Top Things To Do On Rwanda Layover

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Rwanda ? when you hear this word what is the first thing that comes to your mind maybe Hotel Rwanda , A movie shot in the 90s which featured the horrible massacre which happened in Rwanda .But things have changed , time has changed and so has Rwanda .Over the years The capital city Kigali has earned the reputation of being cleanest city in whole continent .The country Rwanda itself is known for being the safest country in Africa.

Top Things To Do On Rwanda Layover

1.) Kigali memorial centre

Kigali memorial centre

Pay your respects by visiting Kigali memorial centre. Its not going to be a pleasant experience but i believe you should understand what the people of Rwanda experienced for 100 horrible days in 1994.The genocide museum will take you back to 1994 letting you know what happened.Entry is free however you can donate some money if you like .

2.) The Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial

Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial

This is another important piece of history .Just before the massacre started n 1994 , Un had its soldiers protecting the President of Rwanda in this simple house in Kigali.The Hutu tribe attacked them and slaughtered them.The Bullet holes in the house say a lot about what happened that mighty day.This too can be a little disturbing but because of this attack UN had to withdraw and the Genocide couldn’t be stopped.

3.) Climb Mount Kigali

Things to in Climb Mount Kigali

 

Whenever i have a layover in Kigali , this is what i do.I get up early in the morning and go hiking Mount kigali .The view from the top is beautiful .

4.)Moto Taxi

Moto Taxi in Rowanda

If you want to travel around Kigali , the best way is to ride on a Moto taxi.
They are cheap , fast and Dangerous.

5.)NYAMIRAMBO

Top Things To Do On Rwanda Layover

 

This is Kigali’s Muslim district .I love wandering around the streets of Nyambirambo.There is so much happening here from people selling food to Clothes, from having fights to loving each other , this neighborhood is full of drama .

6.)Bourbon cafe.

Bourbon cafe.

Bourbon café is located inside the Union Trade Centre in the centre of town and with beautiful patio views of the city .It is a great hangout for everyone. They serve traditional Rwanda tea, which should be a must try along with some Samosas.

7.)Papyrus Club

Papyrus Club

One of my favorite spot in the city .This small little restro club is located on hilltop .It gives you the best views of the Kigali.Sip a Local beer and mesmerize yourself in the beauty of Kigali.They also have small club downstairs .

8.) Gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking in Rowanda

This was a dream of mine and still is as i couldn’t really make it .But this is the reason why most of the tourists come to Rwanda .Gorillas share 98 percent of our DNA and are only found in 3 countries: Rwanda being one of them .It can be a 3day or day trip whichever suits your itinerary .Well unlike other places you cant touch or hold animals in fact you cant even get close to them .The cost would be around 800 to 1000 USD$ but its worth it .

9.)Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

Just 2 hours from Kigali is the beautiful Lake Kivu .It’s a good day trip from Kigali and gives you an idea of how people live in villages in Rwanda .The drive is serene so make sure to have your camera handy.
Lake Kivu eco lodge {YVKE } is a self owned eco lodge, located on the Lake Kivu shores. The eco lodges is constructed from local materials and possess a splendid scenic view on lake Kivu. They also provide barbecue service, boat tour and swimming pool.

10.)Eat local Delicacy

Eat local Delicacy of rowanda

Delicacies such as roasted goat ‘nyama choma’ is served with tasty potatoes named ‘Ibirayi’.This a must try if you are a meat eater.

11.)Local Beer

Local Beer of Rowanda

This is something which i really like to do in every new country i visit .Kigali has 2 famous beers “Primus”and “Virunga “, the latter one is difficult to get but i prefer it.

12.)Hotel des Mille Collines – Hotel Rwanda

Hotel des Mille Collines – Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda should certainly be on your list of things to do and see while in Kigali either by spending the night or having a meal or drink. take a few pictures and maybe even hear a story from the staff  of the  Spring of 1994 when the genocide happened.
It’s not like the hotel you saw in movie because the movie was shot in small hotel somewhere in south Africa but yes this is the hotel where the horrific story took place in 1994.

History Of Rwanda

History Of Rwanda

From April to July 1994, members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east-central African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority
This is how it all started.
.On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying Habyarimana and Burundi’s president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down over Kigali, leaving no survivors. (It has never been conclusively determined who the culprits were. Some have blamed Hutu extremists, while others blamed leaders of the RPF.) Within an hour of the plane crash, the Presidential Guard together with members of the Rwandan armed forces (FAR) and Hutu militia groups known as the Interahamwe (“Those Who Attack Together”) and Impuzamugambi (“Those Who Have the Same Goal”) set up roadblocks and barricades and began slaughtering Tutsis and moderate Hutus with impunity. Among the first victims of the genocide were the moderate Hutu Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and her 10 Belgian bodyguards, killed on April 7.
The mass killings in Rwanda quickly spread from Kigali to the rest of the country, with some 800,000 people slaughtered over the next three months. During this period, local officials and government-sponsored radio stations called on ordinary Rwandan civilians to murder their neighbors.
Credits History.com

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