After much dreaming and anticipation, the day of departure on Rwanda Air a flight from Cape Town direct to Kigali was ready to leave. Crossing Africa by air is always a joy, the raw and everchanging landscape is mesmerizing and after a 6 hour flight we arrived to the twinkling lights on the rambling hills and dales that is Kigali, capital city of Rwanda. The name is pronounced Chigali, not with a hard K as its written. This we soon learned from our driver Mr Albert who fetched us from the airport and after we heard him pronouncing it that way.
Eagle View Lodge high up on a hillside overlooking this impressive city is where we started our trip to East Africa, the gorillas and golden monkeys.
We woke up to tropical gardens and new bird sounds that you hear in this part of Africa which is renowned for its unique birdlife. Urban built-up Kigali city is actually teaming with birdlife, we discovered, we were amazed at the soaring raptors over out hotel, unique sunbirds and even a hamerkop swooping down over a busy road to reach its nest in the trees.
This was a family reunion trip where our northern hemisphere relatives, and us, hailing from South Africa met midway on the Equator for some adventure with Gorilla and Golden monkey trekking high on the agenda.