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. 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.

GEEKS: Rwanda. Rubona (near Rubavu on Lake Kivu). Paradis Malahide Cottages and Camping. Friday 31 July. Week 14, day 110.

I record these rather dry details for the benefit of others needing hard data when planning their travelling in these areas. I hope some find it handy if not interesting.

ROUTE:

Kibuye – Kibali road initially – Mashubati village – Nkomero village – Kivumu – Pfuma – Rubavu – Rubona.

Total distance and time taken.

110km, 4hr 45min.

Route details.

GEEKS: Rwanda. Kibuye, Lake Kivu, Presbyterian Hotel Center Bethanie. Thursday 30 July. Week 14, day 109.

ROUTE: Uwinka and Nyungwe Forest – Gisakura village – Buhinga – Rusizi (Kamembe).

Rusizi – Buhinga – Nyamasheke village – Karongo (Kibuye).

Distance travelled and time taken.

158km, 5hr, easily reduce by 20% if time an issue.

Relevant is to extrapolate the time likely from Uwinka to Karongo without the detour to Rusizi as most would want to take this route. It would take 4hr only and be 50km shorter at 108km.

Route details.

• Uwinka to Buhinga OR Rusizi, Good tar, short sections under repair.

GEEKS: Rwanda. Uwinka Campsite, Nyungwe Forest. Wednesday 29 July. Week 14, day 108.

Seeing that we made such a hash of getting to Nyungwe yesterday, I guess I am under some sort of obligation to detail the correct route, in case others might want to take the same route in the future. The route is simple enough but beware T4A might want you to turn off earlier, before you reach Huye (old name Butare). T4A still thinks the road from Huye to Nyungwe Forest NP is dirt but it has fairly recently been tarred. Wayne J. had been directed to turn off the main route south at Kirengeli Village and then drive southwest on a long dirt road via Karambe and Kigeme instead of via Huye.

GEEKS: Rwanda. Chez Lando Hotel, Kigale. Saturday 25 July. Week 13, day 104.

ROUTE.

Mwanza – Usagara – Ferry from Kokongo (as spelt in T4A) {Kikongo} to Busisi – Serengema – Geita – Bwanga – took shortcut to Diobahika – Nyakanazi – Kafua – Rusumu Falls Border Post.

RWANDA: Rusumu Border Post – Kirehe – Kabarondo – Kayonza – Rwamagana – Kigali.

Details, distances and times.

There is a new, large shopping mall on the road between Tunza and Mwanza, which I am sure will be suitable for reprovisioning. Co-ordinates S02 30,093 E32 54,145.

GEEKS: Tanzania, Serengeti National Park, Ngare Nanyuki Special Campsite no 1. Saturday 18 July. Week 12, Day 97.

ROUTE.

Simba A Campsite Ngorongoro Crater rim – Naabi Hill Gate southern Serengeti – Seronera Tourist Center – Ngare Nanyuki Special Campsite no 1.

Total Distance and time taken.

160km, 8hr 30min, but includes gamewatching, refueling, visitors center.

Detailed breakdown of route.

• Simba – Naabi Hill Gate, 79km, estimated actual travelling time – 2hr.

• Naabi Hill Gate – Seronera, 50km, 1hr 30min.

• Seronera – Ngare Nanyuki Camp, 26km, 45min.

COSTS OF SERENGETI.

Entrance fee pppd – 60US$.

GEEKS: Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park Camp near Arusha and then back to Meserani. Monday 13 July. Week 12, Day 93.

ROUTE:

Meserani – Arusha – Makuyuni – Mto wa Mbu – Karatu………… and then all the way back!

Distances and Times:

• Arusha – Makuyuni. 74km, 1hr 10min.

• Makuyuni – Mto wa Mbu. 34km, 30min.

• Mto wa Mbu – Karatu. 25km, 20min.

Arusha to Karatu takes 2hr for 133km.

GPS CO-ORDS.

Exim Bank Karatu (on main road) S 03 20,339 E 35 40,779.

NBC Bank Karatu S 03 20,414 E 35 40,340.

NCA Offices Karatu S 03 20,375 E 35 39,570.

FEES FOR NGOROGORO.

• Park entry – US$50 pppd.

GEEKS: Tanzania. Rivertrees Country Inn (between Arusha and Arusha NP). Monday 6 July. Week 12, Day 86.

ROUTE.

Lake Manyara – Makuyuni – Arusha.

Distance and time taken.

108km, 1hr 40min. ( Refreshing having such short distances to cover).

Route Breakdown.

All the roads are excellent tar. I thought the traffic was surprisingly light in peak tourist season.

At Makuyuni you join the A104 between Dodoma and Arusha and the work on this section is all complete.

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