Jungle, forest, plains…and water of Rwanda

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Rwanda is a small country; it only needs about 4 to 5 hours of driving to cross it. But it contains a diverse array of national parks and reserves, from the mountainous jungle of Volcanoes National Park (VNP) in the …

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Election Day, Rwanda

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Good leadership unites people and finds ways to improve all lives. President Paul Kagame has just won a third term to lead Rwanda, as he has since 2003. He is widely popular. As a refugee and military leader against the …

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Gorillas and the fourth wall

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Virunga. Perhaps you have read about this natural treasure and its notable inhabitants, the endangered gorilla. Perhaps you have seen documentaries or the movie, Gorillas in the Mist. We were willing to venture into the Congo, experience the Virunga forest …

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Genocide in Rwanda – fire and water

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The bones and the charred clothing are all that remain…and the memories of the survivors. In just three months, the spring of 1994, the ruling party of Rwanda unleashed all out genocide against part of its population. Out of 7 …

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Madagascar: What we saw

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Madagascar is a country of strong contrasts, all of which we were privileged to observe during our six weeks stay in most of Madagascar’s varied regions. It has a diverse, beautiful landscape over a territory 2.5 times size of England …

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Tiny Treasures at Isalo

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“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.” – William Blake Visitors come to Isalo National Park in the south …

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The Indelicate Art of Paper Making

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Hundreds of years ago the Antemoro people of southern Madagascar – Arabic in origin – began to make a form of papyrus paper decorated with real flowers. The art was revived by the French in the 20th century and thrives …

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Tsingys and furrows of outrageous limestone

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We’ve frequently seen the shape-shifting nature of both limestone and lava rock, the one deposited by the sea and compressed into stone, the other spewed from deep undergound and cooled into rock. What is now viewable of these – the …

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Rough riding

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We’ve been on some very rough roads by car, but the one we took in the north of Madagascar was as bad as they get. India’s Himalayan routes are frequently blocked with avalanches, or at minimum regularly inundated with rocks. …

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Make that two scoops of vanilla

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We were walking the trail past village rice paddies, gleaming with soon to be harvested grains in the valley below Marojejy National Park. From the outlying fields, two men carried large potato sacks back to town, perhaps 25 kg or …

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