I have just returned from my first visit to East Africa. Apart from seeing the” BIG FIVE”, which consist of Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard on the 2nd day of our tour, the rest was a bonus, especially a pregnant female cheetah racing at 70 klms per hour across the Serengeti hunting the Thompsons gazelle’s, unfortunately she was not fast enough, as she missed out on her next meal. Life is tuff!
One of greatest highlights for me was visiting the Masai Mara village and school. The Masai are semi-nomadic people who live under a communal land management system. The movement of livestock is based on seasonal rotation. The Masai live in Kraals arranged in a circular fashion. The fence around the kraal is made of acacia thorns, which prevent lions from attacking the cattle. It is a man’s responsibility to fence the kraal, whilst women construct the house.
I must admit my knowledge of Rwanda as a country was limited, most people relate it to the Gorilla’s, but to see how this country has recovered after the horrific disaster of the genocide is remarkable.
Rwanda can now proudly say that it is the safest country in Africa and from what we experienced the cleanest. I would certainly recommend anyone thinking of visiting Africa to include Rwanda as a must see destination.