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Friday December 21st, 2018

A visit to the King's Palace Museum in Nyanza in southern Rwanda included many different aspects of Rwandan history. The monarchy was dissolved in 1961 when Rwanda gained its independence from Belgium.

On the grounds of the museum is a restored hut of the king from the 1800's and the 1931 modern palace which was used until the end of the monarchy.

But one of the most interesting sites was a herd of Inyambo cattle, the traditional cows. I was told we would see long horned cows. I'm thinking like Texas longhorns. But these are really LONG horned cows. These were the king's cows and were used during royal ceremonies.
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A visit to the Kings Palace Museum in Nyanza in southern Rwanda included many different aspects of Rwandan history. The monarchy was dissolved in 1961 when Rwanda gained its independence from Belgium.
On the grounds of the museum is a restored hut of the king from the 1800s and the 1931 modern palace which was used until the end of the monarchy.
But one of the most interesting sites was a herd of Inyambo cattle, the traditional cows. I was told we would see long horned cows. Im thinking like Texas longhorns. But these are really LONG horned cows. These were the kings cows and were used during royal ceremonies.Image attachmentImage attachment

Wednesday December 19th, 2018

For 100 days in 1994 in the East African country of Rwanda, there was a slaughter of human life.... men, women and children. It was the Hutu killing the Tutsi and Batwa. The death toll number ranges from 500,000 to 1,000,000.

Today there are eight national memorial sites across the country. I've had the opportunity to visit two of them. The first site I visited was the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. Here 250,000 people are buried in mass graves. The Centre does an excellent job telling the story. It is heart breaking and gut wrenching.

The second memorial I visited, was in Murambi. Here more than 50,000 people of all ages who fled to what they believed was safety, were killed. They were buried in mass graves which were then covered up to hide them from the international community.

There was a section in the Kigali Centre which included other genocides from throughout the world. Interestingly, a part of that covered the atrocities of the wars in the Balkans, including Kosovo.
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Monday December 17th, 2018

Last safari post. Hyena, hippo, giraffe, eland and vervet monkey. All from Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. What a great experience!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday December 17th, 2018

The African Buffalo, also known as the Cape Buffalo, is one of the "Big Five. It is known to be very dangerous. But it's predator, those cute little lions, will kill them for food. Normally it will take several lions to bring one Buffalo down. And when they are finished eating, the vultures take over. ... See MoreSee Less

The African Buffalo, also known as the Cape Buffalo, is one of the Big Five. It is known to be very dangerous. But its predator, those cute little lions, will kill them for food. Normally it will take several lions to bring one Buffalo down. And when they are finished eating, the vultures take over.Image attachmentImage attachment

Sunday December 16th, 2018

When I saw the first elephant on our safari, I admired its tusks. This picture really showcases the ivory color against the green of the tree. Did you know that about 30,000 elephants are slaughtered for their ivory each year?

That thought reminded me of a sign I saw in Kampala, Uganda.
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When I saw the first elephant on our safari, I admired its tusks. This picture really showcases the ivory color against the green of the tree. Did you know that about 30,000 elephants are slaughtered for their ivory each year?
That thought reminded me of a sign I saw in Kampala, Uganda.Image attachment

Saturday December 15th, 2018

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kenya. It's name comes from the Maasai people who are the ancestral inhabitants of the area.

One reason for the reserve's popularity is the abundance of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Here are some of my best pictures of those three animals taken during the three days we spent on this reserve.
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The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kenya.  Its name comes from the Maasai people who are the ancestral inhabitants of the area.  
One reason for the reserves popularity is the abundance of lions, leopards and cheetahs.  Here are some of my best pictures of those three animals taken during the three days we spent on this reserve.Image attachmentImage attachment

Saturday December 15th, 2018

There was no internet on our four day safari. I will be uploading some pictures and posts over the next couple days of this tremendous experience!!

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to many baboons. Did you know that baboons form large troops? Sometimes these troops are made up of dozens and sometimes they are in the hundreds.

It was the end of the day when this troop of around 30 baboons came down the road toward our van. Quite the sight!!
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Wednesday December 12th, 2018

First day out on our four day safari. Visited Lake Nakuru National Park. This park opened in 1961. Did you know the first recorded safari as we know it was in 1836? Its purpose was to observe and record wildlife and landscapes. On our safari, we're recording them through photos. Here are some from the first day. ... See MoreSee Less

First day out on our four day safari. Visited Lake Nakuru National Park. This park opened in 1961. Did you know the first recorded safari as we know it was in 1836? Its purpose was to observe and record wildlife and landscapes. On our safari, were recording them through photos. Here are some from the first day.Image attachmentImage attachment

Monday December 10th, 2018

A day visiting the Nairobi National Museum. Very interesting museum. So glad we visited.

Does anyone remember Friederike Viktoria Gessner? Probably not. Anyone remember Elsa the Lioness? Ah ha!! Yes, Friederike is Joy Adamson of Born Free.

One area of the museum is dedicated to her work. I was captivated!!!
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A day visiting the Nairobi National Museum. Very interesting museum. So glad we visited.
Does anyone remember Friederike Viktoria Gessner? Probably not. Anyone remember Elsa the Lioness? Ah ha!! Yes, Friederike is Joy Adamson of Born Free.
One area of the museum is dedicated to her work. I was captivated!!!Image attachment

Sunday December 9th, 2018

A flight today from Kampala, Uganda to Nairobi, Kenya. Will be in Kenya for a week with the safari starting on Tuesday for four days.

I'm back in Uganda later on this trip. Hopefully I'll get to see more of their national bird, the Crested Crane. The picture below was taken at Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi.
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A flight today from Kampala, Uganda to Nairobi, Kenya.  Will be in Kenya for a week with the safari starting on Tuesday for four days.  
Im back in Uganda later on this trip.  Hopefully Ill get to see more of their national bird, the Crested Crane.  The picture below was taken at Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi.
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