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Letter From Rubavu

Letter From Rubavu

Yesterday, I posted something about Crema Café, the venue of my coffee break en route to the Western Province. Well, I have just finalized my two-day visit to Rubavu and Rutsiro. Like any other Kivu Belt getaway, this tour has exceeded my expectations.

I am impressed by the transformation of Nyamyumba beach into an exotic tourist strip. La Bella Lodge, my home over the past two days, is located there. Upon arrival, I checked in, had lunch and chartered a boat to Kivumu area in the neighboring district of Rutsiro.

On my way to Kivumu, I bypassed Akeza, Kabakobwa and Kabakingi islets. I also had another memorable encounter with the cormorants and wreaked havok in a birding paradise.

At night, I sat on the terrace and saw the illuminating lanterns set up by troops of fishermen scattered across the lake. Their twinkling lights made the lake look like a dark diamond-sprinkled surface. That was a sight to behold.

When I finally went to bed, gentle waves splashed lullaby melodies through the window. I woke at 4 a.m. and participated in the dawn canoeing expedition around two tropical islands. Then I watched the sun rise while being submerged in the hotsprings from neck to toe. The magma-powered natural spa lifted my spirits.

Details of my excursions in Rubavu and Rutsiro will be shared in a series of short stories scheduled to be published right here starting tomorrow. In the meantime, let me kick back, relax and sip some wine.

The author is an adventurer on a mission to discover what Rwanda has to offer. Follow his awe-inspiring expeditions on Twitter @GeoExposure.

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