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RWANDA


Location - East/Central Africa; Capital - Kigali; Population - 10 million; Currency - Rwanda Franc MORE RWANDA

From Gisenyi we moved on to Kinigi for the short trek through the Volcanoes National Park to see the gorillas - December 2007.

 

rwandnote1000 Rwandan Francs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand72Having a beer at Kinigi Guest House, Kinigi, the base for gorilla tracking near Musanze (Ruhengeri)

 

 

rwand75The Kinigi Guest House craft & souvenir shop - Kinigi

 

 

rwand77Cloud hangs over the Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes - Kinigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand78Karisimbi and Bisoke volcanoes - Kinigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rwand79The early morning cloud in the valley below was a beautiful sight - Kinigi

 

 

rwand86Driving past Sabinyo volcano on the way to the gorilla tracking base - Kinigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand87The Volcanoes National Park in the Virunga mountains, home to Rwanda's mountain gorillas

 

 

rwand95Walking at an altitude of about 2400 metres in the Volcanoes National Park. The cultivated land is just outside the Park.

 

 

rwand97The Volcanoes National Park ranges in altitude from 2400 to 4500 metres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand99On our way to the Sabinyo gorilla group in Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand103The first sight of a gorilla is fantastic - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

rwand105The only time we saw one standing - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

rwand109One of the adult females in the Sabinyo group - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand111Her shiny fur looks immaculate - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand115All the gorillas were chomping their way through bamboo - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

rwand117Looking at you looking at me - Volcanoes National Park 

 

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rwand123Along comes the main man, Guhonda, the largest silverback in the Volcanoes National Park.
At 220kg he's an incredible sight.

My YouTube video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand127Guhonda with one of his offspring - Volcanoes National Park

For more on Rwanda's gorilla groups, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand131The baby gorillas are very cute - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

rwand138Apparently bamboo is mildly intoxicating and the baby looked as though he'd had more than enough. The videos I have of him falling around are very funny - Volcanoes National Park. My YouTube videos 1 and 2

 

 

rwand136Don't fancy yours much - another of the adult females, Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand139Father and child - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand133Deep in thought, completely bored, or something else? Volcanoes National Park

 

 

rwand146Guhonda - Volcanoes National Park

 

 

rwand155South of Kigali is the Nyamata genocide memorial.
A blood stained cloth covers the altar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand157An information card at Nyamata genocide memorial

More info here, here and here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand150Victims of the massacre at Nyamata church

 

 

rwand160A few kms from Nyamata is the haunting memorial at Ntarama church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand170The Interahamwe, a Hutu militia, tossed grenades through smashed holes in the church, killing the people seeking refuge inside.
Survivors were then killed by machete and other crude instruments
- Ntarama.

More info on the Interahamwe here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand168Victims' clothes at Ntarama church

 

 

rwand163Clothes line the inside of Ntarama church

 

 

rwand1715000 people were killed in the grounds of Ntarama church in April 1994

More info on Ntarama memorial here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand172Belongings of those who died are stored in the church - Ntarama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rwand167Blood stains the back of the wall of the children's Sunday School - Ntarama

 

 

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LINKS

www.rwandapartners.org - helping Rwanda's 'healing and restoration'

www.hrw.org/reports/1999/rwanda - Human Rights Watch analysis of the genocide

www.rwanda-direct.com

www.rwandatourism.com - Rwanda tourist board (ORTPN) are responsible for the issuing of gorilla tracking permits

www.rwandagateway.org

 

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