African Food – BEST MEAL at MAGICAL LAKE KIVU in Gisenyi, Rwanda | Ultimate Africa Food Tour!

African Food - BEST MEAL at MAGICAL LAKE KIVU in Gisenyi, Rwanda | Ultimate Africa Food Tour!
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Gisenyi is a beautiful town on the shores of Lake in Rwanda. The lake is incredible, surrounded by lush green mountains. It’s a perfect place in Rwanda to spend some time relaxing, learning about the culture, and eating. One of the main Rwandan foods to eat at Lake Kivu is sambaza, a fish similar to sardines.

To begin this food and cultural tour of Gisenyi, Lake Kivu, we first stopped off at the local market, and took a boat ride. They were not allowed to fish on that day to control the fishing, but the fishermen gave us a quick lesson on how they fish, and took us out on a boat just to show us. It was one of the highlights of the day for me. The fishing boats are so peaceful and the rowing songs were amazing.

After having a quick snack of some deep fried sambaza, which were delicious, we continued on to one of the biggest fresh markets in Gisenyi. We saw ladies pounding cassava leaves, and stopped to eat some fruit. The tree tomatoes in Rwanda by the way are delicious.

Ibyiwacu Restaurant – Next we ate a quick Rwandan food lunch at a local restaurant. Buffets are very common in Rwanda, you choose all your different starches, with beans, and a couple of different sauces, and you can choose if you want meat or without meal. Overall, very good and fresh food, a little plain, but good with some extra chili sauce.
Price – 1,500 RWF ($1.70) per person

Next we headed to a local home for a home cooked African meal, including some of the local ingredients commonly used in the culture around Lake Kivu. Sambaza are a staple, but since we already had some fried, they made a peanut (groundnut) stew with the fish, and also made some vegetable dishes, with rice, and a number of other starches.

The sambaza with peanut sauce was the BEST meal of my entire trip to Rwanda.

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  1. You can trust Mark's reviews, he is genuine and honest. When he says that the food was good but quite plain (in a nice way) it's very true since Rwandese are not renown for their cuisine and their food is indeed not very spicy. It makes me trust his general overview of other videos as being accurate

  2. Thanks Mark for showcasing Africa, when the Western Countries hear of African they always think of diseases, war and very hungry people, but as they can see…….????? Once again we appreciate you for showing the world who we truly are as a people massive love for my motherland.

  3. The highlight of every video for me is when a home cooked meal is freshly made for you from a local and native family. I love to watch every piece of the meal being made.

  4. what you do is priceless and brings culture to the trolls who don't even know they need it in the world we are in today. Never stop doing this and moving forward. bravo!!!

  5. I absolutely love your channel and seeing other areas of the world in a realistic way because you go off the beaten paths and find the authentic foods, having coffee, making breakfast for my family in Nova Scotia Canada and watching your family friendly channel on a Sunday is a great way to start my day 🙂

  6. Sure looks like paradise to me, not s hole nations like some have called it. Beautiful friendly people and delicious food. THKS for showing reality.

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