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Into the wild

Five years ago, Michael Savage arrived at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport with an open mind and a bucket list to tick off. He always wanted to see the rare mountain gorillas of Rwanda and made his way to the landlocked East African country to fulfil his dream.

Michael was unsure what condition he’d find the mountainous country in, considering it was still recovering from the tragic effects of the genocide in 1994, in which almost one million Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days.

Michael flew into Kigali on a modern Rwandair flight and touched down in a contemporary airport. A good first impression. He hopped into a taxi with a courteous local driver, and discovered where the positions of power now lie.

“Whenever I visit a developing country, I like to build rapport with the local taxi drivers by dishing out on the corrupt local police. To my surprise,

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