I am writing this from Kumbya Kivu Life Ecolodge on the shore of Lake Kivu. The view from the balcony of my cozy wooden cottage is breathtaking. Earlier today, I had a tour of the neighboring Kumbya Retreat Center. Details of this tour will be shared in a separate post.
My boat operator picked me up from the retreat center. From there, we sailed to one island after another. This boating experience was both thrilling and informative.
After a brief stopover on Kirehe Island, we cruised to the neighboring Kihene and Tareri islands. Then we proceeded to Mushungwe and Mushava before bypassing Kabi Island and docking briefly on Rubona Island.
Before returning to the lodge, I learned something about different fishing methods. I once spent a night fishing in this lake and learned a lot from those who do it for a living. One of the biggest virtue I learned from fishing is patience.
As our boat glided from one island to another, it left behind twisted whirlpools and shuffled waves. It was a beautiful sunny day. The breeze from the lake was invigorating and the surrounding views were simply breathtaking.
The formation of Lake Kivu is an interesting story. One of these days, I will write a piece about its magical creation and its economic value.
My captain, a gentleman namely Jean Claude Kaneza, has been traversing the lake for over a decade. His familiarity with this water body and its isles was very helpful. Apart from steering the vessel to the islands and back, he offered me valuable tour guiding services.
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.