A dramatic entrance from Tanzania:
Lush green and red stepped slopes full of banana leaves, maize, sorghum and Irish potatoes!
People everywhere, many dressed in Sunday best, a riot of colour.
Kigali, a sophisticated capital with good roads and even traffic lights and roundabouts.
The memorial museum, a powerful reminder that it is less than 20 years since the genocide tore the country apart. Unbelievable how well the country is recovering.
The Volcanoes National Park, stunningly beautiful and as spectacular as anything else we've seen in Africa and home to the mountain gorillas. A privilege to meet the silverback Agashya and some of his family of 25!
Welcome to our Africa blog
We hope all our families and friends will log in from time to time to see how we're getting on - and just to touch base. We all know we shall miss everyone and this is one of the ways we hope to keep in touch. And, of course, we shall be logging on to Skype and emailing whenever we get the chance. This is a massive adventure for us all with a shed load of planning , but once you've fallen for Africa you just have to see more. So here we go!