Hi I’m Ulli. Welcome to Rwanda.
I’m taking you on a trip today in this country with just 13
million inhabitants, here in East Africa. Over the past 25 years, Rwanda has shown a development that is hard to imagine. A lot has happened since the new President, among other things, forbid plastic bags and introduced a nationwide cleaning day. This and much more ishappening in this country. But above all, there are the few remaining mountain gorillas here in Rwanda. The population is increasing again, and so there
are twelve groups you can visit as a tourist.You need to have a permit for that, but I’ll explain it all when I take you with me.
For we are here in the Wilderness Besate Lodge in the north of the country and it is
exciting because we are now going to see the Mountain Gorillas. We are here at the Meetingpoint where the tracking groups are divided. There are ten groups in total since there are only 96 licenses per day to see the gorillas. You are divided into groups according to your fitness, because it’s all about how far you can walk in the end. There is something decadent about it when six cars in convoy drive through the local villages to get to the meeting point, while people are waving out of their windows. But the permit to get to the gorillas costs $1,500 a person. The money comes to the rescue and breeding of the gorillas and in the end also the community: ten percent of the lodge’s income will go back to the villages and inhabitants of Rwanda. At the beginning it felt more like the Thuringian Forest than it looked like the jungle, but now we are right in the middle of the bushes in the jungle. The guides have machetes and can to clear the way for us. We did it, we’re with the mountain gorillas. One of the most emotional moments: A visit to the Genocide Museum here in Kigali. For 25 years ago, in 1994, a genocide took place in Rwanda that claimed more than a million lives and continues to shape the country to this day. Rwanda is currently attracting worldwide attention because it ranks fourth in the world in terms of equality between men and women. Wages are equal and in parliament 63 percent of the deputies are women. But for the rights of homosexuals it is still a little difficult. Although Rwanda is the pioneer country in Africa, because homosexuality is not forbidden here, it is still not welcome to be gay in public.