Nature romps in Nyungwe, Kivu & Virunga

I remember a time in my childhood when the world helplessly watched the Rwandan genocide, I remember a time in my youth when Rwanda was a case study in my Complex Emergencies & Developmental Economy courses. And now I will remember a time when Rwanda is a triumph of human spirit, a victory of good over evil and a beacon of hope for the world!

Kigali City from the Rwandan Genocide Memorial. The Memorial was very poignant and sad, but left us with such a positive message of hope that the world would learn and never again have to face what Rwanda did. ❤️

From Kigali to Nyungwe (Via Nyanza) to Lake Kivu to Virunga!

The King’s palace at Nyanza

The king’s cattle Inyambo

Sunrise at Nyungwe forest, a forest older than the last ice age!

We got a glimpse of the chimps on the road as soon as we started our hike but ended up walking for 6 hours through this forest anyway, because look how pretty!

Magical magical Nyungwe

With our amazing rangers!

The view around the Canopy walkway in Nyungwe!

Our wannabe groupie from Nyungwe, clearly there was something fascinating in the car that had to be appropriated/tasted!

Had to try and get our urban lumberjack poses by these Eucalyptus tree logs waiting to fire up an oven to dry tea leaves!

Sunset on Lake Kivu, part of the Great Rift Valley, bieder between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Also, hippo free, croc free and Bilhazia free, so amazing for a swim!

Breakfast views of infinite blue skies above, infinite pristine water below and unending horizon in between!

Home for the night

All excited and ready to trek into the Virunga mountains with a fervent but hopeful excitement to see the gorillas. Photo taken by our lovely guide Jean-Paul who felt he had to capture this momentous occasion more like he was was convinced we would not be back in 1 piece so had to document the time when we were!

Oh my melting heart!! When you look into the eyes of a gorilla you feel like you are looking into the eyes of an emotionally intelligent person and then there is this! ❤️❤️

Mr Charles of the Umubao family seemed rather taken by my best friend!

Almost poached but not out!

Not at all impressed!

Peace, quiet & contemplation!

Last but not the least, this handsome fellow, the leader of our golden monkey family!

Finally our selfie to record the end of our adventures! Thank you to my dear best friend and faithful travel companion @kr1th1ka! #stellerverse #stellerstories #stellertravel #stellerafrica #stelleradventure #seewhatisee

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  • kr1th1ka

    I had almost forgotten how beautiful it was!

  • t3j1

    @kr1th1ka such an amazing trip!!

  • kingamnich

    This is absolutely stunning. How much time did you spend there?

  • t3j1

    @kingamnich one of my best holidays to date! I spent a week there, 1 day in Kigali and the rest split between Nyungwe (2), Kivu (1), Virunga (3). If you want a bit more of adventure (post the Ebola) do look into crossing the border to DRC - you can scale a live volcano and camp overnight etc. :-)


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