Rwanda Day 2: Mountain Gorillas

Our guide stopped us in a small clearing in the mountainside rainforest half an hour earlier than anticipated. “They’re just over there”, he whispered, languidly pointing over to some shrubs a hundred metres away. I was short of breath and it wasn’t due to the altitude. I was nervous. We’d spend the last two hours trekking through farms and forest in the Parc National des … Continue reading Rwanda Day 2: Mountain Gorillas

Rwanda Day 1: Kigali Memorial Centre

My own memories of news reports from Africa in the mid-nineties extend only as far as images of Nelson Mandela smiling benevolently and shaking hands with people who I didn’t recognise. The overwhelming message was that this was not just a new start for South Africa, but for the entire continent. As a politically naive fourteen year-old in central Scotland I didn’t understand or care … Continue reading Rwanda Day 1: Kigali Memorial Centre