Fog in the valleys of Rwanda at sunrise

When I went to Rwanda I knew the gorilla trek would be one of the coolest experiences of my life, but I didn’t expect another experience that would be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The photos and video don’t even come close to doing it justice of course, but I wanted to share it with you.

If you didn’t know (I didn’t before I found out I was going there and did some research) that Rwanda is called the land of a thousand hills because most of the country is green rolling hills. The land is very fertile, and I could’t believe how they literally farm all the way up the mountains. I have no idea how they can stand let alone farm on those steep hills! You can see some of the green hills with crops all the way up to the top in the video.

I was surprised by how beautiful Rwanda was. Since the country is mostly rolling hills, there’s always a good view almost anywhere you go. We stayed at the Urban CityBlue Hotel and the view from their restaurant is AMAZING.

Our last day in Rwanda, we had to leave the hotel really early (think 4 am) to take our little bus on a 2-3 hour drive to Volcanoes National Park for our gorilla trek. While I attempted to sleep with my neck pillow for the first hour, when the sun started to rise I was awake. And then we turned a corner and saw what I can only describe as magic. Like I literally did that thing where you blink your eyes a few times and think, is this real? I’m pretty sure my jaw was on the floor for like ten minutes because I could just hardly believe what I was looking at. Experiencing.

I don’t know if it’s this beautiful every day, but I feel like I got to see something that was beyond special. It was sunrise and the thick fog was covering the valleys. We were driving higher up on the mountains above the fog. Under all of that fog are people, houses, farms.

All the people you see us whizzing by on the side of the road are people walking to work. A lot of people walk anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour to get to work, every day.

See the video below or watch it HERE on my YouTube channel. I recommend watching the video full screen in 1080p for the full effect. You can change the setting on the bottom right where you see the gear and red HD button.

More posts about Rwanda:

Photo Diary from Rwanda

Why I Went to Rwanda

How kate spade new york is Changing the Game of Social Enterprise


Photo and video by Meg Biram, please do not use without written consent.