#72 best destination in the world

Kimironko Market

  • Bustling market in where vendors sell produce from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, while locals stock up on fruit, vegetables, and clothing

Kigali Genocide Memorial

  • Memorial that commemorates the 1994 Rwandan genocide
  • The remains of over 250,000 people are interred there
  • There visitor centre for those wishing to understand the events leading up to the genocide
  • The Centre is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place in which the bereaved could bury their family and friends

Inema Art Center

  • Founded in 2012 by brothers and self-taught painters
  • Inema Arts Centre’s mission is to spur creativity for personal, social, and economic growth
  • Specializing in contemporary African art, Inema’s artists produce painting, sculpture, and mixed media expressions
  • Also showcases jewelry, African linens and leatherworks made by women at the onsite Nziza Workshop

Kakira Imigongo Cooperative

  • Art created from cow dung creating a unique art form found only in Rwanda, called imigongo
  • The geometric art is composed of vibrant colors sourced from natural materials such as mustard yellow, red from the natural soil, white from kaolin or white clay, and black from the ashes of banana peels

Nyamata Genocide Memorial Centre

  • Former church that commemorates the Rwandan genocide of 1994
  • Many Tutsi people gathered there, as churches were considered a place of safety
  • About 10,000 people gathered there and locked themselves in
  • Most of the remains have been buried but clothing and identity cards of people as either Tutsi or Hutu are still displayed

The Rock of Kamegeri

  • According to local legend, in the late 18th to early 19th century, a man named Kamegeri suggested to his king that the rock should be used to punish criminals, by heating it with firewood, and then strapping the person to the rock burn to death
  • The king, pleased with the idea, ordered it to be done, but the king ordered Kamegeri himself be burnt on the rock, to rid the kingdom of a man who would suggest such a cruel idea
  • Some believe it was Mwami (“King”) Yuhi IV Gahindiro, who ruled from 1746-1853 and had a reputation for being a fair and nonviolent ruler

Congo Nile Trail

  • Stretch of dirt roads and single trails that go through jungle and farmland
  • Banana trees, coffee plantations, small fishing communities dot the landscape
  • The coastline of Lake Kivu can be viewed along the trail
  • The route goes along the divide that separates the Nile and Congo rivers
  • The track also goes through the thick Nyungwe rainforest encountering tropical birds, butterflies, chameleons, and different species of primates

Volcanoes National Park

  • First National Park to be created in Africa, declared in 1925, and intended to protect the gorillas from poachers
  • The park later became the base for the American naturalist Dian Fossey to carry out research into the gorillas living there, and she is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the attention of the international community
  • The Volcanoes National Park became a battlefield during the Rwandan Civil War, with the park headquarters being attacked in 1992
  • They did not resume again until 1999 when the area was deemed to be safe and under control


Costs

Number of Days: 19 days

Best Time To Fly: June-Sept

Airline ticket: $1,584

Seattle -> Kigali (round trip) $1,584

Food: $7/day x 19 days = $133

Entertainment/tours: $60

Airbnb/hotel: $41/day x 17 days = $697

TOTAL: $2,474

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