5 Reasons We Are Visiting Rwanda With Kids
We’ve been talking about the right time to be more adventurous with our family holidays. BC (Before Children not Before Christ although sometimes it feels that long ago) we travelled extensively. We trekked in Nepal for our honeymoon, we explored Thailand and Cambodia, we stayed in hostels in Iceland and visited places just for the weekend.
Our trips since the children have been more about Adjusting our Expectations and whilst we’ve had some brilliant trips, it’s time to push the boundaries a little. I’m 40 this year and it has been praying on my mind; I even did a 40 Before 40 list! So a more adventurous trip it is, but why Rwanda?
When you travel with Kids safety becomes one of your main priorities and Rwanda is one of the safest countries not just in Africa but in the World. In is now 20 years since the genocide destroyed the Country and violent crime is now near nonexistent. Thankfully terrorist threats have had no place in Rwanda and long may that continue.
To Teach Rugby
We are going to spend a week with a charity Friends of Rwandan Rugby and then explore Rwanda. Friends of Rwandan Rugby was established in 2001 by Emma Rees (at the time a VSO volunteer teacher) who introduced the game to students with 2 balls and sand filled socks to mark the pitch.
The role for sport in healing wounds left from social conflict and upheaval is well recognised and Rugby is a powerful sport for building trust & fostering shared experience. It wasn’t played in the country pre-genocide and Rugby is being used to recreate the the unity that was destroyed by the events of the early 90’s.
FORR’s mission is to promote reconciliation through sport, using rugby to build trust, friendships and foster shared experiences on the rugby field.
During the weeks teaching tour we will have the opportunity to meet some incredible kids and I hope mine learn a lot from them.
My husband has history with Africa. He spent 6 years in Zambia as a child as his father was a missionary. Africa is in his blood and we have always wanted to take the kids to Africa and start their love affair with the continent.
To take the kids on a Safari. I’ve wanted to do this for a while but have felt they were a bit young. Safari is possible in very small groups in Rwanda and so we could do this as a family. After acquiring lions last year, and rhinos this year, Akagera National Park is set to become a Big Five safari destination. There are also river boat cruises, which means it is possible to see crocodiles and hippos.
There is not only Gorilla tracking (although the kids have to be 15, I’m going to try and find a way for us to do it!) there are chimpanzees and monkeys to see too. If the kids have the patience we can go bird watching, take nature hikes, and maybe even do some water sports at Lake Kivu!
NB: I have not been sponsored to write this post in anyway. I’m just explaining why we are going!
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