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Volcanoes Residence: Home Away From Home

Volcanoes Residence: Home Away From Home

Upon arrival, I took a shower and went to the kitchen to warm the plantain and chicken curry I had bought on my way to Musanze’s affluent Mukizungu neighborhood. After dinner, I sat down and did some blogging.

Later on, I picked a book from the shelf and perused through. The book in question is titled The Birds of East Africa. As I turned one page after another, I realized my birding game needs a lot of work.

Initially, my stingy self had booked the least expensive room in the house. Fortunately, my host upgraded me to the VIP one. When I opened the curtains in the morning, I was stunned by the view of the volcanoes. Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno mountains created a sight to behold. I couldn’t stop gazing at these imposing elevations.

Is it only me or the volcanoes have magical power of attraction? The mountains were calling — daring me to tie my shoelaces and take on the challenge. I have climbed Bisoke and Karisimbi before but once is never enough.

The view of these mountains rekindled all those memories I created during my past hikes. I remember the excitement I felt when I discovered the magical Bisoke Crater lake. I recall seeking refuge in a heated chamber when temperature on the summit of Karisimbi flirted with 0 degrees Celsius.

Somewhere between Bisoke and Karisimbi, Mikeno rises sharply on the Congolese side of the massif. Mikeno is rockier and steeper. One would need rock climbing equipment to get to its summit.

Before I hit the showers, I laced them up and ran around the hood. While burning some calories, Musanze’s finest digs made me stumble a few times. It felt like getting lost in a real estate trade fair.

After breakfast, I sat in the garden and wrote another story. I took advantage of the high speed internet connection and the peaceful atmosphere to catch up with writing in the middle of a long tour.

Listed on AirBnb, this property is ideal for individuals, couples and groups. In this house, luxury meets simplicity. Given a choice between a luxury hotel and Volcanoes Residence, I would choose the latter any day.

The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Musanze is sponsored by Ikaze Rwanda Tours & Travel, The Peakspot Lodge, My Hill Ecolodge, Kingfisher Journeys, Migano Hotel, Crema Cafe, Ndaza Escape, Volcanoes Residence and Beyond the Gorilla Experiences (BGE).

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