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The land of a thousand hills

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Day: 193
KLMS: 29,601
In the last week we have experienced the most intense emotions from the opposite ends of the scale. From the heart-wrenching stories of the Rwandan genocide to the exhilaration of coming face to face with the mountain gorillas of Uganda, It’s been one hell of a week.
The transition from the open, golden plains of the…

Rwanda

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We had an easy border crossing between Uganda and Rwanda. We drove the short distance from the border to Kigali.The city is spanning several ridges and valleys with flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets. There are huge expensive houses build on the ridges overlooking the city and hillsides. As everyone knows the terrible history of Rwanda’s occasional and systematic…

Being spoilt in Kigali

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What I love about travelling is the people you meet – through someone who knows someone who is related to someone else.  This was such a case: the mother of a friend of my cousins’ lives in Kigali and had welcomed us!
We arrived dusty and tired in Kigali – and desperate for the luxury of a bedroom and proper…

Day 187…Vilanculos- Long Days, Sore Arse and a Whale

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Bom Dia,
My route over the last few days.

I know this blog took a while to get posted. Its because of 2 reasons. Firstly we did some serious mileage, but most of all it was very hard to post the second last post of the trip. Every time I load the photos I tell myself “ok, I will do…

Murchison to Kigali

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After our downtime in Kampala we headed north to Murchison Falls. In Uganda we haven’t been able to even think about driving without being stopped by the police. As mentioned in the previous post, we were stopped almost as soon as we had arrived in the country to be asked for food, drinks and money. On our way from Jinja…

Day 113: Arusha

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Habari!
After our third sweep through Kigali we headed south-east out of Rwanda via the bridge at Rusumo Falls. In 1994 this crossing served as the funnel through which an estimated 500,000 Rwandans – half of them within one 24 hour period – fled from their home country to refugee camps around Ngala and elsewhere in northwest Tanzania. Journalists reporting…

Day 91: Kigali

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Salut!
Would you believe it! Even after everything that has befallen this little country, Rwanda still speaks French.
Before delving into the kaleidoscopic beauty of the place I should first fill in some significant gaps, Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Laikipia region west of Mt Kenya and our antics on the White Nile in…

Short stop in Rwanda

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We’d heard that everyone in Rwanda is terribly polite and this proved to be the case.  The first people we met after the border were these lovely students who came to welcome us to their village and the country as we stopped to take some photos at a lake.  They had been learning English in school and were keen to…

Kigali – Rwanda (again!)

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There is quite a contrast between urban & rural Rwanda. Off course you could say that about every country, but here I think the contrast is highlighted by the sophistication of urban Rwanda. Not just Kigali; all the bigger towns we have been through appear to us to be a level of development & sophistication above the average African town.…

Kigali – Rwanda

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Rwanda has been a country I have been looking forward to visiting for some time now. My father worked out here with the MSF shortly after the genocide in 1994 and, although I sadly never had the opportunity to speak to him in detail about his experiences, it has always struck with me that his experiences in this country moved…

Rwanda – Our favourite so far…

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Genocide Museums
We headed up for a cultural trip to the area that was hit the worst during the Genocide in Rwanda – Gikongoro, which is just outside of Butare (Huye).  In 100 days over 800,000 people were killed by the Hutu’s with machetes in the name of an evil belief that was spread by tribal leaders who made all…

GORILLAS!!!!

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WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!! Worth every penny and so much more. You only get an hour but it is truly magical!!!
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Lake Kivu

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Lake Kivu was amazing, it reminded me of Switzerland rather then Rwanda

Dinner on Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu…

Eastern Rwanda: A land of a thousand hills

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From Kigali we headed west to Nyungwe National Park, a high altitude, mountainous rainforest that is about a 5 hour drive from the capital. Monika and Martin who had left for the park a day earlier had had issues finding camping there (the parks board apparently were charging $30pppn for a site with no water or facilities!) and had kindly organised our…

Remarkable Rwanda: Africa’s cleanest capital city and visiting Rwanda’s past

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Back in Kigali we returned to the Step-Town Motel. Located very central and at a bargain price with clean rooms, a good hot shower, beautiful views from the balcony and by far, the loveliest staff we’ve come across, this place was a winner. So much in fact that we stayed in Kigali for a week; it was the perfect place…

Visiting the “rellies”: The Rwandan Mountain Gorillas

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Entry into Rwanda was pretty quick, despite the fact that we had a bit of an issue with our visas. We did do a quick check a while back on what the requirements were for a Rwandan visa, but should have followed up further*. If we had done that we would have known that we were supposed to have arranged…

Rwanda: Quick facts

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Population in 2011: 10.9 million (Source: UN Human Development Report 2011)
Capital city: Kigali
Official language/s: Kinyarwanda, French, English (Source: Lonely Planet)
Currency: Rwanda Franc (RWF) (Source: www.xe.com/ucc/)
Famous for: The Mountain Gorrillas and (sadly) the 1994 Rwandan genocide (Source: Various)
HDI ranking 2011: 166 of 187 (Source:UN Human Development Report 2011)
GDP per capita (PPP$) 2009: 1136 (Source: UN Human Development Report 2011)
HIV prevalence rate (15-49 years): 2.9% (Source: www.avert.org)…

Rwanda

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1994 het jaar dat Joris 18 was en Merel de respectabele leeftijd van 13 bereikte en aan het einde van het jaar zou onze Landrover in elkaar worden gepopnageld. Nelson Mandela werd verkozen tot president van Zuid-Afrika, het eerst paarse kabinet ziet het licht en Regilio Tuur werd wereldkampioen boksen . In 1994 heeft ook de genocide in Rwanda plaats…

Rwanda in a nutshell.

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After spending four days at Akagera Park we headed for Kigali. Now all African cities so far have been the same, dirty, traffic and loads of people everywhere, however, Kigali is different. This city is clean, peaceful and welcoming. Not only Kigali but we have found the whole of Rwanda like this. The people are the friendliest people we have…