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Karongi: Adventure Diaries

Karongi: Adventure Diaries

After touring Nyamasheke, I returned to Kigali. On my way back to the capital, I spent a night in Karongi. It had been a while since I had sojourned in this resort town. Upon arrival, I checked in and ordered something to eat. Then I sat in a lakeside cabana and sipped some coffee.

Several islands were in the vicinity. I tried to name each one of them but, unfortunately, I could only remember the ones I had previously set foot on. I was unable to name the rest because I usually bypass them.

I wanted to read but I didn’t feel like staring at any screen. My electronic devices were far away from me. Opening emails whose content include words and acronyms like urgent and ASAP was the last thing I needed.

Most of my stuff was in my bike’s panniers. I walked to the parking lot and opened them hoping to find a good book matching the relax mode I had reactivated. The only book I found therein was one of my own publications — a 72-page account of my own experiences in this beautiful district.

Titled Karongi: Adventure Diaries, this book rekindled memories I had created while touring Karongi extensively and participating in a wide range of thrilling activities. As I turned the pages, scenes of my documented excursions were replayed in my mind. It felt like watching a movie I had stared in.

I am currently working on a project that will create similar books highlighting my experiences and observations in the rest of the districts. In partnership with different stakeholders, I intend to make these books available in community libraries and hospitality establishments across the country.

This grand tour of Rwanda is designed to showcase Rwanda as a tourist destination while cultivating the culture of reading. Speaking of reading, the number of donations made for the benefit of our community libraries is increasing. I appreciate our donors’ generosity. However, we have an acute shortage of local content. It’s our responsibility to fill this gap.

The author is an adventurer on a tour of all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring expeditions on Twitter @GeoExposure.

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