5 Days Rwanda Cultural Tour
The 5 Days Rwanda Cultural Tour leads you to the most prominent and attractive Rwanda’s cultural sites that include the famous genocide memorials, a cultural trip to the pygmies (Batwa) to understand the history of Rwanda get to know about the notable recovery from the tragedy of the 1994 Genocide. The culture of Rwanda is uniquely varied. Unlike many other countries in Africa, Rwanda has been a unified state since pre-colonial times, populated by the Banyarwanda people who share a single language and cultural heritage. This 5 Days Rwanda Cultural tour gives you an opportunity to understand and associate with the cultural setup of Rwanda and the turbulent history of the land of Thousand Hills.
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5 Days Rwanda Cultural Tour Highlights
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, The Capital of Rwanda
On your arrival at the airport, you will be met by safari guide/driver from Africa Safari Journeys to start your 5 Days Rwanda Cultural tour with a briefing and thereafter be transferred to the hotel for a rest from the long hours’ journey trip.
Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel or Kigali Marriot Hotel
Meal plan: Half Board
Day 2: Kigali City tour and Visit to Gisozi Genocide Memorial Center
After enjoying an early morning chilly breakfast, you will be picked to start off your day with a guided tour at the Gisozi (Kigali) Genocide Memorial site as you learn more about the real experience of the 1994 genocide from the storytellers. The Gisozi genocide memorial site is the final resting place where more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide were buried in Rwanda. Later on, you will take on a City tour in Kigali, visiting the old town of Nyamirambo, the new handicraft village, the Batwa pottery and dance center, and the Kimironko fruits. And then later you will be transferred to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Gorillas / Kigali Serena hotel
Meal Plan: FullBoard
Day 3: Transfer from Kigali to Musanze (Ruhengeri) – Cultural Visits en-route
On this day in the morning, take your sumptuous breakfast, and start off your 3rd day of the cultural tour with a memorial visit to Ntarama Church, where thousands of Rwandan people were killed during the 1994 genocide. On this visit to the Ntarama church, learn more about the notable recovery from the genocide and the efforts undertaken by the local people and international human rights agencies to reunite the ethnic groups of Rwanda.
Later, we continue our cultural tour with a trip to Nyamata Church, where more 2,500 people were as well murdered still during the genocide. The church is also closely associated with the barbaric treatment of women during the genocide, and you’ll learn more about the incidences of mass rape, brutalization, and even the horrific use of HIV as a weapon of genocide.
Our driver/guide will further lead you to the village of Mayange, where you will be taken on a guided tour of the Reconciliation Village, learning about how the healing process between victims and perpetrators is taking place to recover from the 1994 Genocide memories and trauma.
In the afternoon, we believe you will be hungry now, well we will have lunch with the locals before continuing with our tour of the Reconciliation Village with visits to facilities such as the school and health centres, the local plantations, and an art gallery. after which will now head on with the journey to Musanze (Ruhengeri) for overnight stay.
Meal plan: Full Board
Day 4: A Trip in Musanze, Later Transfer to Lake Kivu
Wake up to a chilly amazing breakfast prepared by the locals, as you prepare to visit the world’s famous Imbabazi Orphanage where Rosamond Halsey Carr and her staff cared for more than 400 Rwandan orphanages. While the orphanage was closed down by the Rwandan government, you can still visit the homestead and roam its grounds as you learn more about the author of ‘Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda’. You’ll have lunch at the Serena Lake Kivu, and in the afternoon you can pay a visit to a local fishing village as well as the hot springs.
Dinner and overnight will be in Gisenyi, Rwanda’s largest port city which sits on the shores of Lake Kivu giving you the opportunity to both explore the quaint colonial town and (if time allows) even go for swimming in the fresh waters of the Lake Kivu
Day 5: Cultural Visit to the Nyanza Palace (King’s Palace) & Transfer Back to Kigali
On an early morning, wake up to the cool breeze of the waters and take breakfast, prepare afterwards and get transferred to Nyanza, the historical seat of the ancient Rwandan kings and visit the Palace, then drive to Butare, Rwanda cultural center and visit the National Museum. Later in the day, set off for a scenic drive back to Kigali reaching early enough to do a final tour the city as you visit the local markets of Nyamirambo, Kimironko, and craftsmen, then arrange your flight plans.
That Marks the end of your 5 Days Rwanda Cultural Tour, we hope you enjoyed the tour with us. African Safari Journeys wishes you a safe journey back home. If you would hope to stay for more days in Rwanda, we wish you a nice stay.