Rwanda, a country of a thousand hills flows with milk and honey. The capital city of Rwanda is Kigali, it is considered to be the cleanest city in Africa. Rwanda is among the most developing countries in Africa with a lot of tourist attractions that many people find interesting to explore.
HERE ARE INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT IN RWANDA.
KIGALI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL SITE
The Kigali Genocide Memorial Site stands as a somber testament to one of the darkest chapters in human history. Located in the capital city of Rwanda, Kigali, this memorial site serves as a reminder of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Where over thousands of people were killed. This site helps the people who visit Rwanda to understand further the history of Rwanda and see the how far the country has come since then. And its main important role is preserving the memory of the genocide and fostering reconciliation in Rwanda.
VOLACANOES NATIONAL PARK
Volcanoes National Park is known for its rainforests, bamboo forests, and a variety of wildlife, including golden monkeys, various bird species, and forest elephants. However, the primary attraction of the park is its population of mountain gorillas. The main activity done include gorilla trekking, where 8 people track for one gorilla family in the park.
Volcanoes National Park is not only a place of natural beauty and biodiversity, but also holds historical significance, as it was the research site for a primatologist Dian Fossey, who dedicated her life to studying and conserving the mountain gorillas of the region.
THE DIAN FOSSEY TOMB
Dian Fossey was a primatologist in the 20th century. Dian Fossey’s life serves as a testament to the power of passion and dedication in the field of wildlife conservation. Her research and unwavering commitment to mountain gorillas reshaped our understanding of these magnificent creatures and inspired a new generation of conservationists. Fossey’s legacy lives on through the continued protection of mountain gorillas and the enduring message that – one person’s dedication can make a profound difference in the fight to preserve our planet’s biodiversity. Many people would like to visit her research facility and burial on the slopes of two volcanoes.
NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
Nyungwe forest is one of the largest forests in Rwanda, there are 13 kinds of primates living in the forest which is in the southwestern region of the nation. You can do nature hikes, chimpanzee tracking as well as canopy walk, where you will be rewarded with incredible views of birds, primates, flora and reptiles regardless of the activity of your interest.
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera National park is located in the eastern province, 2-3 hours away from Kigali. It is known for its savannah plains, wetlands, and lakes boasting diverse wildlife. It’s one of Central Africa’s largest protected wetlands and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. The number of animals rose and extinct species were reintroduced when the African Parks Network and the government joined together to manage the park. Swamps, savannah plains, woods, lakes, rivers, and terraced hills can all be found in Akagera National Park.
KING’S PALACE MUSEUM
The king’s palace museum is in the southern province where the last two kings reigned; King Rudahigwa Mutara III and King Musinga Yuhi V. All kingdoms were abolished due to the conflicts with Belgium invaders, the Nyanza was all that was left. It includes many pieces of Rwandan history which shows the way the King Lived back then. During the 1994 genocide, many data was destroyed and King Mutara and his wife Rosalie Gicanda were killed on the hill near the museum. This is a good place to visit in order to learn about Rwanda’s culture.
HOTEL DES MILLE COLLINES
Rwanda is famously known as “les pays des mille collines” translated to “a country of a thousand hills” because of its beautiful hills and sceneries. Hotel Des Mille Collines is the 5-star hotel that holds the history of the 2004 movie “Hotel Rwanda”. This movie is based on a hotel manager who concealed over 1200 individuals in hotel rooms during the war. Many people enjoy their stay at the hotel because of its warm welcoming services and it’s convenient location in the middle of the city center. It offers 112 clean and suitable rooms, a fancy restaurant, a fitness facility, and more. When you visit this Hotel, you leave the country with its name permanently stuck on your mind.
KIGALI CONVENTION CENTER
The Kigali Convention Center stands as a symbol of Rwanda’s remarkable transformation over the years. The Kigali Convention Center’s architecture is nothing short of awe-inspiring, the building seamlessly blends modernity with elements of Rwandan culture and tradition. Its distinctive dome-shaped structure, resembles that of a traditional Rwandan hut. It also has a 5-star hotel called Radisson Blue as well as rooms where many conferences are held. The Center transforms at nighttime where it has lights of the Rwanda’s national flag.
AKAGERA AVIATION FOR HELICOPTER TOUR
Akagera Aviation is a Rwandan aviation company that offers a range of aviation services, including helicopter tours, charter flights, and aviation training. For those who want to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Kigali and the surrounding area, Akagera aviation organizes helicopter excursions in Kigali. The price of a helicopter tour can range from $500 to $4500 depending on the route. Regardless of the path you select, you can count on enjoying stunning views of Rwanda’s 1,000 hills and the towering Virunga volcanoes.
COFEE AND TEA PLANTATION
Coffee and tea tours in Rwanda are by far the best way to have an in-depth exploration about farming activities. A trip to tea or coffee plantations, estates or factories lets you discover some of the best coffee or tea Rwanda has to offer to the world. This lets you explore the different stages of processing tea and coffee. This experience involves you exploring the harvesting stage in the garden, drying and processing till the final products that is consumed in cups. Amazingly, you may even have a taste of coffee or tea which will reward you with lots of lasting memories. Coffee and Tea tours are some of the best agricultural tour experiences you shouldn’t miss out on Rwanda safaris.
Exploring the Musanze caves in Rwanda is one of the latest additions on the menu for potential tourists going to Rwanda. When the activity was first launched in 2014, 400 visitors were received within the first two months – a great testament to Rwanda’s ability to market and attract tourists. Increased tourism activities in Rwanda have been of great economic benefit to the country. Sites like the Musanze caves allow locals in particular to showcase and sell their art crafts to tourists passing by their communities. Apart from the art crafts, the locals can also demonstrate traditional ways of living, cultures and rich history whenever an opportunity presents itself.
HIKING MOUNT KARISIMBI
Climbing Mt Karisimbi is a strenuous yet very rewarding hike, which is normally done as a complement to gorilla trekking, all done within Volcanoes National Park. The climb starts early in the morning taking 6 hours and involves navigating through the Bisoke side before reaching the first stopping place at an altitude of 3,700 meters for overnight camping before finishing off the journey the next day.
Mamba Club is a fun getaway for people looking to escape the hustle of Kigali. There is a 6-lane bowling alley, a restaurant and bar, a small swimming pool and volleyball courts. It is affordable and accessible within the city. Visit mamba club with your family and friends and have a good time with excellent cuisine and drinks served at the bar.
The Nyamata church is a place to go if you want to find out what happened before, during and after the 1994 genocide where about 10 thousand of Tutsi sought refuge in the church. Human remains and blood stains, and gunshot holes in the church are still visible to the site. The church contains a big grave that contains the remains of people who died during the war.
Huye is the home of the National University and the National Institute of Scientific Research, along with countless other revered learning centers. That makes it something like Rwanda’s answer to English Oxford, or Massachusetts’ Cambridge. It also makes it a place rich with cultural attractions. Visitors can hear tales of the old Tutsi monarchs at the National Museum of Rwanda; they can eat alongside erudite students, and they can delve into the stalls and handicraft emporiums of Huye Market.
Kibuye passes through the waters of Lake Kivu in a series of curved headlands and steep-sided bays. Surely one of the most handsome towns in Rwanda, it’s surrounded by high hills that come dressed in wisps of mist by morning and offering sweeping views of the lake waters and the islands by afternoon. Between the streets, there are some earthy little eco lodges on the shores, along with one interesting Catholic church, and a memorial to the Rwandan genocide. There’s also a smattering of empty beaches around the center.
Lake Kivu is hardly a single destination, it’s worth a special mention on its own simply because of the lots of wealth of attractions and activities it offers to travelers. Covering a vast area of more than 2,700 square kilometers, it ranges from Gisenyi in the north to the multicultural island of Ishwa in the south. Along the way, visitors will be able to spot rustic fishing villages on stilts, clusters of trademark catamaran skiffs on the water, a speckling of pretty tropical islands, and perhaps even the more modern outlines of industrious natural gas extractors above the lake.
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