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Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali June 26th 2012

Went down to the bus station this morning to figure out how to get to Gisakura tomorrow. What a manic place. There must be 20 different outfits operating out of the one station. Eventually found that Omega Buses are the guys I need, buses leave from about 6.30am and cost Rwf 5200 to Gisakura. Took a mototaxi back up the hill to the Auberge just in time to meet Benjamin, my driver for the trip to Nyamata & Ntarama to see the genocide memorials. Almost became a statistic when we were cut up by a Toyota 4WD but Benjamin's lghtening reflexes saved the day. I wouldn't want to drive in Kigali! Got out to the Church at Nyamata but there was no guide avialable at that point so went on to Ntarama. The bent up iron ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali June 25th 2012

It's an awful long flight from Auckland to Kigali but it all passed without incident and I landed about 11.00am this morning. Kigali airport is small, almost quaint, but it all runs well. My pack had been checked right through from Auckland and it came trundling off the conveyor like it hadn't been gone more than a minute. I grabbed some Rwandan francs from an ATM at the airport but after 25 hours in transit my brain wasn't up to much so got 30,000 RwF. sounds like a lot, but is only about US$60. Got a taxi from the stand outside the gate for the standard fare of 10,000 Rwf. The guy drove like an absolute lunatic but so does everyone else around here so got his number so he can take me out to the ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali June 1st 2012

They call Rwanda the land of a Thousand hills, but as I travelled from the border to Kigali, I couldn’t help but think about the hundreds of thousands who had been brutally hacked to death on these very roads only 18 years previously. Rwanda will evoke memories of some sort of atrocity in most peoples’ minds, but a lot don’t realise that atrocity doesn’t even begin to explain what occurred between April and June 1994 in this country. The exact number of people killed will never be known, but it is estimated that 1.2 million were massacred, mostly by machetes. Many were tortured, raped or had limbs amputated before death. Neither women nor children were spared, no infant too young to be hacked to death. To put it into some kind of perspective, approximately 3 times ... read more
Nyamata Genocide Memorial
Clean Kigali Streets & Boda Driver with Helmet
Pool & View from Hotel des Milles Collines

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali May 27th 2012

Well now it's been some time since last, and I will try to recollect as best as possible. Also I will try to keep thing chronologically ordered but well see what happens and I should also tell you that you’re in for a long read... Burundi First of after my time in Tanzania me, Johanna and Christian travelled to Burundi heading for Bujumbura. Not much to say about this country except that it's really tiny. Beautiful hills though, but even these were soon to be matched in Rwanda. However we spent two nights in Bujumbura, hanging around local markets and eating ice-cream. I also decided that it was time to get some nice tourist diarrhea before it was time to head of to Rwanda. The extremely short stay was not only because of the small country ... read more
Hotel Rwanda
Typical touristy stuff

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali November 13th 2011

Kigali, like the whole of Rwanda has been known as a dangerous place and not many tourists have made to this small county in East Africa. In fact the recent and tragic history has been washed out and everyone is struggling to forget the consequences of the 94 genocide. Unfortunately this incident has left deep wounds and anxiety not just in Rwandans but in the rest of the world as well. When you are in the place where it all happened just few years ago, you are facing this history in absolute different way and you’ll be touched deeply. Kigali streets are overcrowded and people passing by you, and then you realize that all the adults would have witnessed the genocide and everyone has been scared more or less by this horrible tragedy. You never know, ... read more
Carrying food home
Local food shops
Kigali skyline

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali November 13th 2011

After a slightly extended stay in Musanze, due to an upset belly, we traveled to Gisenyi to visit Lake Kivu. We had heard that staying by the lake was very picturesque, but after spending one night in a rather basic guest house with no windows, a funny smell and no toilet seat, Cel wanted to give up and move on. However, we decided to give it one last try and check out another Lonely Planet recommendation. When we arrived at Paradis Malahide it really was like finding a little bit of paradise, with pretty stone bungalows by the lake and complete with it's own private beach. Unfortunately there was no room at the inn, but we had fallen in love with the place, so when the owners offered to put us up in a tent we ... read more
Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali September 21st 2010

Kigali is the capital of Rwanda and has about 1million inhabitants. It is very built up compared to the densely populated farmland elsewhere in the country. There are many multi storey hotels and large 24hr shopping centres. The internet connections are fast but there is only one international visa ATM which doesn't even work with all visa cards. We stay in the Okapi Hotel, but as usual get one of the worst rooms. This time we struggle for running water! Our first mission in Kigali is getting a Congolese visa, the situation has recently changed and you can no longer get a visa at the border for $35, instead we have to pay $20 to fill out the form, $120 for the visa and $25 for the express next day service!! It also requires many photocopies; ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali July 30th 2010

I met up with Alan and his teammate Patrick at the bus station in Kampala and boarded together. I was sitting next to Alan. He warned me when we got on the bus to put on my seatbelt. I thought that to be a bit ridiculous. The only time I had ever worn a seatbelt on a coach bus was in Australia because it's the law (and yes if they catch you without it on they will kick you off the bus). I asked him why I should put on the seatbelt and he said it's because the roads are very bumpy and it'll help to keep me in my seat. He was right. The bus to Rwanda was extremely bumpy. I'm not even sure if bumpy is the word to describe it though. Had I ... read more
Outside the Genocide Museum
Eating at the rugby house

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali July 4th 2010

Today was Liberation Day for Rwanda. It marks 16 years since the RPF ended the genocide in 1994. I arrived at the stadium at 8:30 am to observe the government ceremonies. My father was busy preparing a party for work so he sent me with his friend Jean-Paul who works with TIG coordinating community service for genocidaires, those guilty of genocide. I was a little uneasy as soon as we got there. About 200 people walked by me with RPGs. I could tell I would be in for an extrememly militatristic day. We sat until 9:45 when things got underway. Two marching bands came in. They were followed by 2 groups with AK-47s, 2 with RPGs, 2 with RPDs, then the police with AK-47s. Last was a flag guard with AK-74u guns. Kagame, the president, eventually ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali July 1st 2010

Here in Uganda and Rwanda I have been thinking of how my friends would relate, adapt to, and perform in the different situations here. I came up with this list of people most likely and least likely for different things. I thought it was funny, so here it is. Not as heavy as my other blogs, but I thought some people would find this funny. Person most likely to commit a cultural faux pas. Most likely: Paul Sihelnik Least Likely: The Dude Person most likely to hate bucket showers. Definitely Celinda. Being from Hawaii she doesn't do well with cold water. Person most likey to enjoy the food. Most Likely: Frumkin Loser:....Me (a little disappointing, I know) Person most likely to become fluent in Luo (Gulu) or Kinyarwanda (Rwanda) Most Likely: Tie between The Dude and ... read more

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