Earlier this week we were in the Nyungwe National Park in southern Rwanda. It is a huge area of protected rainforest containing 13 species of apes and 300 species of birds. We 'pushed the boat out' and had a couple of nights of luxury at the Forest Lodge Hotel, set in the midst of a tea plantation on the edge of the forest. In addition to a canopy walk 50 metres above the rainforest, our guide was able to pick out deadly tree snakes and a selection of large colourful birds. Unfortunately, the apes were elsewhere at that time.
Later, we had a tour of the Gisakura tea processing factory. Seeing the process from bush to cup was fascinating.
From there, we returned to Butare through the coffee growing area. Both tea and coffee are Rwanda's main exports. Chris couldn't resist on stocking up on a good supply of coffee beans to bring home.
On our travels, we have noticed an increase in private vehicles and petrol stations since 2012. The roads are definitely busier too. Driving schools are now in evidence.
Back in Kigali, we have been touring book shops and the national library for Early Years story books in Kinyarwanda. Happily these are in the production pipeline but not, unfortunately, available for a few months.
Chris will be home on Saturday, while I go back to Gasundwe and the nursery school for a further week.
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