The feedback I received from my Anglophone readers about my previous blog post which I wrote in French is that they need some love too!
Don’t worry I GOTCHU! Plenty love to spread around. It’s the season, right?
So I’m still mesmerized by the good service, the fun activities and the beauty of Lake Kivu Serena Hotel but today I’ll concentrate on the outdoors. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do justice to the description of the beauty of Rubavu City. But you know what? Let me try.
Normally, Sundays in Kigali is for sleep, sleep and more sleep, but Duncan the Hotel Manager told me that it’s different for them at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. It’s WAKE UP AND HAVE GREAT FUN. The picture he painted gave me a feeling heaven is at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, and since I was on vacation I decided to try new stuff.
Duncan gave me a list of activities I could bite into. I liked everything except the biking tour. I will blog about my first bicycle riding experience another time and it will be a very long post. Be on the lookout.
So I picked the city tour (that will have me riding in a Lake Kivu Serena car with a driver/tour guide) and a Boat Safari after lunch.
He must have thought I called shotgun! No sir, a Queen sits at the back…
What I liked about the driver/tour guide is that he knows all the fun facts about the city and had a way of describing them that will make you feel like you were right in the middle of a very interesting documentary.
Beautiful tree-lined roads were the soundtrack of the driver/guide’s “documentary”
He showed me two neighbors who share a fence, one is geographically in Rwanda and the other one in Congo 😂. What a wow!
As we drove round town, he showed me Rubavu Landmarks. These included The Umuganda stadium, which recently hosted CHAN 2016, the two borders with our neighbors DRC known as Petite and Grande Barrière, and Bralirwa brewery.
I could have sworn I perceived the Sunday stew coming from inside Congo DRC. It was that close 😂
The tour climaxed with a visit to the hot water springs. This was the high-point of my city tour. At the hot water springs, I found a traditional masseur who told me that if he massages my feet I’ll never get old and I’ll never fall sick again. Who wants to get sick and age? NOT ME! Better believe I have found me a fountain of youth, everlasting youth like in the movie “The Age of Adaline”.
I am never getting old! I could be an 80 years old looking like a spring chicken for all you know 😂
I had had so much fun but food is life, and I was hungry. Time to go get that lunch. I could already day dream about its sumptuousness. I was looking forward to the Boat Safari which was starting after lunch. Lunch was going to be at the Serena Lake View Restaurant.
I’ll not talk much about that lunch, lest I begin to daydream again, but YES it was Yummy.
Fast forward, I got on Eric’s Boat and we set sail.
Aye! Aye! Cap’n
He showed me Goma- RDC and The Serena Goma building which is a very beautiful edifice. I can’t wait to visit that particular place next year.
We continued and visited the Methane Gas Plant. Before coming back to shore, we stopped to appreciate the beautiful Akeza Island.
The methane gas plant resting beautifully against the attractive horizon
I need to become a real photographer very soon, only real ones could have captured the breathtaking sunset I beheld.
My photography skills just need a little brush up as this glorious sunset can attest!
In all, it was a totally worthwhile adventure for me, I enjoyed every second and HEEE it was also affordable!
So happy holidays to you all, and If you want an even more memorable holiday, do check out Lake Kivu Serena Hotel website for their wonderful holidays packages.
I shall be catching you all again, soon.