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.
    Thanks to Yves from Everywhere Travel Tours: [email protected]
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Comments • 1 985

  • Julie Bela Wamona
    Julie Bela Wamona  2 日 前

    SAMBAZAAAA I grew up eating it. ahahha Oh how I miss home right now. I aM from Goma

    • gabriel leyva
      gabriel leyva  6 日 前

      wow, I enjoyed your video. The food was probably not to my taste but the people seemed so warm and friendly

      • Roni Richmond
        Roni Richmond  8 日 前

        👋Mark, fam, & all ppl in vid! U r the best! B4 watching u, I was DISAPPOINTEDLY SHOCKED by other VLOGS! I stumbled across yours appx 3mos now w/AMAZEMENT, KNOWLEDGE, JOY, FUN, A POSITIVE SHOCK, & A MORE RELAXED SPIRIT. Thnx 4 all u do just 4us✌&❣

        • Linda Gens
          Linda Gens  13 日 前

          Mikah has the best childhood

          • Linda Gens
            Linda Gens  13 日 前

            Much love from USA!

            • Linda Gens
              Linda Gens  13 日 前

              God Bless them the fruit looks amazing !

              • Linda Gens
                Linda Gens  13 日 前

                Where is your mom?

                • Linda Gens
                  Linda Gens  13 日 前

                  Ying is fun!

                  • Phouvan Chan
                    Phouvan Chan  18 日 前

                    OMG! I love love love Micah SO much. Bcuz he TRULY reminds me of my son at his age. His talkativeness, his lively curiousness & active behaviour. Plus! I shaved my sons head at 2yrs bcuz it's our custom. We believe that their hair will grow back even thicker. Male & female. SO! My heart is with that lil cutee. And ALSO the parents etc.....LOL

                    • Dipjyoti Deka
                      Dipjyoti Deka  18 日 前

                      Ur neck n ur vains

                      • Dipjyoti Deka
                        Dipjyoti Deka  18 日 前

                        I have no respect for u cuz Assam India I dint giggle lites

                        • Dipjyoti Deka
                          Dipjyoti Deka  18 日 前

                          If u r foodie David been here see

                          • Dipjyoti Deka
                            Dipjyoti Deka  18 日 前

                            Mark u dot have n evideo from India an assam

                            • Donal Mac Cormaic
                              Donal Mac Cormaic  18 日 前

                              The sardine like fish in Lake Kivu I think are the same as kapenta fish in Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe/Zambia. Kapenta were introduced from Lake Tanganyika in the 50s or 60s when Kariba was filling up. They are fished by commercial mechanical boats.

                              • Elie MASEZERANO
                                Elie MASEZERANO  20 日 前

                                Thank u by changing the mind set caused by media Rwanda is beautiful

                                • Khammy Lassiterr
                                  Khammy Lassiterr  23 日 前

                                  You can tell when he hates it 😂😩 I love Mark so much though lol

                                  • Genie Mememe
                                    Genie Mememe  25 日 前


                                    • Immaculate Wavinya
                                      Immaculate Wavinya  26 日 前

                                      Ying well done pounding haha

                                      • susana larwer
                                        susana larwer  26 日 前

                                        They left a detail which is the light explores when the fisheries come closer to the light,n those fishes taste disgusting... And it's harmful to human health

                                        • verona wint
                                          verona wint  ヶ月 前

                                          I’m in love with Rwanda beautiful country beautiful people lovely

                                          • Jean Risa
                                            Jean Risa  ヶ月 前

                                            You the best better than all cable travel shows

                                            • Diva aka Mrspitt
                                              Diva aka Mrspitt  ヶ月 前

                                              I love how people in the comments are showing and giving love to Africa!!! Africans(black people) are always made to look less worthy so happy Mark showed the beauty of it i truly wish I was born in Africa much much love from N.Y.

                                              • Aradhana Baal
                                                Aradhana Baal  ヶ月 前

                                                I admire your wife's strength...For most women who had C section's hard getting back on track...and carries Micah by hand most of the time...and tend to him...She's so humble...

                                                • bethel mike
                                                  bethel mike  ヶ月 前

                                                  I love your baby travelling with you. Nice

                                                  • Israel Dufatanye
                                                    Israel Dufatanye  ヶ月 前

                                                    Thank you Mark for these beautiful videos about Rwanda (I also watched the one for Paradis Malahide). I started watching your videos today, starting with 2 about Korean food (since I am moving to South Korea), I didn't you have also beautiful ones about my lovely Rwanda. Some times when we travel abroad we don't remember how our country is beautiful (in Kinyarwanda we say Uwambaye ikirezi ntamenya ko cyera). Thanks also to all the commentators for your appreciation comments about Rwanda.

                                                    • Gugu Gogera
                                                      Gugu Gogera  ヶ月 前

                                                      Mark when are you coming to SOUTH AFRICA to try some kota and biltong

                                                      • Frank Mugarura
                                                        Frank Mugarura  ヶ月 前

                                                        That’s my country!! Thanks for sharing the beauty of my country ❤️

                                                        • Cennet Cumadurdiyeva
                                                          Cennet Cumadurdiyeva  ヶ月 前

                                                          Afiyet olsun 👍👍👍❤️

                                                          • Cennet Cumadurdiyeva
                                                            Cennet Cumadurdiyeva  ヶ月 前


                                                            • Pentecostal Revival Church

                                                              This brother can really travel...I wonder who pays for him???

                                                              • Anoop Pallikkuth
                                                                Anoop Pallikkuth  ヶ月 前

                                                                Hello mark i am from india...(kerala) amazing vedio...nice..

                                                                • 御村託也
                                                                  御村託也  ヶ月 前


                                                                  • Shakti Rao
                                                                    Shakti Rao  ヶ月 前

                                                                    Mark your all videos🎥 i really love it and you are awesome brother. Love from India🇮🇳

                                                                    • Seegrim Calhoun
                                                                      Seegrim Calhoun  ヶ月 前

                                                                      4:23 breathtaking!

                                                                      • Mary A
                                                                        Mary A  ヶ月 前

                                                                        Educational, entertaining, real, honest, humble and I end up having to make myself a snack after watching your vlogs.

                                                                        • Ning Ayala
                                                                          Ning Ayala  ヶ月 前

                                                                          I love seeing more of mica😘😘😘

                                                                          • Ali Blessed
                                                                            Ali Blessed  ヶ月 前

                                                                            I was born in Bukavu in Congo right on the border with Rwanda also half Lebanese ..Love your videos thank you for showing Africa in a good light.

                                                                            • Emma Emily
                                                                              Emma Emily  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                              How I dislike white neck in their country! We need Wode Maya .

                                                                              • Emma Emily
                                                                                Emma Emily  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                papa is soo sexy en alive! how I wish Africans can be treated same way in Europe!

                                                                                • thatemsammagic
                                                                                  thatemsammagic  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                  I love Ying and Micah 😭😭💗

                                                                                  • Raees Khan
                                                                                    Raees Khan  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                    Wow I love mark wiens

                                                                                    • Akki Akki.
                                                                                      Akki Akki.  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                      I am Indian I love you African

                                                                                      • Akki Akki.
                                                                                        Akki Akki.  2 ヶ月 前


                                                                                        • To GOD Be All the GLORY
                                                                                          To GOD Be All the GLORY  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                          He(The Host Eves) will always be a Sweet Nice Guy. Thumbs Up to Him and His Family GOD continue to Bless them 💯I liked because of Africa itself💚🍃🌿🍃🌊🌊🌊

                                                                                          • To GOD Be All the GLORY
                                                                                            To GOD Be All the GLORY  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                            Ok I saw that Good in Mark Wiens Again When he said the light attracts the fish and he said Now that's Magical! Sometime Your ears and eyes shouldn't open up to everything! Thanks to the Host and Love to Africa chill open up where your welcome(even if something comes up against ) There will be no harm🖒🍃🌿🍃💚 And again I never have to Build up a appetite that's built in. Thank You for this amazing upload👌🍃🌿🍃🌊🌊🌊

                                                                                            • Space Shit
                                                                                              Space Shit  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                              Your family is so sweet, your dad is so cool! ❤️

                                                                                              • Flora Espudo
                                                                                                Flora Espudo  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                I ENJOY SEEING YOUR DAD MARK WIENS IT GREAT WITH YOUR WIFE ANG BABY AND ENJOYING OTHER FOODS I LOVE SEEING YOUR VIDEOS

                                                                                                • Steph K
                                                                                                  Steph K  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                  Miss my country😫 ugali miam miam

                                                                                                  • Josephine Wairimu
                                                                                                    Josephine Wairimu  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                    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  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                        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  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                          👋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  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                              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  2 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                • Subin Gooalakrishnan
                                                                                                                  Subin Gooalakrishnan  2 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                  • Joe Bugis
                                                                                                                    Joe Bugis  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                    Beautiful people in the village...

                                                                                                                    • Ancient Builds
                                                                                                                      Ancient Builds  2 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                      • pinksugarfluff
                                                                                                                        pinksugarfluff  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                        Who else geared up when the fishermen started singing?

                                                                                                                        • Always Searching
                                                                                                                          Always Searching  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                          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  2 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                            i stopped watching cooking show because of you mark

                                                                                                                            • artofposh Ahiamadi
                                                                                                                              artofposh Ahiamadi  3 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                              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  3 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                                Oh my God i miss my Rwanda

                                                                                                                                • D Mumford
                                                                                                                                  D Mumford  3 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                                  • Theresa Cadore
                                                                                                                                    Theresa Cadore  3 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                                    • mad blackstar
                                                                                                                                      mad blackstar  3 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                                      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  3 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                                        • Elizabeth Reynolds
                                                                                                                                          Elizabeth Reynolds  3 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                                          • Diana Bailon
                                                                                                                                            Diana Bailon  3 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                                            Super nice humble beautiful humans ♥️ wish them nothing but happiness

                                                                                                                                            • Cate Kamau
                                                                                                                                              Cate Kamau  3 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                                              • Victoria Lee
                                                                                                                                                Victoria Lee  4 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                                                Wow the men are cooking tjis time.. Nice

                                                                                                                                                • sheikh haris ahmed
                                                                                                                                                  sheikh haris ahmed  4 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                                                  Beautiful country beautiful people love from Pakistan:)

                                                                                                                                                  • Pepita
                                                                                                                                                    Pepita  4 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                                                    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  4 ヶ月 前

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

                                                                                                                                                      • sestoelemento 80
                                                                                                                                                        sestoelemento 80  4 ヶ月 前

                                                                                                                                                        The lady is so nice at the fruit stall

                                                                                                                                                        • Benson Mwendi
                                                                                                                                                          Benson Mwendi  4 ヶ月 前

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