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Back to Lake Muhazi

Back to Lake Muhazi

I had spent a few days running errands in Kigali with a client from the Netherlands. Before my guest flew back to Amsterdam, we decided to indulge in an exhilarating adventure ride out of the city.

From Kigali, we spun our spokes to a small village, known as Cyamutara, found in Gicumbi district’s Rutare sector. Then we branched off the highway and proceeded to Rwesero. This stretch is bumpy but that’s the beauty of it. At some point, we navigated a shallow pond formed by a broken river bank. Farther ahead, we crossed several narrow wooden bridges.

From Rwesero, we boarded a boat and sailed to Kingfisher Resort located on the Gasabo side of the lake. Upon arrival, we placed our orders. All I needed was coffee. When my coffee was delivered, I realized Kingfisher isn’t the right vendor for consumers of this aromatic beverage. The young lady who took my order should have told me that her employer is not in the business of brewing good coffee.

It was a quiet Thursday evening. An uneventful weekday. The atmosphere was completely different from what happens when revelers from Kigali turn up in big numbers every weekend.

During my previous visit, there was a multitude of young people — dozens of social groups. Each group was blasting music from a myriad of portable Bluetooth speakers.

Things were different during our November weekday outing. This time around, I saw only two patrons drinking their beers in the lakeside cabanas, a far cry from the commotion I witnessed when the party animals from Kigali flocked in. In the absence of a fusion of sounds amplified by modern devices, I was able to hear the soothing melodies of Muhazi birds, composers of my favorite songs.

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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