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

  • Published: 06 August 2018
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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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Comments • 1 934

  • Steph K
    Steph K  2 days back

    Miss my country😫 ugali miam miam

    • Josephine Wairimu
      Josephine Wairimu  2 days back

      im a kenyan but i love this part of rwanda. so refreshing. i love they way they preserve their small fishes in the lake!

      • ఊరి ముచ్చట్లు

        Your digestion system is like grinder...... please don't mix one by one.... and please check once it is hygiene or unhygienic..... please share your difficult experiences.......too .... love from INDIA 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

        • Roni Richmond
          Roni Richmond  3 days back

          YVES...YUMMY🤩 I just can't comprehend the ppl who get hungry watching your Vlogs🤔 I GET FULL 4real!!! I'm there with u Mark😁 The ppl, kids, atmosphere, foliage, scenery, UNREAL!!! Enjoyment EVERY day I watch when I wake. Thnx Mark & Fam💖

          • Roni Richmond
            Roni Richmond  3 days back

            👋Mark, Ying, Micah, "DAD"... Wonderful. Enjoy seeing fruits that are foreign 2 the eye. The small fried fish😋 the meals😋 & Dad- sooo handsome as Mark!! Tour guide-YUMMY😉 MARK- no lifting!! U r already in shape & u might hurt sumthin 😊

            • osemwengie papa izevbizua

              These guy can eat for Africa

              • birdy elke
                birdy elke  4 days back

                Interesting, but I wonder why food are cooked outside and for eating every one sat on the floor? Africa, warm people but we need more comfortability... Gorgeous thou

                • Sweet Princessa
                  Sweet Princessa  5 days back

                  Easy on the cassava man or you will get twins now you need to know about this veg 😎

                  • Subin Gooalakrishnan
                    Subin Gooalakrishnan  1 weeks back

                    Mr mark you are same like your dad.i love your channel

                    • Joe Bugis
                      Joe Bugis  2 weeks back

                      Beautiful people in the village...

                      • Ancient Builds
                        Ancient Builds  2 weeks back

                        I remember cutting down a bunch of green bananas while underneath it. Wont be doing that again.

                        • pinksugarfluff
                          pinksugarfluff  2 weeks back

                          Who else geared up when the fishermen started singing?

                          • Always Searching
                            Always Searching  3 weeks back

                            Thank you Mark. I love to watch your Rwanda trip before I go there for the first time with my husband who is from there! 🙏

                            • shema ronald
                              shema ronald  3 weeks back

                              i stopped watching cooking show because of you mark

                              • artofposh Ahiamadi
                                artofposh Ahiamadi  4 weeks back

                                You and your entire family are down to earth and you do not look down on anybody or anything. God bless you and keep you safe through your travels

                                • Queen Shanela
                                  Queen Shanela  4 weeks back

                                  Oh my God i miss my Rwanda

                                  • D Mumford
                                    D Mumford  1 months back

                                    Does anyone else not trust Mark when he says "It's just a little bit spicy". 😂 😂 😂 😂

                                    • Theresa Cadore
                                      Theresa Cadore  1 months back

                                      Don't trust you Chinese what are you after?our people are too trusting

                                      • mad blackstar
                                        mad blackstar  1 months back

                                        I really dig you mark and i love how you cover africa food scene something you never got watching Andrew Zimmerman show .

                                        • Abdul Hamid
                                          Abdul Hamid  1 months back

                                          Amazing Mark. You should own your tv/cable channel. No doubt you are No.1 Vlogger.

                                          • Elizabeth Reynolds
                                            Elizabeth Reynolds  2 months back

                                            You don't seem to enjoy that meal like most.

                                            • Diana Bailon
                                              Diana Bailon  2 months back

                                              Super nice humble beautiful humans ♥️ wish them nothing but happiness

                                              • Cate Kamau
                                                Cate Kamau  2 months back

                                                I love the way you tag your family along...Michael seems to enjoy it so much.

                                                • Victoria Lee
                                                  Victoria Lee  2 months back

                                                  Wow the men are cooking tjis time.. Nice

                                                  • sheikh haris ahmed
                                                    sheikh haris ahmed  2 months back

                                                    Beautiful country beautiful people love from Pakistan:)

                                                    • Pepita
                                                      Pepita  2 months back

                                                      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

                                                      • Corupt Cusurubelnitza
                                                        Corupt Cusurubelnitza  2 months back

                                                        14:13 that kid was going to jump in the water 😂

                                                        • sestoelemento 80
                                                          sestoelemento 80  2 months back

                                                          The lady is so nice at the fruit stall

                                                          • Benson Mwendi
                                                            Benson Mwendi  2 months back

                                                            u're simply incredible mark 👍. just keep it going ❤️

                                                            • Barbara Wicker
                                                              Barbara Wicker  2 months back

                                                              I love this show

                                                              • Ali Blessed
                                                                Ali Blessed  2 months back

                                                                Omg I was born on lake Kivu but the Congo side Bukavu!!

                                                                • Badar Komb2
                                                                  Badar Komb2  2 months back

                                                                  I liked this programs

                                                                  • Lucy Waithira Njoroge
                                                                    Lucy Waithira Njoroge  2 months back

                                                                    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.

                                                                    • Stacey-Ann Felicia Smith
                                                                      Stacey-Ann Felicia Smith  2 months back

                                                                      Cureech That's what it's called in Jamaica. It scratches your skin.

                                                                      • SG G
                                                                        SG G  2 months back

                                                                        You make hungry all the time men...asante sana kutoka Iceland Reykjavik

                                                                        • yatz hihoir
                                                                          yatz hihoir  2 months back

                                                                          Beautiful Africa,much love

                                                                          • leah buluku
                                                                            leah buluku  2 months back

                                                                            The lake is spotless clean... I love.

                                                                            • reginaroberts #us24ever
                                                                              reginaroberts #us24ever  2 months back

                                                                              So lovely to hear them singing together ...


                                                                              • Violette Joseph
                                                                                Violette Joseph  2 months back

                                                                                I feel like I want to be there 😭

                                                                                • Kanja Gitonga
                                                                                  Kanja Gitonga  3 months back

                                                                                  That poisonous vegetable is Stinging nettle, Kenyans love it too.

                                                                                  • Lovey Love
                                                                                    Lovey Love  3 months back

                                                                                    I So Love You Wiens Family. For Showing Me My Culture. I'm Americanized So It's Great To See How It Would've Been 😊

                                                                                    • Nat
                                                                                      Nat  3 months back

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      • John Muriithi
                                                                                        John Muriithi  3 months back

                                                                                        Good mark" nyce Rwanda food

                                                                                        • Meg megie
                                                                                          Meg megie  3 months back

                                                                                          Rwanda is so clean

                                                                                          • Thirteen 13
                                                                                            Thirteen 13  3 months back

                                                                                            18:07 Mark ballin with that soundtrack lol

                                                                                            • Bernadette Bailey
                                                                                              Bernadette Bailey  3 months back

                                                                                              Can I mail the family a can opener as a gift?

                                                                                              • Bernadette Bailey
                                                                                                Bernadette Bailey  3 months back

                                                                                                Mark's videos are awesome!

                                                                                                • JulianGD82
                                                                                                  JulianGD82  3 months back

                                                                                                  I love Africa, awesome people and food !!! ❤️️