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Jun 28, 2019 - 12- Day Rwanda Highlights Tour

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali International Airport to your Hotel Our representative will meet you at Kigali International airport, and then transfer you at your hotel in Kigali. Hotel: Chez Lando Hotel (BB) Day 2: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera national park After a relaxed breakfast from your hotel in Kigali, you head to Akagera National Park. Akagera National Park covers 2500 km² of savannah west of the Kagera River, in the north-east of Rwanda. The park has a variety of wildlife and is a habitat for over 500 different species of birds....

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Dec 7, 2016 - 5-Day Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Trekking

Gorilla Trekking & Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Overview This tour starts and ends in Kigali. The tour takes visits to Nyungwe, a huge afro-montane forest. Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. Visit some cultural sites en route– the Museum in Butare and the palace at Nyanza. Visit Parc National des Volcans where about 300 mountain gorillas live. You can track gorillas, climb the Visoke volcano, track the golden monkeys or visit the Karisoke Research Center, which Dian Fossey the famous primatologist set up, or visit local...

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Mar 19, 2016 - Trekking with gorillas!

This is John writing: First let me give some background. Here in northern Rwanda there is significant altitude: 6,000 – 7,000 feet in the valleys, so although the vegetation is very lush, the temperature is in the mid 70's, and there are almost no bugs. The mountains, where the gorillas are, are volcanic, very steep and covered with vegetation. In Rwanda the government has set up a buffer zone between Volcanoes National Park and the people. The land is used for agriculture, but there are no homes on that property. This buffer zone is on the...

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Mar 18, 2016 - General musings from Lois

We will write about our gorilla tracking experience tomorrow. For a preview of a few photos taken by Jocelyn, see our Facebook pages. I am regaining my strength, but now John is sick. Musings on traveling in Rwanda Notes from Lois: Seeing all the people on the streets as we drive by has given me time to think about the dramatic differences between my life and that of the people in this community of northern Rwanda, and for that matter, a good portion of the world's population. They have so little and I have so much, and I can't help but...

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Mar 17, 2016 - Northeastern Rwanda

John writing now: This morning our guide, Sura, took us to an overlook to see two large lakes that are nestled up next to the mountains. They are referred to as twin lakes, although Lake Burera is 100 meters above Lake Ruhondo. For the first 30 minutes we were on a good paved road, but then we turned onto a small unpaved road. The problem is the stones in the roadway vary from marble size to baseball size, so it is very slow going. Along the way we got to see local village life, and local farms. All farming is done by hand. Much of the...

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Mar 16, 2016 - On to Ruhengeri, Rwanda

This is Lois writing first. This morning we met our guide for the next few days. His name is Sura, and he drove us to the hotel in Kigali last night. Kigali is one of the cleanest cities we have ever seen. There is a ban on disposable plastic bags, and on the last Saturday of every month, every resident of Rwanda (including the president) participates in community service, including cleaning up cities and countrysides. The geography makes West Virginia look flat. There are mountains everywhere, and the people are all in great shape because...

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Nov 22, 2014 - 21 November - Ruhengeri, Rwanda

On Friday we crossed into Rwanda for a brief visit. We got to the border early and had no problems getting through, then headed straight for Kigali (capital) to visit the Rwanda Genocide Memorial. It was a very moving visit, around 250,000 victims of the genocide are already buried there, with more remains still being found. The outside area was made up of various gardens - a rose garden, a series of three gardens starting with one representing Rwanda as it used to be - a central round area representing their houses, banana trees round the...

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Sep 15, 2011 - Uganda to Ruhengeri, Rwanda: The Land of 10,000 Hills

Drive to Ruhengeri Photos Tent poles clanging and loud chatter and yelling woke me up before my alarm this morning and I quickly panicked. Did I not set the alarm for the correct time? Am I late for breakfast? What is going on? Since Kristella was still in bed and not moving I looked at the time one more time and concentrated on it and what our wake up call was for that day and concluded that the noise must be the other group packing up to head out. They had a 6:00am departure and we had a 7:00am and I was promptly happy that I was...

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Nov 11, 2009 - Ruhengeri, Rwanda - Diane Fossey's Grave

Sometimes on vacations one has their up and down days..well, I just went to hell and back!! Let me tell you my story...it's more than your typical JZ adventure. It started like the typical morning... Well, I can officially say I am done with hot water bottles! The water bottle ended up leaking all over the bed and ME in the middle of the night...not a great feeling! Had a hearty last breakfast at the lodge with Abus. We headed to the trekking center again...I felt like Bill Murray in that movie where everything happens the same all over...

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Nov 10, 2009 - Ruhengeri, Rwanda - Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Good morning!!! Today is the BIG day...I go Mountain Gorilla trekking!!! One of the main reasons for my trip! (And, I'm lucky I did so as they are raising the gorilla permits from $500 to $1000 per trek very soon!!) I kept waking up last night thinking I was going to over sleep for my 5am wake up call...but didn't. I just pray it can keep from raining until after my trek. And, I finally feel rested and back to full "energizer bunny" status! When I walked out my door, I saw tons of men on the grass. (There is a hill and then a makeshift golf...

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Nov 9, 2009 - Ruhengeri, Rwanda -

Up at the crack of dawn...literally! It was 5am and my alarm went off! It was pitch black and I didn't want to get out of my warm cozy bed. Believe it or not those hot water bottles worked wonders!! Its freezing in my place when I got out of the bed, so I decided to forego my shower...way too cold. Who would have thought I would be putting on so many layers for a vacation...tank top, shirt, sweatshirt, jacket and scarf...plus I have a rain jacket and gloves for the hike! Ha! As many of you know, I am a morning person...the sunrise was...

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Nov 8, 2009 - Kigali, Rwanda to Ruhengeri

Several key words describe today: amazing, breathtaking, natural beauty, poverty, happiness, and wow!! When one thinks of Africa they think of safaris and more of a desert, savannah, or dry feel, however, Rwanda is totally opposite of that. It is called the Land of Rolling Hills. After what I experienced today, I am mesmerized by it's natural beauty. The people here are so nice and always smiling despite their poverty and living conditions. I feel welcomed everywhere I go!! Words or even pictures can not really desribe what I experienced...

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