Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rwanda



From the majestic mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda, we crossed the border into Rwanda. We were just going to dash through Rwanda as we had heard so many conflicting stories, but as usual it was blown completely out of proportion and it was smooth sailing as always. The first thing that changes as you cross the border is that you drive on the right side of the road which took some getting used to. 

Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Rwanda's economy suffered heavily during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, but has since strengthened.
The economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture. Coffee and tea are the major cash crops for export. Tourism is a fast-growing sector and is now the country's leading foreign exchange earner.



Working hard in the fields.


Hard at work.

Rwanda was spotless no rubbish or litter anywhere which was total amazing. Great roads and infrastructure which was completely crazy being in the middle of Africa.  Even the robots have digital countdowns to keep you informed of the next change.
 
Robots with countdown.
Kigali is the capital and largest city.
Rwanda is one of only two countries in which the mountain Gorillas can be visited safely, if visitors are prepared to pay the high prices for gorilla tracking permits. Almost all the money generated from the permits goes to the benefit of the Gorilla’s.