22 Apr

I had been to Realm Beach Resort several times before, but this was the first time I was scheduled to spend a whole weekend there. It was also the first time I used public means to get to the lakeside facility.

From Kigali, I boarded a Rwamagana-bound bus. After being dropped off in Nyagasambu, I jumped on a taxi-moto and headed to the lake. My mode of transport, this time around, enabled me to get closer to members of the local community and experience their day-to-day lives.

The road to the lake, from Nyagasambu Market, is not tarmacked. It snakes through settlements and farms. The six-kilometer stretch is not as bumpy as it used to be. From the look of things, it is just a matter of time before it is fully upgraded.    

Upon arrival, I checked in and activated relax mode. It was Friday afternoon, and the weekend has just began. In the company of my fellow domestic tourist, I had lunch on a cabana floating on the gentle waves of lake Muhazi. As I savored fresh tilapia from the same lake, I spared a minute to learn more about the intriguing water body.

Lake Muhazi is narrow and shallow. The flooded valley lake spans the distance of about 50 kilometers, while forming several offshoots along the way. From the sky, it looks like a tree lying horizontally on the surface of the lake.    

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