It was another early start for our run to the Rwandan border – apparently one is never quite sure how long the formalities will take at this border.
The truck is ready for an early start – are we? (P1090681 DY of jtdytravels)
It was only a half hour drive from last night’s campsite to the Rwandan border. During this half hour the fog came down and it got quite cold. Leaving Uganda took no time at all but getting into Rwanda took over an hour for us all and the truck to get clearance.
In Rwanda, one drives on the right hand side of the road and this change over is only, I’m told, one of three places where this occurs at a land crossing. For interest only, this also occurs in the Euro Tunnel and somewhere in Europe/China where the two continents adjoin each other.
There is a marked difference in the reaction of kids on the street and in the fields to our passing. In Kenya their young faces light up with large toothy grins as they wave at us enthusiastically. Such spontaneity is a little less obvious in Uganda and quite noticeably different in Rwanda. I don’t know why this is but it could be partly to do with the trauma the country went through just twenty years ago when the genocide was at its height. It seems that an ‘I don’t trust anybody’ mentality prevails. I can well understand this after visiting the Genocide Museum in Kigali.
Kigali Genocide Museum (P1090689 DY of jtdytravels)
The Wall of Names (P1090699 DY of jtdytravels)
The really sad thing about this museum is that it not only portrays the Rwandan genocide but touches on other genocides of relatively recent times. We must be reminded of these atrocities, but unfortunately, mankind has not learnt from the previous insane killings. We haven’t learnt and regrettably there will be other cases in the future where these killings will occur again to meet some despots power struggle or grab for territory and riches. Can I add oil to the list? …and as the world population grows, water may well be something fought over in time to come.
Helmet wearing is compulsory for motor bike riders and just one passenger plus the driver is strictly adhered to. There are some quite modern buildings in Kigali, the capital.
Kigali city (P1090688 DY of jtdytravels)
Even traffic lights are obeyed. There are overpasses and planted traffic islands.
Well maintained traffic islands (P1090706 DY of jtdytravels)
There are rubbish bins dotted here and there with ‘Keep Kigali Clean’ painted on them. There are some very steep hills in town but the roads are in good repair, with edges strong and continuous enough to have a white a line painted along them.
Good roads with edges! (P1090712 DY of jtdytravels)
There are around 600 Rwandan francs to the USD.
More anon David