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Day 10: Driving to Kigali, Rwanda

Today we said goodbye to Uganda and headed into Rwanda! Although Uganda was amazing, it was interesting to see the immediate differences between the two countries as we crossed the border. The first thing I noticed was the cleanliness. Rwanda has extremely strict laws surrounding public aesthetics. For example, here, plastic bags are banned to…

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Days 11 & 12: Kigali, Rwanda

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Day 10: From Uganda to Rwanda

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Day 9: Lake Bunyoni

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Day 7: Tekera’s Sports Day!

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Day 6: AFRIpads & Tekera Resource Centre in Masaka, Uganda

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Days 3-5: Safari & Chimp Tracking!

[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Yesterday we had the amazing opportunity to embark on a safari! It was an early rise at 5:30 am to make it onto the safari trucks for 6:30, just in time for sunrise. Immediately, in…

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Day 2: Sawa World & a Craft Market

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Day 1: An afternoon with AFFCAD in Bwaise

[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] We woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise over the misty valley that surrounds Kampala. As the capital of Uganda, Kampala has a population of over 2 million and a massive wealth disparity. Driving…

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