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Rusizi Getaway

Rusizi Getaway

Upon arrival, I spun around and saw how Rusizi River is stimulating investment in the energy sector. Electricity generated by Rusizi hydropower plants is shared by Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo.

While on this sightseeing tour, I had a stopover at the ruins of Hotel des Chutes. I wanted to see this site because of the ordeal one of my uncles faced there in 1963. His story of trials and tribulations at the abandoned property sounds like an excerpt from the script of a horror movie.

Before I called it a day, I drove to the top of Rusizi Hill. From my vantage point, I saw the city of Bukavu and the islands of Ireba, Gihaya, Kabakobwa and Nkombo. That was a sight to behold.

After a peaceful night, at Emeraude Kivu Resort, I had breakfast on the terrace overlooking Kamarari Island. The vista of this magical creation rekindled memories of the day I almost crossed the border illegally in the name of swimming. If you have been reading my Temberu Rwanda chronicles for a while, you are probably aware of what transpired the day I almost trespassed into the Congolese side of the lake.

Breakfast was followed by an exhilarating boat ride around the southern flank of Lake Kivu. At some point, I was so close to the invisible boundary line that I had to constantly remind my boat operator to be careful.

While cruising around, we bypassed the aforementioned islands and slowed down along the shoreline to observe a few things. Case in point, I had a closer look at Cinchona trees used to produce a malaria drug known as Quinine. A detailed account of this tour will be shared in one of my upcoming posts.

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