October 25, 2014 – October 27, 2014
Our next destination in Rwanda would be the lakeside town of Kibuye (also known as Karongi) along the shores of Lake Kivu, a large freshwater lake which makes up the entire western border of Rwanda. Lake Kivu, once suspected to be the source of the Nile, and later confirmed not to be, is one of many large lakes along East Africa’s rift region. Kibuye, a smallish town situated on the hills above lake, offers great views of the turquoise hued water and scattered islands.
Kibuye is a 3 hour bus ride from Kigali on windy roads twisting and turning their way around and across the country’s endless hills. If you are at all prone to getting car sick, bring some medication because it is none stop back and forth and the bus drivers drive fast, I was starting to feel it. Rwandans getting sick on buses is not uncommon as it occurred on two of four bus rides we took through Rwanda.
You can hike around the area, small villages and clusters of small farms scattered all over the surrounding hills. We went for a long walk one day to take in the countryside and the many great views of Lake Kivu.
The church right outside of the where we stayed, Home Saint Jean, has another memorial to the country’s genocide of 1994. The church itself was another site of the massacre, where innocents hid in an attempt to escape the violence but were discovered.
Besides hiking and swimming, Kibuye offers lots of cruises around the lake and the surrounding lake shore is dotted with budget hostels and luxury resorts so there are options for every budget. We enjoyed the million dollar views from Home St Jean for only US$12 per night. We were up early on the 28th to make our way to Uganda, via Kigali.