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August 2015

Rwanda. Volcanoes (Virunga) National Park, Kinigi Guesthouse. Monday 3 August. Week 15, day 113.

We decided to pay a preparatory visit to the park HQ where we were very courteously received by the staff, including the gentleman who actually does the group allocations. We had a long conversation with him and he was most interested in the self-drive nature of our trip. I was unashamedly currying favor and he seemed to like us.

GEEKS: Rwanda. Volcanoes (Virunga) National Park, Kinigi Guesthouse. Sunday 2 August. Week 15, day 112.

I am going to post the route circumnavigating Lake Burera in detail as I believe many more self-drive travelers should consider going on this excursion.

ROUTE.

Kinigi (Volcanoes NP) – Musanze – road to Cyanika Border with Uganda – Kabaguma Village – Rondo Village – Kirambo Village – Umugu Village – Kidaho Village on the Cyanika road – back to Musanze and Volcanoes NP.

Total distance and time taken.

To and from Musanze (Ruhengeri): 4 hr, 90km, but many stops to admire the view and take photos, could probably do in 3 hr.

Rwanda. Volcanoes (Virunga) National Park, Kinigi Guesthouse. Sunday 2 August. Week 15, day 112.

 

 

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville.

 

Luxury of all luxuries, I managed to sleep till 08H00 this morning, a real exception for me and a treat for Anne not to be disturbed at some unearthly hour. The breakfast at Kinigi consisted of good coffee, some fruit, a decent enough omelet and toast.

Rwanda. Volcanoes (Virunga) National Park, Kinigi Guesthouse. Saturday 1 August. Week 14, day 111.

ROUTE:

Paradis Malahide and the village of Rubona – Rubavu (Gisenyi) – Mukamira – Musanze (Ruhengeri) – Kinigi.

Total distance and time taken.

90km, 1hr 50 min.

Route breakdown and details.

Rwanda. Volcanoes (Virunga) National Park, Kinigi Guesthouse. Saturday 1 August. Week 14, day 111.

We had no choice really but to leave Paradis Malahide as there was to be a wedding there today. We were given the option to continue in the car park but were already feeling too much under public scrutiny and inquisitiveness. We are starting to feel a little like gypsies. It amazes me how much attention we as self-driving tourists and our rig attracts. It seems as if we are a dying breed in this part of the world.

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