In the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide of the early 1990s, refugees started to return home – and with them came cricket, picked up in neighbouring Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. In 2015 Alby Shale set up the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation to promote the healing and unifying effect of this team sport. The stadium on the outskirts of Kigali will be the first grass pitch for the country’s fastest-growing sport. Phase two will include facilities for free HIV testing.
Shale has now teamed up with Volcanoes Safaris to create a special six-day itinerary in Rwanda and Uganda (from $7,882) that includes staying in its stunning lodges, gorilla tracking, hiking up volcanoes, visiting community and conservation projects supported by Volcanoes Safaris and a tour of the new stadium. Ten per cent of proceeds will go to the charity.