Travelling to Rwanda

Trip Start Apr 04, 2006
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Trip End Oct 23, 2006


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Monday, May 22, 2006

We woke with the sun and the chirping of birds - I counted 7 separate bird calls (of course, that does not mean that there were as many types). Breakfast was fabulous with lemon scones and jam - freshly made as I placed the order last night.

A canoe ride around the island (1 hour) was arranged for us at a cost of 5000 USh each ($3.17 Cdn or $2.77 USD). While trying to decide how much paddling we actually wanted to do, naturally, we were told that there is a guide to paddle for us ... why work!

The water was perfectly calm, the canoe was made of a dugout eucalyptus tree (lasts for 8 years) & the birds were cooperating well with the camera. Lovely! Enjoy the photos!

After the canoe tour, we rode the water taxi back to mainland and started our drive to Rwanda. The drive was uneventful & really bumpy. I will not miss the gravelled, pot-holed roads of Africa when I return home (smile). The time to the border would be 1/2'd if the road was smooth. Border crossing into Rwanda was simple - huts and all. No entry visa is required for Canadians and British.

The countryside is beautiful and lush & the women are colourful in their fabrics and prints. The dominant landscape feature is the 3 volcanoes (part of the Virunda Mountains) that tower into the clouds. The gorillas are there. We cannot contain our excitement. It's fleece-sleeved chilly in the evening because we are surrounded by mist/moisture.
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