Lake Kivu

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.

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

After some further reading and also discussions with locals at Bethanie, discretion prevailed and it was decided not to do the whole Congo-Nile Route. The deciding issue is that it is advised to do the route with 2 or more vehicles in case of problems. It has not been too often on this trip that I have chickened out of this type of challenge, but as the trip has progressed I have slowly been learning not to demand too much of my heavily loaded Slow Donkey. We still have a long way to go and the fairly recent vehicle problems have taught me increased respect for the tougher routes.

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.

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

We were up early as mentioned and soon were leaving Nyungwe Forest. The total length of the road through the NP is 50km, with Uwinka being close to the midpoint of the road. With the new road this is a lovely drive through stunningly unspoilt and ancient rainforest. This road is really good except for short segments where it is under repair despite being relatively new, perhaps typical of Chinese roadwork in Africa? It passes through splendid forests in the national park and winds its way around and up and down typical hilly Rwanda terrain.

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