Rwanda Favorites

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    by CatherineReichardt
  • Favorites
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Favorites
    by CatherineReichardt

Rwanda Favorites

  • Making the most of your trip

    When you're planning a trip to an unfamiliar region, it's alway's always hard to know what's practical, and it's tempting to try and pack too much into a limited period of time in order to make the most of the experience.Firstly be realistic about what you can do in the time available. Although Rwanda is a small and compact country, it can take a...

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  • Nous parlons Anglais!

    Notice anything about this sign (other than the scary thought that it will take you 1.5 hours to hike 2.1km on an 'easy' route)?Yup, it's in English. Which is odd in a former Belgian protectorate which was resolutely Francophone for a century.Perhaps the most sweeping change that the Rwandan President, Paul Kigame, has brought about is that English...

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  • Bradt: The best guide to Rwanda

    As a general rule of thumb, we find the Bradt guides about the best for sub Saharan destinations that are somewhat off the tourist track. To date we've used them for Madagascar, Rwanda and Uganda trips, and my husband has also found them reliable for business forays into Ghana, Gabon and Cameroon.When we visited Rwanda in March 2013, we used the...

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  • Brighton from Churchill Tours: our ideal...

    As a rule, we prefer to self drive and explore under our own steam: however, because we weren't too sure of how practical this was in the Great Lakes region and were travelling with our children, we decided to opt for a package tour. In hindsight, a wise choice.We chose Churchill Tours, who are a Ugandan company that also covers Rwanda. After a...

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  • What to do if you're not happy with your...

    The relationship between tour guide and tourist is a difficult dynamic as it's so loaded with expectation. And, as with any other relationship, there are times when the fit of personalities and interests just isn't a good one.For our trip to Rwanda and Uganda, we were initially assigned a young and introverted guide who we simply didn't seem to be...

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  • The definitive map of Rwanda and Burundi

    I absolutely love maps - they're chockful of possibility and promise!For us, finding a decent map is the start of the planning process - as well as a means of navigating when we're on the ground - but given the wild and woolly places that we often venture, the maps we require are often hard to find.For this trip, we were lucky enough to happen upon...

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  • Some tips on capturing a highly...

    The rolling topography of Rwanda's misty hills shows off the tea bushes to their best advantage and their mesmerising geometric forms are enough to tempt even the most no nonsense tourist to indulge in a little artistic photography. Indeed, Rwanda is one of the most photogenic places that I've ever visited, and although I fall firmly into the...

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  • Trek in to see the Mountain Gorillas

    The trek in to see the gorillas is only a day hike, and for our group it was only 2 hours each way. Depending on where the group of gorillas is that you are going to see, it may be up to 4 hours each way. We were supposed to not get closer than 15 feet to the gorillas, to protect them from human illnesses. But sometimes they would come right up to...

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  • Touring Rwanda

    Rwanda especially Kigali caters to the tourist. Gorillas are the big thing but a little reading and research points you in the right direction. It is very easy to circumnavigate the country while on the ground and a pre-booked itinerary is NOT necessary; too late for me BUT not for you guys! For the Gorillas pre-booking IS A MUST but the ORTPN or...

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  • Interview with the President

    An interview with a head-of-state is always a special thing. To top that, interviewing someone who has had such a crucial role to play in where Rwanda stands today, was even more important for us. Paul Kagame, the soft spoken- teetotaller president, exudes an image which almost seems to hide his past. A military man for most of his life, he led the...

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  • Meeting Eddie

    At Ntarama, we met Eddie. A Hutu, who had been part of the Interhamwe and one of the killers.He had been in jail for 9 years, and had been freed recently, by the Gacaca court, and was doing his bit of community service now. We wanted to interview him on camera and he agreed...Eddie recounted, in great detail, his experiences during the killings and...

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  • Must watch...

    Before setting off for Rwanda, i reccomend that you try and watch a couple of films... One is a documentary, `Ghosts of Rwanda' (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/). Its a very powerful documentary which goes into great detail of the events that led to the killings and has used a lot of actual footage which can be pretty chilling...

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  • Crowded prisons

    Kigali's central prison or Gikondo Prison, built in the 1930's, was only meant to house a few thousand inmates. After the genocide, the numbers swelled to well above 50,000. Most of the inmates are accused of savage acts of genocide and refered to as genocidaires. They wait here for their trails to come up before the Gacaca courts.The bright pink...

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  • Survivors

    I forget her name... But hers was a typically sordid tale among many of the survivors. Perhaps hers was a little worse than the others though.After seeing every single member of her family being butchered at the hands of the attackers, she spent three months in captivity, held by the Hutu 'interhamwe' militia. She was regularly assaulted and raped...

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  • Satguru Travel

    Things weren't exactly what I planned when I was there so I was trying to get a plane ticket out of there. This is the place that offers you the cheapest price. They don't really care much about customers...perhaps because of the fact that they have loads of them. But if you want a good price, bare with them.It's at Ave du Commerce, opposite site...

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  • Post Office

    My cellphone didn't work there so the only trust-worthy place to make an international call is at the post office. A postcard can be sent for RFr150(I only sent a bunch to Europe and Asia so I don't know if the price is also the same for other parts of the world or not).Open from 8am to 5pm on weekdays and 8am to 12pm on Sat.Cross the street from...

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  • Kigali City Tour

    A city tour operated by ORTPN. It takes 4 hours and $20 each. There're 2 tours, one from 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm. It said minimum 4 persons on its brochure but it was only me and my friend on that tour. The bus was nice too. I'll edit this trip later with all places they took us to.This tourist office is just around the corner from the post...

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  • go hiking in the Birunga...

    go hiking in the Birunga National Park in search of wildlife. There's more in my travelogue. Rushour early in the mornings when the roads and markets start getting busy with all that hustle bustle.

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  • There are so many things that...

    There are so many things that I could put here. A trip around the busy market is a must where you can buy everything from Green Bananas to bits of material etc. But the most beautiful place to be has to be Gisenyi or Kibuye on the shore of Lake Kivu. Stunning ! The best thing I have done in Rwanda is to go to Lake Muhazi and skinny dip ! Very...

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  • Go to the Parc National de...

    Go to the Parc National de Vulcans.It was here that we hiked through the mountainous jungle to see the gorillas. It was exhausting but exillerating. After bush bashing for so long you suddenly enter a clearing and see a few gorillas. As your eyes adjust to the dark under the canopy you realise there are 6 in front of you..and 6 more behind you....

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