Rwanda as a country is a tourist hub. Popularly known as the land of a thousand hills. People mostly visit Rwanda for its unique endemic Mountain gorillas that it shares with the neighbouring countries Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda like other African countries has a rich history, very touching and fascinating. During the city tour you get to engage a lot in the historical sites that generally define Rwanda as a country. You get to learn how Rwanda grew into what it is now. Kigali alone gives you a sample of the beautiful hills that are all over the country, the people there are very friendly and welcoming.
The driver will pick you up after your breakfast at around 09:00am. Your trip starts with the genocide memorial centre in Gisozi. Here you will learn about the genocide that happened in Rwanda back in 1994, you will get an in depth of different stories from individuals, groups and the whole story first hand.
The tools that were used are displayed, pictures of some of the people that were killed, interviews of the survivors are shown. A device can be provided that explains the pictures and items showcased, using three languages English, French and Kinyarwanda. Better yet, a tour guide that is also a staff witness is another option. There are also other genocides and holocausts that are told about that happened in different parts of the world. The tour here takes at least 1 and a half hours.
After the Genocide memorial tour, you will head to the craft centre, Caplaki in Rugunga. Here you will be spoiled for choice with all the various beautiful craft sold there. You will find crafted clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery. Wall art hangings, cutlery, household materials and a lot more, basically everything.
This is also a good place to get souvenir from, something that will always remind you of the heart of Africa, which is Rwanda. We shall thereafter have lunch at any preferred restaurant or hotel before we embark on our journey to our last stop which will be the presidential palace.
As we come to the end of our trip, we visit the famous presidential palace that served as a home to Juvenal Habyarimana and Pasteur Bizimungu during the years of 1970's until the late 1990's. The Palace holds a lot of Rwanda's history too, it also has some of the debris of the FALCON 50 presidential plane that went down on the 6th of April, 1994.
You get to learn about Habyarimana's lifestyle, his spiritual confound ways, how he was entertained in the palace and a lot more. An in-depth about his wife is also told. The architecture of the house alone is breath-taking. Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed to be taken inside the palace. The presidential palace is found in Kanombe.
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