Lake Muhazi was our next destination
We left Kigali to find a place where we would have a better place to stay. So we intended to go to Tanzania anyway, so we drove in that direction and close to Rwamagana we found a lake with a nice lodge, Lake Muhazi Beach Resort. There we checked in at their campsite, rather cheap about 3 US$ per person, including power and they had free WIFI as well. The manager Jonah was a very friendly and educated person and we felt quiet comfortable there. We could work properly, anyway we had a lot to do on our computers and the setting was nice.
We spent the days with work, occasionally we took a boda boda to Rwamagana to do the shopping. You get almost everything there and they have a nice market as well. As our visa expired soon, we discussed what to do. We heard that rainy season in Tanzania will end in March (which was crap information we learned later) so we decided to extend our visa in Rwanda.
For visa extension we had to go to Kigali, but as parking is difficult there, we went by public transport. First Jonah phoned some motorbike guys to drive us to the main road which was about 4 km from the lodge. They charged 1000 Fr (about 1.50$) per bike. There we waited for the bus. There are several bus companies that operate to Kigali, one of them is National, they charge 1000 Fr (1.5 $) for the almost 90 km to Kigali. They are quite comfortable, Toyota Coaster, and public transport is very disciplined in Rwanda. The have real bus stations, with ticket offices and real tickets, so it is quite easy. We jumped in the bus and after 90 minutes we arrived in Nyabugogo Central station. From there we took a motorbike to town, to withdraw money, change that into US $, because you are supposed to pay for the visa in dollar. Even at the immigration everything is organized, up to noon you bring the application, in the afternoons you collect them. You get a number when you arrive there, then you have to go in the backyard to Revenue Authority, to pay for the extension (50 US $ per person for 1 month – rather expensive) you have to bring two photos, fill in an application form, write an application letter to the director general, the lady checks everything and after 3 days you can collect your passports in theory (you even get a tracking number which you can check by phone). As we had not intended to stay that long in Rwanda, we did not have a local phone, so things got a bit more difficult, so the lady said we should pick it up the following week. Boda to the bus station, bus to Muhazi, and soon we arrived back at the campsite.
30.01.2014 to 05.02.2014
Nothing but work, but enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
So again to Kigali, to pick the visas. When we arrived the lady said, they are not ready, because in the application letter, we did not write TO director general of immigration, which was a severe mistake, and we had to write new letters. Bureaucracy at the highest level. You need to keep your temper calm, because nothing else makes sense. So back to our campsite. Boda, Bus, Boda.