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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.


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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.

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rwand127Guhonda with one of his offspring - Volcanoes National Park

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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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