Visits to the gorillas can be arranged as an add-on at the end of the visit but should be booked by 1st of September as permits are limited

The additional cost for this visit is £850



The 2014 Malcolm Bown Memorial Marathon attracted UK runners again this year, as in previous years

They’re off! The start of the Malcolm Bown Memorial Marathon in Rwamagana on 23 February 2014

Race director, Gill East, and Robyn Allardice-Bourne during their 10k run in Rwanda

The 10k runners and walkers, who took part in the Malcolm Bown Memorial 10k in Rwamagana, eastern Rwanda: Janice Blackwell, Peter Munro, Ann Taylor, Jim Farrand, Msaada Chairman: Robyn Allardice-Bourne, Howard Povey, Gill East, race director, and David Zackheim, Msaada treasurer




Chris, Jez, Tom and Toby, who completed the half-marathon in 2014


The start of the 2015 Malcolm Bown Memorial Rwanda Challenge Marathon is captured by a cameraman from Rwandan national television

The UK visitors, who attended the 2015 Malcolm Bown Memorial Marathon, at the start of the 10k walk





Peter Munro visited the gorillas in the Virunga National Park with Msaada

I visited the Volcanoes National Park, home of the Rwandan mountain gorillas made famous by Diane Fossey, in February 2014.  Rwanda has about 50% of the world population of these magnificent animals.  

After our briefing we drove the short distance to our drop-off point and then walked a couple of miles to the place where we crossed the dry stone wall which surrounds the park.  A few hundred yards in our guide told us that we would leave our day packs with our porters alongside a track and as we were sorting things out “our” family of gorillas, a silverback, his three wives and three nippers strolled past.  We followed them for the rest of the visit, getting up really close.  At one point the silverback wandered past no more than arms length from me.  During the day another small family joined up with the others and so we had 10 to watch and film.

The rangers, who speak gorilla, know where each family has bedded down for the night and so they know where to take their group in the morning.  The chance of finding a family must therefore be close to 100%.

This is a unique opportunity to see these magnificent animals in the wild.  Indeed you will never see a mountain gorilla in a zoo as they do not survive captivity.  You can read more about the park and your day with the gorillas by following the link

From there you will be taken to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu which is on the western border of Rwanda. Lake Kivu is Rwanda's largest and the sixth biggest in Africa.  Gisenyi is a former colonial beach resort of note where you can take boat trips, go cycling along the lakeshore or simply relax for a couple of days before driving back to Kigali for your flight home.

This is not a cheap trip but for me it was worth every penny.  

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