Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rwanda: Day Ten LAKE KIVU

WHAT. A. DAY!!!!!
Today started a little bit somber.  We got to the school to catch the bus to Kivu and we found out that overnight the pastor and president of the school had suddenly and unexpectedly died.  What a blow.  He was amazing (we actually were supposed to have a meeting about Gap Year this week).  He had a beautiful heart for Rwanda and the people of Rwanda and his vision for how the Lord was going to use him and the church and school was so pure and ambitious.  Sad for his family both family family and school/church family!

But, we headed to Kivu (I'm sure they were glad to have us all out of their hair while they mourned).  It was a LONG ride, but so beautiful--we drove through the Rwandan hills I love!  They call Rwanda the Land of a Thousand Hills and I think we drove up and down nearly all of them today.  Kivu was beautiful!  We boated out to Bat Island where there are over 4 million bats living--HUGE bats!  It was so fun!  We hiked to the top and the view was gorgeous!  After our hike down we hopped in the lake and it felt SO GOOD!  Bat Island may be the highlight of our trip--it is so far for sure!
Not posed.
Posed.
Bats.  Those are the bats.  They sound JUST LIKE the birds in the movie, "The Birds."  They were so big!  I couldn't believe it!!!
The bats again.
Shelley & the twins after their hike up the mountain (volcano).
Swimming in Lake Kivu!

1 comment:

AfriBats said...

Would you add your bat photo as a citizen-science observation to the AfriBats project on iNaturalist?:
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/afribats

AfriBats will use your observations to better understand bat distributions and help protect bats in Africa.

Please locate your picture on the map as precisely as possible to maximise the scientific value of your records.

Many thanks!

PS: these are straw-coloured fruit bats (Eidolon helvum)