After a weekend of basketball action at the Kigali Arena, I have returned to the Northern Province. I am having lunch at Nyirangarama village while planning my week. The BAL hangover is over. I can finally get back to the jungle, where I belong.
At some point, I will be in close proximity to Muhabura and Gahinga mountains but I am not worried about any possible eruption because the said volcanoes are dormant. Chances of eruptions on this side of the massif are slim to none.
I have bought refreshments at Nyirangarama many times before but this is my first ever lunch here. I wasn’t even aware of the existence of the "VIP restaurant" I have just discovered.
As I wait for my food to be delivered, I peruse through the refreshments part of the menu. As expected, all items are Nyirangarama products. I settle for organic sugarcane juice, one of the newest addition to the company’s ever growing list of products.
Through the window, I can see public transport and private vehicles on the parking lot. Parking attendants, donning their luminous green jackets, are busy directing traffic. Upon arrival, travelers are washing their hands thoroughly. Their temperatures are checked at the entrance. Everyone is masked up.
The establishment encompasses a couple of shops, a coffee vending kiosk, a mini branch of Bank of Kigali and a small museum. I understand there are hotel rooms upstairs but I have never been there. A gas station is built on the other side of the road. I can also see an automobile service bay, a supermarket and a clinic. I would like to observe more from the restaurant but cargo trucks are obstructing my view. Two traffic police officers are there to ensure rules and regulations are observed.
One of these days, I will tour the area extensively and participate in some of my hosts’ endeavors. In the meantime, let me eat my lunch and hit the road.
The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Rulindo is sponsored by Ikaze Rwanda Tours & Travel, The Click Creations, The Peakspot Lodge, My Hill Ecolodge, Rusiga Highland Resort and Beyond the Gorillas Experiences (BGE).