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Kibuye, Rwanda – On the shores of Lake Kivu

Kibuye, Rwanda

October 25, 2014 – October 27, 2014

Full Kibuye Photo Gallery Here.

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.

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We stayed at Home Saint Jean, a church run hotel high on a peninsula sticking out into the lake offering 270 degree views of the water.
We stayed at Home Saint Jean, a church run hotel high on a penninsula sticking out into the lake offering 270 degree views of the water.

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.

The days were hot and clear, but every evening the dark clouds rolled in and we watched lightning strike all the surrounding hills, while the wind and pounding rain tried their best to bring down the hotel.
The days were hot and clear, but every evening the dark clouds rolled in and we watched lightning strike all the surrounding hills, while the wind and pounding rain tried their best to bring down the hotel.

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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.

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These large wooden fishing boats were common on the lake, notice the long tree trunks sticking out of either end to hold the nets.
These large wooden fishing boats were common on the lake, notice the long tree trunks sticking out of either end to hold the nets.
Some goats lounging in the shade, escaping from the heat.
Some goats lounging in the shade, escaping from the heat.

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Some kids found us on the road and insisted on holding hands.
Some kids found us on the road and insisted on holding hands.

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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.

Genocide memorial at the church next door.
Genocide memorial at the church next door.
We tried one of the most typical Rwandan dishes, Igisafuriya cy'inkoko - A hearty casserole of chicken, banana, tomatoes, potatoes and other veges in a peanut sauce.
We tried one of the most typical Rwandan dishes, Igisafuriya cy’inkoko – A hearty casserole of whole chicken breasts and wings, banana, tomatoes, potatoes and other veggies in a peanut sauce. Around US $10, this dish was enough to feed four.
Rwandans value education and technology, the back of this bill shows children using laptops.
Rwandans value education and technology, the back of this bill shows children using laptops.

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.

2 thoughts on “Kibuye, Rwanda – On the shores of Lake Kivu”

  1. Hey guys, Happy belated Thanksgiving. Wherever you were, I hope you were able to source a sufficient Turkey or local substitute. It seems like you may still be in Africa, but wherever you are, thanks for the blogs. Great to read about your adventures and vicariously live the life of an intrepid traveler while having all the comforts of civilization. I have been happy to be home and not move about too much except for excursions in California, but it’s not so bad. Weather has been great if you like it warm, but winter is showing up with a bit of rain today with more on the way on Tuesday. That means that I will have to head up to Mammoth soon, as they will be getting a couple feet of fresh snow. Africa looks great and when you finish with the trip you will have to let me know your favorite spots around the globe. In the meantime, glad you are out on the front, keeping it real and getting down and dirty with the “real world.”

    Cheers,

    Gary Reeder

    1. We celebrated Thanksgiving on the Annapurna trail, after coming down from the Annapurna Base Camp! We spent the night at ABC and then headed down, there was no turkey to be found on the trail in Nepal, but we considered having one of the tea houses cook a whole chicken! But we decided against it. Have a great time at Mammoth!

      Cheers! Richard & Krista

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