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Mount Kabuye Hike - II

Mount Kabuye Hike - II

Our entry point was Nemba’s branch of Beyond the Gorillas Experience (BGE) near Los Angeles pub. Yes, there is a bar known as Los Angeles, somewhere in Gakenke, Northern Province of Rwanda. This joint is so popular that the entire neighborhood is nicknamed LA.

After about an hour of moderate elevation, we took our first break. During the breather, we sat on comfortable benches placed by BGE, the sole operators of this product. The view from the bench was breathtaking. From our vantage point, the Kigali - Musanze highway looked like the meandering course of Nyabarongo River.

Two more breaks, on equally comfortable benches, followed before we made the final push to the summit. Refreshments and organic energizers were served during each pause. These breaks are designed to create a picnic atmosphere.

Apart from benches, BGE has installed branded trash bins and decent toilets along the marked trail. One step at a time, we rambled our way to the summit through scattered settlements and sprawling farms.

It took us four hours to cover the entire 9-km trail. The final 100-meter stretch is physically taxing but not extremely strenuous. Overall, Kabuye Hike’s level of difficulty is moderate.

The summit is embellished with volcanic rocks and a lush forest. Upon arrival, I strolled around the crest and felt the invigorating effect of the eucalyptus-scented gentle wind.

On one side of the loop, I was awestruck by the view the twin lakes. From the same spot, I saw Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. The three volcanoes were on the verge of being covered by a thick cloud. On the other side, the blurry appearance of Bisoke, Mikeno and Karisimbi looked like paintings in the sky.

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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