Lake Kivu, Rwanda: where to go and what to do

After our busy trip around Uganda featuring gorillas and volcanoes it was time to slow down the pace a little and kick back on the shores of beautiful Lake Kivu in Rwanda. From all our reading and chatting to people living in Rwanda we couldn’t decide between heading for Kibuye or Gisenyi, also confusingly known…

Mount Sabinyo: the mountain that shall not be named

For the 48 hours following our time on Mount Sabinyo we couldn’t even mention its name without an involuntary wince of physical and emotional pain. Thankfully, that association lessened over time and I can now look back on our ‘day out’ up the mountain with a sense of pride and achievement. Mount Sabinyo is a…

You’re going where?! A holiday to Rwanda and Uganda

Standard pre-holiday office interaction: Colleague: “can you do X,Y,Z for me next week?” Me: “Sorry, I’m off on holiday for two weeks” “Oooh anywhere nice?”, “Errr, I hope so, Rwanda and Uganda”…. Reactions then ranged from “Where?” and “Why?” to “Is it safe?” to the not very up to date “Isn’t there still genocide there?”….

Can you ski on the cheap? A long weekend skiing in the French Pyrenees

The struggle was real; winter was dragging on, mountain time had been minimal and we couldn’t afford a weeks skiing, what could we do? Enter the search for a mountain weekend that wasn’t going to cost the earth but might offer just a smidgen of proper winter mountain time (ideally with sun, vin chaud and…