26 Feb

When I arrived at Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge, I was amazed by the number of new cabins set up since the last time I was there. In addition, I was encouraged by the number of tourists sojourning at the sanctuary. Cradled at the entrance of Nyungwe National Park, the lodge in question is strategically located. 

After dinner, I spent a couple of hours at the fireplace bonding with seasoned travelers who had participated in Turning Pages' book club session earlier. The travel stories I heard from these adventurers are simply fascinating.  

If you have been reading Afrika Nzuri's chronicles for a while, you must be aware of the literary gatherings dubbed Turning Pages. If you are new here, our project is designed to cultivate the culture of reading while promoting tourism. Its implementation involves staging book club sessions that bring together travel enthusiasts from all corners of the world. 

In the morning, I laced up my hiking boots and strolled along the edge of the national park. Sandwiched between a dense forest and manicured tea plantations, I was reunited with Mother Nature. In the words of Mary Davis, "a walk in nature walks the soul back home."

Kitabi Sector, where I spent most of the time while in Nyamagabe, offers a wide range of activities for visitors interested in nature, heritage, community, art and agro-tourism. Unfortunately, my time in the administrative area was limited. Although I left without indulging in a thorough exploration of Kitabi, the nature walk I took in the morning and the beauty I soaked up created lasting memories. 

Nyamagabe was my first sub-destination in the Southern Province. With only seven districts to go, the finish line was in sight. From Nyamagabe, I rode to Nyaruguru through the road less traveled. That's a story for another day.