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Every trip begins and ends in a testing room

Every trip begins and ends in a testing room

Earlier today, I came back to Kigali after my Nyamasheke expedition. Over the next two weeks or so, I will keep publishing a series of stories highlighting my experiences and observation in this Western Province district.

On my way back home, I stopped by Legacy Clinic for another Covid- 19 test. Every trip begins and ends in a testing room. While in Nyamasheke, I did my best to observe the Covid protocol but you never know. It’s advisable to get tested often.

Each nasal swab leaves me teary but I have to endure the digging on a weekly basis — sometimes even more frequently. I commend the ongoing efforts by the government to cut down the cost of rapid tests.

While in Nyamasheke, I visited Nyungwe National Park and sailed around different Lake Kivu islands. I dropped by King Kigeli IV Rwabugiri’s 19th Century loyal court located in Kagano Sector and checked out his military base in Nyabitekeri. In addition, I trekked along the Congo Nile Trail and pondered the mystery of the Congo Nile Divide. I also visited two tea factories, a couple of coffee estates and the heavenly Kumbya Retreat Center.

I was planning to visit Shangi Peninsula but the area was closed before I made it there. That gives me a good excuse to go back. Some of you have expressed interest in visiting this beautiful district. It seems like I will have company when I return.

Initially, Kagano Pottery was on my list but the center was temporarily closed due to surging Covid infections. Since I didn’t cover any community-based activities, I am planning to visit one Gisakura-based cooperative that specializes in this product when I return.

My Nyamasheke project will create a travel booklet and a documentary. I will let you know how to get your copy and where to watch the show. This content will undoubtedly make this sub destination stand out from the crowd.

The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Nyamasheke is sponsored by Nyamasheke District, the Click Creations, Tec Global Ltd, Elimo Real Estate Ltd and Exposure.

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