Explore Rwanda’s Rich City and Park Day Tour Experiences
Venture into “The Land of a Thousand Hills” and be captivated by the warmth of its people as they welcome you to Rwanda. Your journey begins in the capital city of Kigali, where new buildings stand as symbols of the nation’s spirit of rejuvenation and rebirth. Rwanda, with its ancient cultures, has emerged anew since the events of 1994, when the country confronted the harsh realities of political propaganda’s effects on innocent citizens and the ensuing horrors.
Embark on a Kigali day tour to discover the memorials scattered throughout the city, a testament to Rwandans’ efforts to come to terms with the genocide and seek reconciliation. These memorial sites include the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Camp Kigali Belgian Monument, Nyanza Genocide Memorial, and Ntarama Church. Listen to the guides’ poignant stories of those who lost their lives. To learn about the city’s origins and its founder, Richard Kandt, visit his former residence, now the Museum of Natural History, which modestly showcases Rwanda’s captivating flora and fauna.
Rwanda’s cultural richness is complemented by the artistic talents of its youth, who express themselves in unique ways. The art they create reflects the vibrant spirit of Rwanda. To glimpse this artistry, explore places like the Inema Art Center, Ivuka Arts Center, and Niyo Art Gallery, which also showcase traditional music and dance forms from various tribes, as well as handcrafted treasures such as exquisite Rwandan jewelry, ethnic ornaments, and other artifacts. These centers work diligently to support children and provide livelihoods through art.
Continue your journey with an ethnic shopping spree at the Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperative, where you’ll find handcrafted items such as drums, pottery, woven baskets, tribal masks, and other treasures. Before leaving Kigali, visit the Parliament Building and The Dancing Pots, which not only exhibit unique pottery and ceramics but also celebrate the dance forms of the Batwa people.
Kigali’s strategic location allows for a short drive to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. After an unforgettable gorilla trek, explore nearby attractions like the Musanze Caves, formed centuries ago by volcanic activity in the Albertine Rift Valley.
While in the area, consider embarking on a hike up Mount Karisimbi or Mount Bisoke. These treks offer not only exhilarating adventures but also breathtaking views of the stunning reserve. Pay homage to the remarkable Dian Fossey by visiting her gravesite, a testament to her courage and dedication to preserving Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas.
To immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyles and customs of the Rwandan people, embark on a cultural tour of Iby’lwacu Village in Kinigi. Revel in the mesmerizing Intore dance forms and listen to the enchanting “gorilla songs,” performed by the Ngayabatema, also known as the Kayuku.