Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weekend in Cyangugu

Last weekend Hannah and I drove up to Rwanda. It only took three hours to get there from Bujumbura and we got to see a lot of great Burundian countryside on the way.

We arrived in Cyangugu at sunset. Cyangugu is a small town on the Rwandan side of the border facing Bukavu, Congo. Both towns are nestled on the southern edge of Lake Kivu and let me tell you,  I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful lake.

We stayed at the Emeraud Kivu Resort and ate dinner on a deck overlooking the lake as the light faded and the fishing boat lanterns began to light up across the water.

On Saturday, we took a day trip to Nyungwe Forest for a fun wildlife hike and lunch at the renowned Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

On Sunday, we rented a boat and took a tour of the southern part of the lake. We circumnavigated some islands and made landfall on one to explore. The only people to share the natural beauty of Lake Kivu with us were intermittent Congolese and Rwandan fishermen.

We returned to Bujumbura in time for a late lunch.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hannah and the Hippos

On Hannah's birthday I woke up early to buy her flowers and make her a fresh breakfast. After breakfast, we drove to Rusizi National Park, which is only about 25 minutes outside of Bujumbura. We rented a boat and a guide to take us around the Rusizi river delta.

We saw a bunch of hippo families from pretty close up. Those animals are so big, and to see them in the wild, doing their own thing rather than in a zoo was really a treat.

There were also so many beautiful birds, whole flocks of them exploding out of the foliage as our boat passed.

We made our way down to where the river flows into Lake Tanganyika and the border between the brown river water and the blue lake water is very stark.

We chatted with a fisherman who had a giant fish in his canoe.

Near the end of the tour, we boated by the outskirts of the village of Gatumba, and little naked children waved at us from the shore.