We have been here for more than a week now and I can tell you that Rwanda is a peculiar place. As Teal has very well documented our travels, we have done a little bit of everything. I won’t repeat everything she’s posted, just reiterate how great the safari was and what an incredible experience we had over the weekend at Akagera National Park. I had the privilege of doing a Night Game along with other 6 people here. It was very different than the Day Game, and as one of guides mentioned: “it is a game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose”, we definitely won that night and got to see leopards, hyenas, hipos, owls, and zebras. Some of these animals just come out at nights, so we were definitely lucky.
Leaving the fun adventures aside, working in Rwanda has been an adventure of its own. Trying to make a successful recommendation for our clients has been a challenging process. We have tried to get as much information as possible while being in Rwanda but it has not been easy. We have gathered contradictory information from different sources, some doubtful stats, and have had 2 meetings with the clients where we seem to have information literally “lost in translation”.
Norelga, our company, seems very happy that we’re working with them, but despite them being willing to meet with us and share quality information, I’m sensing that some things are still being left behind. Working in Rwanda has been an experience that I will not forget anytime soon. It is incredible how accessible governmental offices are, you’re one phone call away from meeting any of them within an hour of the call. They are happy to share whatever information we need and it is very clear that they highly value our help, especially because we are working with a company that is 100% Rwandan.
In just 2 days we will be delivering our final presentations with our recommendations, right now every team is working hard to wrap things up since tomorrow we have some site visits and will not be able to work all day in the project. We cannot complain about our current working location in the hotel’s terrace/pool.
Until next time…