June 01, 2018

May 30, 2018

Day 3 - Burundi

Day 3:  Rusizi National Park and Cultural Tour of Bujumbura

After breakfast, we embarked on a sketchy boat trip in Rusizi River where we were supposed to explore the hippos, numerous birds and the joining point between Rusizi River and Lake Tanganyika before a guided nature walk in this park of animals’ species.  We explored where the Rusizi River joined Lake Tanganyika, but could not enter the river due to new government restrictions for private boats.  Instead we headed back to Lake Tanganyika to see another pod of hippos and skipped the game walk. I was thankful that the boat make it back to shore. It had a leak and burning fuel extremely fast.  Needless to say the game walk never occurred. 

After lunch, we returned to Bujumbura for a half day tour in Bujumbura to visit the Snake & Culture Museum; the Islam Culture Centre; City Hall; President's Office and the main attraction of the City: Lake Tanganyika. Belvedere Climb offering nice view of Bujumbura city, Independence hero Monument and after, we also visited explorers Memorial, a huge rock in the Suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explores Stanley and Livingston. 

May 29, 2018

Day 2 - Burundi

Day 2 - Gishora Drum Sanctuary and Kibira National Park

After breakfast we drove to Gishora Drum Sanctuary to watch the drum performance and then visited the National Museum of Gitega, Mushasha catholic village, ancient administrative offices during colonial time.

After we drove to  Kibira National Park for a guided nature walk in this park. There is a possibility to spot animals’ species like black and white Columbus monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees, but we saw nothing except flowers and flora and fauna.  The country still suffers from the political upheaval and tourist is scarce, so very little funds are being invested in the national parks.   Nevertheless, the guide was very entertaining.  During the visit we enjoyed the view of the Congo-Nile Ridge and Teza tea plantation before driving back to Bujumbura to  Hotel Club Du Lac Tanganyika.

Gishora Drum Sanctuary

 Hotel Club Du Lac Tanganyika

May 28, 2018

Day 1 - Burundi

Day 1: Source of the Nile and Karera Waterfalls

After breakfast we visited the Source of the River Nile at Rutovu, a not-so-small forest with a river stream that several researchers, including the BBC, have corroborated to be the Source of the River Nile, the longest river in Africa and second-longest in the world. In the afternoon, we drove to Rutana to admire Karera waterfalls

May 27, 2018

Eastern Coastal African Food

Somosa - Influence of Indian Culture 

Nampula - Calamari and Chips

Maputo Turkish Restaurant - Steak, Chips and Humus

Mapata - Seaweed, Coconut Milk, Peanuts - A Mozambique Speciality 

Lamb Curry

Mozambique Island Calamari  - Excellent 

Street Food Mozambique Island

Calamari and Chips

Mixed Ceviche

Cod Fish, White Seaweed, Cassava Greens and Potatoes

Maputo's Portuguese Influence  - Custard Tarts - PasiĆ©is de Nata

Mozambique National Art Gallery

An interesting museum, but no "wows". Most spectacular was the woodcarvings.