Rwanda

Trip Start Jan 09, 2006
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Trip End Dec 21, 2006


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Friday, January 20, 2006

We travelled into Rwanda on 16th January, and left again on 20th, but I'm very glad we went. Rwanda is small, densly populated and very fertile. It has hundreds of hills that are blanketed in mist each morning. The people are incredibly friendly and it was a joy to visit.

The obvious highlight was the gorillas, and as soon as I find a decent computer in Africa I'll upload some pictures. We trecked for about two and half hours through dense bamboo forest to reach the family we'd been allocated to visit. We were allowed within a few metres of them and stood for an hour watching them play and eat. For a while it rained, and both we and the gorillas were equally unimpressed. We stood. They sat. And none of us said a word. But as soon as the rain stopped they started eating and we started taking photos; I think they had the more sensible idea.

It was a fabulous day. The scenery was fabulous and even the mud had its compensations - the most enormous worms were out and about - they were at least 30cm long and about 1.5cm in diameter!

The following day we travelled to Kigali to visit the genocide memorial. Around 256,000 people are buried in the grounds of the museum - just the people killed in the city. The musuem was heart-wrenchingly honest and most of us were crying as we left. It's amazing how Rwanda has moved on. The people are far friendlier here than in parts of Kenya, and the roads and general infrastructure are far better too. I would love to return one day and explore more.
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