Category Archives: Imbo Plain

Wild Rice, Salt, and Navigation on Lake Tanganyika: 19th Century and Now

The first settlers and explorers in Burundi were from Germany.  Their initial port on Lake Tanganyika was established at Kajaga – which is close to where we live and where the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika is now located on the northern shores … Continue reading

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The Long Dry Season Comes to Central Africa

Our weather consists of two seasons: Rainy and Dry.  The latter, beginning in late June, lasts about three months, and the rainy season the rest of the year.  Well, there is also quite a short dry-ish season in December-January. Here … Continue reading

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The Social Life of Beans in Burundi – Part 2

Part 1 of this blog discussed the different steps used by smallholders here in Burundi in cultivating, harvesting and processing beans.  Below, a few more notes on these steps – together with thoughts on the challenges of emergency seed distribution following … Continue reading

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Post-War Peace on the Shores of Lake Tanganyika: Riding High!

Civil war officially ended in Burundi in 2006.  For several years thereafter, there have been sporadic fights and attacks, but these, too, have dwindled to almost ‘zero’. What changes has a blanket of peace brought?  This blog concentrates on post-war activities on the … Continue reading

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Discovering the Rusizi River, Did it flow IN or OUT?! Part VI

Hippos on a sandbar in the Rusizi River. Source Wiki This is the last post about the exploration of the Rusizi River on Lake Tanganyika, by Stanley and Livingstone.  Though surprisingly, there were ‘armchair explorers’ back in England who doubted … Continue reading

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Discovering the Rusizi River, Did it Flow IN or OUT?! Part V

Continued from this blog. …On the second morning of our arrival at Mugihewa we mustered ten strong paddlers, and set out to explore the head of the lake and the mouth of the Rusizi.  We found that the northern head … Continue reading

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Discovering the Rusizi River, Did it flow IN or OUT?! Part IV

This email is a bit tedious – consisting primarily of names and geog. places discovered by Livingstone and Stanley. Finally, Stanley and Livingstone reached the top (north shore) of the lake, crossing from the eastern shore to the N.W. corner and … Continue reading

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