Heaven Restaurant in Kigali with the best Nile perch ever, singing fishermen on Lake Kivu, a treehouse room in Akagera National Park with hippos snorting below and bushbabies scampering by at night, safari drives with innumerable giraffes, zebras, Cape buffalo, lions, topi and more. Rwanda is a safe destination with a good infrastructure. We drove from one side of the country to the other and back again.

Rwanda’s sobriquet is ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’. Although it is just 100 miles south of the equator, it is at a high altitude (ranging between 3,117 and 14,787 feet) so it is considered temperate tropical. Lake Kivu, an African Great Lake on the western side, is one of the 20 deepest lakes in the world. For a video with additional photography of Rwanda, see ‘Sun-Bird’ in Related Content at the bottom of the Music page.

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