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Africa » Rwanda » Province du Nord February 26th 2019

I travel quite light, if not very light compared to those who schlepp mega suitcases around every airport. Apart from my riding gear i have a small bag, 40 x 40 x 25 cm that contains all I need. I can’t fit my bag into the top box without dividing things into three pieces of luggage, two plastic bags and my bag. Had I checked it out before I left I’d brought my own luggage, but the again it’s a German bloke who owns the company and he should know that you need some luggage space, but sadly the only one to blame is myself. I left with a slight drizzle that soon stopped, Thank you Dog for that. I navigating using my phone and maps.me and as usual the app or as in other cases ... read more
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Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali February 22nd 2019

Going going, gone. i was going to go to the Islamic Republic of Iran, but weather and the tardiness of the aforementioned country’s turn around time in issuing visas and a film on Netflix got me to change my mind. So no Iran (it’s still on the bucket list) Rwanda it is, after the famous film ” A fish called Rwanda”. Visa upon arrival and no hassle, well I have not arrived yet but still. As if I would seek political asylum in Iran or Wanda for that matter.. I've rented some kind of bike, I haven’t seen it yet and as long as it will get me around it does not really matter after all I did Vietnam on a clone of a Honda clone, the size of a gnat. With me in full ,black, ... read more
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Africa » Rwanda » Province du Nord December 12th 2018

It was a special moment, I stared at Ubumwe open mouthed with awe. He looked me in the eye, decided I was boring, and turned away to munch his fistful of nettles. I’ve bored a few people over the years, but I’d never had a 500lb mountain gorilla decide I was dull. It’s all David Attenborough’s fault. When she was eleven years old my wife saw him rolling in the grass with these wonderful animals and a dream was born. That inspiration, allied with a judicious tax rebate, got us to Rwanda after an amazing safari in Kenya. We viewed the trip as a once in a lifetime experience (to justify the expense of it) and booked with Steppes Travel who gave us a first class, hassle free, experience. After we landed in Kigali we were ... read more
Silver back
A house near the parc National des Volcans
Odette and Feza

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali November 25th 2018

This is my first visit to Kigali the capital of Rwanda, and the country itself. I'm at 158 countries visited on my own little count. The official excuse to come here for 6 days is to play the Rwanda Golf Open. Little disclaimer, it is not that easy to write a blog about a country that has gone through so much, while spending my time on a golf course, in a country that is still one of the poorer in the world. So I would appreciate your understanding. The country is certainly one of the most amazing in Africa. So much has been done here the last 20 years...and at the same time, there is a lot of things that cannot be told and about which I cannot write about. So yes, it is complicated to ... read more
Genocide Memorial, remembering this cruel year of 1994!
Sunday in Kigali.....best way to go around is by motorbike taxi...just over 1usd for a 7km ride!
Here, ten belgian commandos, working under UN, were murdered on the 7th April 1994! We won't forget!

Africa » Rwanda November 13th 2018

Rwanda. Les Pays des Milles Collines. The Land of a Thousand Hills. A gross underestimate, as every which way you look there must be a thousand hills in sight. Lush green fields and forests cover every inch. We've only flown less than a thousand miles but it's as if we've changed continent. We arrived at Kigali Airport at midnight, fully expecting the usual airport nightmare, but were instead greeted by a clean and modern terminal. The visa on arrival was quick and easy, the bags came out straight away, and a well-dressed taxi driver with a nice car greeted us at the door, offering the exact price I was expecting to take us into town. Green and clean, there was not a piece of rubbish in sight. This was not the typical African experience we'd had ... read more
Kigali from Nyamirambo
Braid time!
Me mashing something up (not sure what)

Africa » Rwanda November 13th 2018

A short video cobbled together from our travels through Rwanda in October 2018. Places visited include Kigali, Kibuye, Gisenyi, Ruhengeri and the Volcanoes National Park. Let me know what you think! ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Province du Nord August 31st 2018

Up early again. 0530 knock on the door wake up call. Quick shower, dressed and packed for our day out with Jason Dunstall.....The Silverbacks are calling us. Breakfast, pack a snack box and into the car for our exciting day. Still unsure what to expect but the day is clear and not too hot. What do you wear for such a day. Well ours started at the breakfast table where one of the staff fitted our long gaiters we had hired from the lodge. Lucky for us as it was a bit trickier that I thought. Strapped in and out to our waiting car. Back down the rocky road and off to the park headquarters where we have to register and be allocated to a group of 8 people all eager to see these mountain gorillas. ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Province du Nord August 30th 2018

Today we left our Kigali hotel to head up into the mountains. But first we did a drive around Kigali looking at a few sights and onto the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre for an audio tour. Our driver (Yassin) had given us a few bits of information about the genocide of 1994 but said he would let us find out more from the centre itself. You get a map and audio guide and work through at your own pace. I won’t go into too much detail here, but the displays and commentary were pretty graphic. A little bit of history. Rwanda was made up of 3 tribes/clans, the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. The Hutu made up around 84%, Tutsi 15% and the Twa 1%. This split was also used to make up the ruling parties, etc. ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali August 29th 2018

Get a sleep in this morning as we don’t have to leave until 1200. Late breakfast and we get a late check out - 1100. Meet a couple who had wanted to go to the shops to but some Safari desert boots thatbthe guide and some of the drivers were wearing. Had been given instructions on where to go, hir an Uber and it should be easy. I made the mistake of asking when they were going. Oops. WW4. End result was they spoke to the concierge, and came back. All sorted they said, the bus is coming 20 minutes early as it goes past the shopping centre and they can drop in and get the boots. Hmm, was that a question or a statement. Chris gets the hackles up a little and asks a few ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali July 3rd 2018

Okay where did we leave off? I think we were about to go to Bright Future. This place is absolutely amazing and made me wish I had more time in Mbarara. Sheila, the head woman, is totally exhausted but such an inspiration. She has taken the often broken system of orphanages in Uganda and tried to downsize it so it was more of a family dynamic. This smaller size (13 children currently) allows her to also throw in all her efforts to try to relocate the children she gets on her doorstep, from the police, from the hospital or from finding them abandoned in the bush. Unfortunately if the children are with her past one year typically they will remain there until they go out on their own. This has happened to several of her children ... read more
My sick bed view as I chatted and drank Stoney
My roommate got too drunk to say good-bye in Mbarara
View from my hotel room in Rwanda




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