10 mai 2006

Rita & Jeremie & friends

Some photos of us in the Akagera park.      chasing zebras overlooking the park a last goodbye to the giraffes
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09 mai 2006

Jeannette en safari

This was Jeannette's first trip to Africa. It was great having Rita's mom making the big journey from Lebanon to Congo. With more than 3 weeks here she had the chance to discover a bit of this fascinating country. But no trip to Africa would be complete without a safari. We were quick to convince her that a trip to Rwanda should not be missed. So here we are, witnessing Jeannette's encounter with various wild animals. Ce fut le premièr voyage de Jeannette en Afrique. La maman de Rita a fait le grand voyage, du Liban... [Lire la suite]
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08 mai 2006

Safari - part 4

A group of Topis, one of the fastest antilopes Buffalo in control of the area Time for a Topi's nap The quiet Marabout I guess you all know those ones.... and we finish our safari with those beautiful giraffes
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07 mai 2006

Safari - part 3

Looks like he did not like we got too close In Akagera there are around 70 elephants living in various areas. The one we managed to see is actually an aggressive being that has decided to continue solo. He is reportedly dangerous if one approaches too close. He managed to charge a car with tourists when those got too close to take a photo. Luckily there were only minor injuries. An elephant eats 220 kilos of grass per day and drinks over 150 liters of water. Thank God they're herbivores! Going for his bath but... [Lire la suite]
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06 mai 2006

Safari - part 2

Gracious impalas     Impalas are abundant in Akagera. This antilope is characterized by the black and white lines on her tail. Impalas can jump up to 4 meters height and 11 meters long. They did not seem very shy to us.     Bushbucks can be massive Yawning Hippo Watching you! Hippos stay in the water all day long and come out around sunset to eat. They are herbivore even though they have intimidating teeth! At birth a baby hippo weight around 50 kg. An adult hippo... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2006

Safari - part 1

Our first encounter in the park are those two Maasai giraffes. A number of them were imported from Kenya a few years ago. Now they are well integrated in the park and there are more than 70. Still a bit shy, they move away everytime we get too close. Two zebras pass by. They're surprised by our presence. They're very shy and will not last long in this area. On the move. Baboons abound in this park. When we were at the Game Lodge, we noticed a car with a freshly broken window in the parking lot.... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2006

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park covers over 1000 sq km of savannah west of the Kagera River, which denotes the frontier with Tanzania. It was first established in 1934. The park has beautiful undulating plains with dense, broad-leafed woodland, lighter acacia woodland and rolling grassland with an extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming a sprawling wetland. The lakes draw out herds of elephant and buffalo, while the savannah typically attracts giraffe and zebra. More than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most... [Lire la suite]
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03 mai 2006

Trip to Rwanda

Rwanda. What one usually associates with this country is either the genocide (that took place 12 years ago) or the famous gorillas. We're not going to talk of any of these here. Those interested knowing more on the 1994 massacres definitely should watch the movie "Sometimes in April", an accurate and uncompromising account of the genocide. Concerning gorillas, I guess we'll soon see them in Congo and shall tell you more about this later. Rwanda is a tiny country, one of the smallest in Africa - 26,000 sq km - at the... [Lire la suite]
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02 mai 2006

Safari in Rwanda

We've just come back from a two days safari in the Akagera Park, in Rwanda. Giraffes, Hippos, Elephants, Buffalos, Monkeys, Zebras, etc were all there to be seen. We'll tell you more about it tomorrow. On revient d'un safari de deux jours au Rwanda, dans le parc de l'Akagera. Des giraffes, éléphants, buffalos, singes, zèbres et autres antilopes étaient au programme. On vous en dit plus demain.
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