Rusumo, Kigali, Huye, Nyungwe National Park, Lake Kivu, Parc National de Volcans.
Border crossing and Kayonza
Since a couple of months, the Rusumo Falls border, is a one-stop border, meaning we headed right into Rwanda and got all paperwork processed in one building. It was probably the smoothest border crossing ever (no touts or money changers hassling us and truly helpful staff).
Winning an hour on the clock helped us to still arrive at a reasonable time at the Women’s Opportunity Centre lodge and campsite in Kayonza, but did still mean we had to drive about an hour in the dark… It did not help either that the maximum speed in Rwanda seems to be 40km/h. Although we doubted this, there was some reason to believe this as the roads are winding and there are people and houses next to the road for kilometres at a stretch. The Women’s Opportunity Centre is nicely situated in the rolling hills and is aimed to create economic opportunity and rebuild social infrastructure for women. The eco-designed centre offers a market and retail space, a meeting space, some storage and workspaces, special event facilities, lodging, and restaurant services. To recover from the long drives of the last couple of days, we decided to stay at this nice location for two nights before heading towards the capital Kigali. And sorting out the essential logistics every time we arrive in a new country, buying a SIM card (where would we be without mobile internet…) and getting some cash (the first time without standing in line for more than one hour, it seemed it paid of not crossing during the last days of the month).