And then the sun rose and it was time to trek back down. I struggled quite a bit here, as there are long patches of the trail that are filled with lava rocks and that was quite a strain on my already problematic knees.
THE SWITZERLAND OF AFRICA
I crossed back into Rwanda, a refreshing place to be in and forget the havoc of Africa. The plan here was to head straight for more adventures around Lake Kivu, but I ended up ditching my plants and staying in Gisenyi to just chill and recover. My right knee was killing me and I was so damn tired from the lack of sleep. With so much left to do in Africa, it just made sense to relax. Afterwards, I travelled to Kigali, which I used as a base to sort my life out (going to the doctor, buying much-needed things for the journey, and sending out a few packages for my online shop).