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Sailing to Kivumu

Sailing to Kivumu

While in Rubavu, I charted a boat and headed to Kivumu in the neighboring district of Rutsiro. On my way to Kivumu, I learned one or two things about the process of extracting methane gas from the lake but that’s a story for another day.

I used a pair of binoculars to zoom in the view of Rubavu beach and the Congolese city of Goma. Goma airport was as busy as usual. Farther ahead, I saw a blurry image of the Nyiragongo active volcano that caused a turmoil earlier this year.

We bypassed Akeza, k’Abakobwa and k’Abakingi islets. On the second day of this tour, I teamed up with local fishermen and indulged in a canoeing expedition with stopovers on those islands. There is a story behind each one of them. Stay tuned.

As my captain steered his boat towards Kivumu, it left behind a trail of swirling whirlpools. From the boat, I saw one cormorant bird gliding seamlessly on the shuffled waves. When this aquatic creature spread her wings and flew away, I saw freedom in the air. A few minutes later, she landed on water. Finally, she dived deep beneath the surface of the lake. A cormorant is the only creature I know capable of being a bird in the air and a fish in the water.

Upon arrival, I jumped off the boat and took a walk on the sandy beach. One step at a time, I listened to my favorite song: The sound of those gentle waves I always write about. This song has a calming effect.

Hilly peninsulas and semi-circular bays embellish Kivumu’s shoreline. The view of the islands from the shore is breathtaking. Some of those isles are very small. From the distance, they look like little dots on the verge of being swept by the tide.

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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