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Escaping to the forest

Escaping to the forest

After a memorable sightseeing tour along the most scenic trails of Burera, I proceeded to Volcanoes Forest Camp in Musanze district. I visited the camp while scouting for my next getaway sanctuary.

Upon arrival, I was awestruck by the lush vegetation cover, volcanic rocks and stone-strewn walkways. In addition, I fell in love with the cozy cabins hanging like nests. At this camp, guests bond with nature without compromising the comfort of their own bedrooms.

The wooden cabins are designed to give visitors an ultimate wildlife experience. Each one of them is named after a popular plant in Rwandan communities — including umuvumu, umwenya, umuravumba and umufumba. One of these days, I will shed more light on the cultural and medicinal values of these trees.

Strolling around, I was entertained by the soothing melodies of those birds I always write about. Birds are gifted musicians. Different species of birds boast unique tones and genres. Some individuals have their own signature songs. Many have one song in their repertoires while others claim ownership of several singles, even a few albums.

As hinted earlier, I was scouting for a sojourning hideout. The jungle man in me felt like returning to the woods where I belong. However, my travel companions needed en-suite hot showers and other amenities I couldn’t provide in a virgin forest makeshift setup.

My made-in-Rwanda adventure bike is capable of taking me to remote forests but, this time around, a few readers would be trailing me in their small cars. That means, I had to put accessibility into consideration. Located along the highway, Volcanoes Forest Camp ticked all the boxes.

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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