Trip to Rwanda from 30 October to 6 November 2017

Our club member Jeanne Ndatirwa, the spouse of the Rwandan ambassador organized a wonderful and exciting trip to “the Land of a Thousand Hills" for the WIB members and friends.

The unforgettable trip was a visit to the mountain gorillas where this amazing animals live in the wild at the foot of the 4,500 meter Virunga volcanoes. After a hike through the dense bamboo forests, we were just few steps away from the home of this imposing but peaceful animal and were able to observe their family life for one hour.

The Rwandan flora and fauna in the Akagera National Park in the east of the country were unique and completely different. During our safari through the savannas and swamps, we saw elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, warthog, monkeys, young antelopes, crocodiles, hippos and a population of colorful birds.

The stay in a volcanic spring resort at Kivu Lake offered not only recreation and delicious local food but also the opportunity to meet the local people and experience their everyday life at the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

During the trip, the international participants also had the occasion to learn more about Rwanda's culture, the history and the reconstruction. The diligence and the visions of the inhabitants are remarkable. They take advantage of the fertile soil and its favorable climatic condition for intensive agriculture. Concrete plans for further infrastructural development are pursued. The genocide memorial in Kigali and the interesting discussions showed the substantial efforts of the East African state to reappraise its past and to create a common identity of all population groups.

Sincere thanks to Jeanne Ndatirwa, who made this unique trip possible with her active, personal engagement, and to all participants of the trip who contributed to making the trip a great success.