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Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali June 30th 2015

We crossed the border into Uganda 10 days ago and were greeted by a very "friendly" man at Uganda customs who did not like the looks of our $20 bills - we had to pay for our visas in US $ - he told us to go back to Kenya. We persuaded him to take 5 of our finest bills and after the line grew to 10 people he grudgingly accepted. Welcome to Uganda! Our first stop was Jinja, a town famed for housing the source of the Nile River. While the sight of the source was not super impressive, in concept we found it pretty cool. We spent a day getting used to things in Uganda, rode a boda-boda, ate delicious local food and did what we do best - wander aimlessly. We ended up ... read more

Africa » Rwanda April 23rd 2015

Pre-election tensions in Burundi meant people started to flee the country in fear for their lives. The first refugees went into Rwanda in April and Murray was there to help organise land and set up a new camp for the arrivals. Building a camp in a day, I'm extremely proud of the work Murray is doing, he is able to really help people. People that run from their homes in fear of their lives, not knowing how long they will be gone for. Here is Murray's breakdown of his busy week in Rwanda. 21 April: Meeting with Minister for approval of the site plan concept for Mahama Camp. 22 April: Construction of Transit Centre and arrival of first refugees. 23 April: New Baby is safely delivered at the Transit Centre and named Mahama 24 April: Household ... read more
Site map
Mahama Rwanda

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali April 17th 2015

As mentioned in another blog, following our successful mountain gorilla expedition, it left us with a free day with which we headed into Rwanda for a day trip. The border crossing was a bit of a mission but we made it in and I was surprised at how green and vibrant the road was into Kigala, the capital of Rwanda. The roads were also in fantastic condition – in complete contrast to the rest of Africa! We made it into the capital and our first stop was the Genocide museum for some ‘tourism of tears’. I had visited a few of these type of places in my travel – Buchenwald in Germany, Auschwitz in Poland, the Killing Fields in Cambodia and various other war memorials but it is still horrific to read about what people do ... read more
On the way to Kigali #2
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Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali October 29th 2014

This very disturbing but true and must be shared. It's the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Francine and I can remember the reporting on the television. It was suppose to be a civil war of the warring ethnic groups. However being here we learned it was 100 days of killing the minority who were also the richest and most educated, the Tutsi. This was a systematic plan that had been constructed to take place. The government In power, the Hutu was the majority of people who represented the lower class, it had nothing to do with ethic classes as Rwandan people were of one language, same heritage and one country. It was a division started by the colonization by the German's and then the Belgium's, Who perpetuated the idea of ethnic groups. ... read more
Mass graves
Wall of rememberance

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali September 30th 2014

Welcome everyone to 2 Blondes on holiday travel this is Angie and I started out the day ahead of Francine so I traveled from Columbus to Philadelphia and then from Philadelphia I traveled to Doho, Qatar. Traveling here was very interesting because we went south of Greenland,Iceland came down between Norway and Denmark proceeded through Germany,Poland other Eastern European countries all the way to Istanbul Turkey where we turn due south traveling over some very questionable Middle Eastern countries to Doho. Then flew on to Entebbe then arrived in Kigali, Rwanda. Smooth flying all the way. Francine up at 5am for one last cycle training ride. Off to work For the day. Then depart Broome Western Australia for 10pm arrival at Perth International. ugh doesnt depart Perth until 6am. First time I have slept on ... read more
A King Kong Moment
Diane fosey's hotel and ours

Africa » Rwanda » Province de L'Est July 22nd 2014

Episode 5: Rwanda: gorillas in our midst July 22, 2014. Greetings everyone from the charming country of Rwanda in central Africa. We have been here in Rwanda for about five days now and have visited the Mountain gorillas in the Northwest of the small country. More about them in a moment. In contrast to the dirty chaos of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Kampala (Uganda), the Rwandan capital, Kigali, was a pleasant surprise. It is mostly very clean and orderly, with little rubbish, and with shiny new cars and smartly dressed people. Many of the women wear brightly coloured dresses with matching head garments – very pretty. Rwanda has banned plastic bags, which goes some way to explaining the tidy nature of its capital (plus, on the last Saturday of the month, everyone must take time ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali July 11th 2014

Leandra and I took one Friday off from Kihefo so we could meet up with the rest of the U of S girls and go to Rwanda for the weekend. The girls, Gena, Thea, Heather and Lindsay made their way to Kabale early in the afternoon where we hired a driver to take us to Kigali, the capital city. The Rwanda border is only a short drive away from where Leandra and I stay so we made it there in less than 45 minutes. At the border, they took all our passports, visas and paperwork at the same time while we waited off to the side. While we were waiting, people behind us in line would come and go, as they were still processing our information. Eventually, after about 45 minutes they started to hand back ... read more
Paved roads and traffic lights!
Genocide memorial
Mass burial

Africa » Rwanda June 29th 2014

29 June: Kisoro, Uganda to Kigali, Rwanda Crossing the boarder went well with the Uganda side being quick and the the Rwanda side took more time as they searched the truck and a few individuals needed to wait for visas. After we crossed the boarded, we drove for about thirty minuets before stopping to pick back up Kanyo our guide and two new members to the truck, Rachel from New Zealand and Bob from Australia. At the same spot, one of David's friends came and changed money for us, then we were off for the three hour drive to the capital. Arriving early afternoon we visit the Genocide Museum where we learn about the tragic details of Rwanda genocide in 1994. The museum was very good as it talked about the political occurrences more then just ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali May 29th 2014

On May 30th, I began a two week trip that took me through Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I don't have the patience right now to type up blog entries that could do it justice so for now I'll just post a fraction of the pictures that I actually took while there. Hope you enjoy!... read more

Africa » Rwanda May 1st 2014

Help me Rwanda...I can’t get you out of my heart. Uganda was all about the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife safaris but as we cross the border into Rwanda, the vibe drastically changes. This is going to be an emotional awakening. I just know it. Rwanda is truly a dark emerald set in a band of sparkling gold. When I was twenty, my best friend Syd and I saw that movie Gorillas in the Mist. Up until then, I had no idea about Rwanda or the crisis in Congo for that matter, I remember being touched by the movie’s tragic tale but I shrugged it off indifferently. "Like when was I ever going to trek the jungles of far away Africa to see mountain gorillas? That notion must have buried itself deep in the recess of my ... read more
Rwandan Heaven
Going to school
Diane Fossey lives

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