If you go to Ruhengeri and you are a realist, you should not expect a first class hotel: Ruhengeri is a little town somewhere "in the bush".
But what they lack in luxury, they really compensate with friendship!
The food? Well, it was fresh... You could hear when the goat was killed early in the morning, the same one you would have for lunch and dinner. And they were healthy to eat too: I believe I spent more calories in chewing them then the amount of calories I got from the food...
But the mushroom stewing was first class, better then the ones I have in Norway, where i live. And Norway is FULL of mushrooms!
I loved the swimming pool too... How big was it? Well, about 3 by 4 meters?... And empty...
And one thing: I lived there for about nine months directly after the genocide in -94, helping to build up the whole area with fresh water, working from the Virunga Park and down to Kinigi.
The rooms were simple, with paper thin walls, so I could hear my neighbors activity when he was writing on his laptop. But I just loved the gecko lizard on my wall, who was defending me from insects, as well as the transparent frog on the bathroom.
We joked often about the bank on the other side of the road, saying that it had a fantastic service: It was open 24/7 (mainly because the front door was blown off by a bomb during the war).
Totally speaking, I loved Rwanda and Ruhengeri. And the Muhabura is... charming.
So if you are going to the Virunga Park, this is the place to start from.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Muhabura Rwanda/Ruhengeri