02 Jan
While visiting different places, I do have several coffee or tea breaks per day. These pauses enable me to digest my observation and ponder the mysteries of the awe-inspiring attractions Africa is blessed with.

Today’s coffee break venue is Cormoran Lodge in Karongi District. This facility is named after one of the most popular aquatic birds in the area. A cormorant bird (cormoran in French) belongs to the Phalacrocoracidae family.

The cormorant species, found in and around Lake Kivu, have dark feathers. Their bills are long, thin and hooked. The fish-eaters catch their prey in deep waters. After eating, they usually doze off on the shore or on the islands.

Cormorants can take naps on slippery cliffs or loose branches of trees on a windy day. A few years ago, I chartered a boat to Kivu Lodge. While sailing to the southern part of Karongi’s jagged shoreline, I saw cormorants enjoying their afternoon siesta on the floating accessories of the KivuWatts’ submerged pipeline.

Cormorants are multi-talented. They thrive in different environments. They can fly, crawl, swim and dive to the bottom of the lake. A cormorant is the only creature I know capable of being a bird in the sky and a fish in the water.

From the terrace of Cormoran Lodge, I see my favorite islands and reminisce about my unforgettable experiences there during my past expeditions. From my vantage point, I gaze at the gentle aquamarine waves and the light clouds scattered around the blue sky above them.

Earlier today, I traveled from Kigali to Karongi. This is my second coffee break of the day. The first one took place at Stafford Coffee in Kamonyi. I am about to proceed to Nyamasheke through the scenic Kivu Belt road — my favorite route. As usual, Nyamasheke won’t disappoint.