Monday, 3 February 2014

I think we might be going to break the car

We really struggled to get around the Akagera.  The roads are seriously rough, often bare rock in places and we were getting really worried that the Levante was not up for the treatment it was getting.  There were some horrible noises coming from the suspension, and the tyre anxiety had not yet left us - we definitely felt that we were pushing our luck on occasions.  I would only recommend visiting here if you have a decent 4-wheel drive, and preferably you should travel with another vehicle.

We moved onto another campsite further North in the park called Mutumba Hills, again on top of a hill overlooking the lakes.  This site was equipped with exactly the same facilities as the last one - ie very few.  Visitor must bring absolutely everything with them, including all water.  There is a bit of firewood, but take care as it looks like there has been a massive bush fire quite recently.

It took about 2 1/2 hours to drive from the one site to another, a distance of probably only 40kms - there were a lot of tsetse flies attacking us and with the state of the roads it wasn't very relaxing.  However sitting in camp with a cup of tea enjoying the view while a local farmer drove his crazy horned Ankole cows down the hill was much more like it.

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