Chris and that i required a canoe on Lake Bunyonyi for a few hrs. It had been so peaceful… before the thunderclouds folded over. Plans to have an mid-day hike disappeared because the rain came lower.
Fortunately we awoke to obvious skies (although still dark) the following morning once we trigger before beginning towards the meeting point for gorilla trekking. We rose as much as Ruhija, with the fog, watching the sun’s rays rise within the mountain tops. Tom and Chris trekked the Bitukura group of mountain gorillas, although saying “trekked” may be a little of the stretch. The gorillas were merely a couple of hundred metres in the road! No matter how lengthy you trek though, will still be an incredible experience to sit down such close closeness to those creatures and observe their interactions with one another. You are able to really observe how we are based on the gorillas and there’s something profound about relaxing in the forest with your close kin.
From Lake Bunyonyi we wound our way with the mountain tops into Rwanda, to Ruhengeri (or Musanze because it is also known as). We spent a day with John, a nearby guide who demonstrated us the dual ponds of Burera and Ruhondo in the magnificent standpoint of Virunga Lodge. We loved lunch around the lake shoreline, fantasizing of purchasing land and getting a vacation house within this stunning corner around the globe.
The next morning Chris and that i headed towards the Parc National des Volcans to trek the Golden Apes. Such as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, the Volcanoes National Park is dense rose bush. And such as the mountain gorillas in Bwindi, the Golden Apes don’t take care of pathways to allow us to get at them. There is however a genuine sense of adventure while you beat the right path through what appears to become uncharted territory to locate these rare animals.
We made the decision to alter our itinerary a little and mind to Lake Kivu rather than investing an additional evening in Ruhengeri. The primary tourist town around the lake is known as Gisenyi and comes highly suggested. Yet it’s directly on the Congolese border with Goma merely a couple of kms away which very day, M23 rebels marched into Goma and grabbed it. On understanding the rebels were nearly on Goma, we made the decision to prevent Gisenyi (it had been just a little too close for comfort) and rather visited Kibuye. To get at Kibuye, probably the most direct route again is always to visit Gisenyi and mind south across the lake shoreline. But we felt safer going for a different route and wound up travelling through the most amazing landscapes imaginable, worth the detour. Our guesthouse, Hotel p Sainte Bethanie, was set directly on the river shoreline and our rooms looked out within the water.
We required a ship ride around the lake each morning, landing on Napoleon Island for which i was told was to become a watching birds walk. Not really a bird to appear, but 1000’s and 1000’s of bats circling overhead. The area was really an extremely tall mountain jutting from the lake, so we hiked to the peak. In the top we’re able to watch out within the lake towards the Democratic Republic of Congo one way and (in closer closeness) Rwanda within the other, in addition to all of the small islands covering Lake Kivu.
Kigali was our last stop, where we visited the Genocide Memorial. It’s a effective exhibition, but difficult to comment further without sounding trite or waffling for pages. Our final dinner what food was in Hotel des Mille Collines, with pre-dinner cocktails at the lake before heading upstairs towards the Panorama fine-dining restaurant. What a method to cap off an incredible trip. Thanks Tom and Chris to be such awesome travel pals, and great first clients!