Sector, Gakenke District. Then my kidnappers handed me a pair of hiking boots. After lacing them up, I joined a couple of foreign tourists for a vigorous activity dubbed Mount Kabuye Hike.

Speaking of hiking, I am a strong proponent of walking. This drill brings money-can’t-buy health benefits. I have two doctors who demonstrate exemplary teamwork. This dynamic duo is known as feet.

Standing at 3,700 meters (8,800 feet) above sea level, Mount Kabuye is one of the highest elevations in Rwanda outside the Volcanoes National Park. Located in one of the hilliest parts of the land of 1,000 hills, this geographical feature is quite imposing.

Our starting point was Nemba’s branch of BGE — approximately 1,600 meters above sea level. One step after another, we burned calories while bonding with nature and experiencing life in rural Rwanda.

About four kilometers and numerous steps later, we took our first break. During the break, we sat on benches placed by BGE and soaked up the view of the surrounding landscape. Part II of this story will be posted later today.

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.

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