Trip report with good off-the-beaten-track info

Alistair writes:
Nyakarambi:
I (and a couple of Americans who I met there) found the craft museum very disappointing with very little to see. By all means stop if you are passing but do not (unlike theAmercans I met) make a special trip from Kigali
Kamembe:
Unless crossing the border or catching the ferry to Kibuye/Gisenyi I would stay in Kamembe and not Cyangugu. There are two decent cheap hotels there. One on the right hand side of the road as you exit town just before the Paradise Ten (which was closed) and the other The Magnificat which as you come into town from the main bus station is up a cobbled street on the right (the first one you come to after the Ecobank and BCR banks) about 100 metres up on the left (not well signposted). Both of these are comfortable and clean (in the Magnificat washed and ironed sheets every day) and en-suite rooms starting at Rfr 5000. The Magnificat has reasonable restaurant and bar.
Nyagatare:
The Seeds of Hope guesthouse (now closed) is nearer the bus stand than shown on the map. Again from the bus stand The Blue Sky is  straight down towards the main road on the left and there are also a number of reasonable places to stay on the right as you walk down to the Blue Sky and just as you turn left at the main road.
Karongi/Kibuye:
Buses do not do a loop of the one way round the peninsular they go straight to the bus stop in the centre of the village. The one way is no longer round the whole peninsular only the Northern part. If you are catching the bus to Kamembe it goes from where the road to Kamembe starts by the hospital. It arrives there around 8.00 but does not leave until 9-10.00 but this seems to be a bit flexible however best to be there when the bus arrives and get your seat to avoid standing for 6 hours (if you are staying in town you can reserve your seat and go back for your bags. Boats to Gisenyi (from Cyangugu) on Tuesday and Fridays (around 11.00) and to Cyangugu from Gisenyi Sunday and Wednesdays (around 10.00) from near the Golfe Eden Rock)
Byumba:
The recommended hotel/guesthouse is not easy to find and a longish walk with luggage (maybe a map would be useful for the next edition?). There is also a basic guesthouse near the taxi park (exit and walk along the road straight ahead with the market on your right hand side and a little after the first road on your right is you will find this place) rooms with en suite Rfr5000 – there are cheaper rooms with shared facilities but did not look appealing!
Muhange/Gitarama
SIFA guesthouse is a better alternative to Le Palmier. Rooms sharing facilities  Rfr 4000 and with en-suite from Rfr6,000. A very short walk from the bus/taxi park/market. With the market behind you walk to your left and then take first left down to the main road and you will see it on the opposite side of the road very slightly to your left.

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