Yesterday, I wrote something about my bumpy ride to the summit of Rubona Hill in Rubavu. My initial plan was to hike but that didn’t happen. However, when my host and a fellow guest chose to drive to the summit, I tagged along.
We approached the elevation through a center known as Gasiza. As we ascended through the Buharara settlement, I poked my nose into other people’s businesses and got a glimpse of their daily lives.
A giant telecom tower is erected on top of the hill, more than 2,000 meters above sea level. On one side of the hill, I saw the twin cities of Gisenyi and Goma. I also had a blurry view of Nyiragongo, the notorious volcano known for its history of spitting fire and causing mayhem.
I used a pair of binoculars to zoom in the views of downtown Rubavu and Goma. Goma, the headquarters of DR Congo’s North Kivu Province, is bigger and busier. Its Central Business District (CBD) is a hive of activities. Air transportation connecting Goma and the rest of the country is quite active. Scenes of aircrafts landing and taking off are common.
On the other side of the hill, I saw Akeza, k’Abakobwa, k’Abakingi and Iwawa islands. From my vantage point, Amashyuza Peninsula looked like an island too. Earlier in the morning, I had participated in a canoeing expedition and docked briefly on Akeza and k’Abakobwa islets. Highlights of the two memorable stopovers will be shared in different posts.
Back to Rubona, I took a walk around the crest and saw lavish homes and a number of ongoing high-end housing projects. I visited one residential property and a recreational facility. The latter is still under construction.
Rubona hill is a hiker’s paradise. It poses a moderate challenge from a physical standpoint. In addition, it rewards its hikers with an unobstructed 360° view of the area. On top of all that, its magnetic power is attracting real estate developers.
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.