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Tulips posted a topic in RwandaPrior to booking my Kenya adventure, I booked this Rwanda adventure combined with Uganda. I love gorillas and had always wanted to see them, but not in a cage. And so. a trip to see them was a must on my bucket list. Rwanda had been on my radar, not really as a place to visit, but because a Canadian had led the UN mission there at the time of the genocide. I'd read his book, which I highly recommend (Shake Hands With the Devil) and seen a documentary he had done as part of his therapy for PTSD and to bring awareness of the genocide in the a different way than Hollywood films. Of course, being that Rwanda is one of three countries where one can see the gorillas, and because my cousin had highly recommended it, I started planning. Together with my travel agent, we found something that was suitable for my budget and the trip was booked. Luckily, this was done prior to the increase in permit pricing. I spent four days in the country and my eyes were opened in more ways than one. I hope you will follow along.....
Zubbie15 posted a topic in RwandaThis is a continuation of my trip report, which started with almost 2 weeks in Tanzania. That can be found here (http://safaritalk.net/topic/16549-a-tale-of-two-safaris-tanzania-2016-followed-by-rwanda/) for those who, perhaps, aren’t directly following along. There are only 3 topics in the Rwanda forum at the moment, so I’ll give a little more background than I might otherwise for people who are considering the country. Some of the mountains the gorillas live on When we booked the Tanzania part of our trip, with Access2Tanzania, I mentioned to Karen that we were thinking of including an extension to Rwanda, and could she recommend a company to contact. Well, she replied that A2T was actually in the process of setting up a sister company in Rwanda (Treks2Rwanda). So we decided the easiest plan was to book through them, and we were very happy we did. Our guide during the time was Norbert, who is their country chief, and is not only friendly and personable, but he seemed to know everybody and was able to get us access to locations we might not have been able to get to otherwise. Technically, if one is going to Rwanda just to hike the gorillas, it is possible and actually fairly easy to book the permits, hotels, and ground transport yourself. But I thought the insight Norbert was able to provide, both in terms of the country now and its history, was invaluable. It's a tough life! Itinerary: Our itinerary was really fairly basic. Day 1 – arrive, dinner, sleep in Kigali Day 2 – sleep in, morning around Kigali, afternoon transfer to Ruhengeri Day 3 – first gorilla trek Day 4 – second gorilla trek Day 5 – golden monkey trek, return to Kigali for evening flight