Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Lake Kivu

I had a few days free before the wedding so caught a bus to Lake Kivu, which forms Rwanda's western border with Congo. In the town of Kibuye I stayed in a church-run hotel called Home St Jean - that's the view from the balcony in the picture below. Accommodation in Kigali is expensive - even a dorm bed costs US$25 - but hotels and guesthouses outside the capital are great value. My bed at Home St Jean cost less than US$10 a night with a vast breakfast and this view thrown in for free.

Another thing I enjoyed at Lake Kivu was watching the fishermen at work. At night they paddle out in these distinctive boats called amato, made from three dugouts lashed together for stability, and use lanterns to catch sardine-like fish called sambaza.

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