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Trekking: Mount Kabuye to Lake Ruhondo

Trekking: Mount Kabuye to Lake Ruhondo

This long, vigorous walk in the countryside enables tourists to reconnect with mother nature. It is also a great opportunity to experience life in rural Rwanda.

The Kabuye - Ruhondo trail spans the distance of about 10 kilometers — zigzagging from Gakenke to Musanze via Burera. It takes four to seven hours to cover the entire passage. The first 4-kilometer stretch is a steep slope. The rest of the trail meanders around picturesque hills while slashing through settlements, farms and small forests. Long distance notwithstanding, it is easy to navigate.

From Mount Kabuye to Lake Ruhondo, trekkers burn calories and soak up the beauty of the rolling hills this destination is known for. One step after another, they marvel at the volcanoes, the twin lakes, Mount Mbwe and Gashaki Peninsula.

Walking brings money-can’t-buy health benefits. In addition, the oldest form of exercising increases our creative output by 60%. Researchers call this kind of creativity divergent thinking. On top of that, this simple but highly effective drill stimulates a free flow of ideas. Engaging in activities that allow our minds to wander empowers our innovative acumen.

Upon the completion of the Mount Kabuye - Lake Ruhondo challenge, reward yourself with an unforgettable camping experience on Michael’s Island. Named after its lone inhabitant, this stunning island is highly recommended for those who need to reclaim their lost peace of mind.

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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