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Archaeology Travel Guide Rwanda

Rwanda has a complex history. This is then, not only one of the best places in the world to observe mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, it also a country where visitors can pause to reflect at historic sites and memorials, as well as engage with survivors’ stories, a testament to how far Rwanda has come in 30 years on its path of reconciliation and healing. Rwanda has a rich culture. And the country welcomes international visitors to explore traditional villages, attend cultural performances, and engage with local communities to gain insights into the country’s customs, music, dance, and cuisine.

Reasons to Visit Rwanda

A troup of gorillas ly in long grass grooming each other and resting.

Responsible Tourism,

The entrance to the Kigali Genocide Memorial centre.


Black and white patterns on traditional baskets from Rwanda.

Arts & Crafts,

… and Epic Scenery.

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Interesting Things to Know About Rwanda

Rwanda’s landscape is characterized by its rolling hills, earning it the nickname ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’. The lush green terrain is both stunningly beautiful and a defining feature of the country. Rwanda is renowned for its conservation efforts, particularly in protecting mountain gorillas. The country is home to roughly a third of the world’s population of these critically endangered primates. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is one of the few places on Earth where you can go gorilla trekking. It’s an unforgettable and conservation-focused experience that allows you to get up close to these remarkable creatures.

Rwanda has a complex history, including the tragic events of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Visiting historical sites like the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, and many others throughout the country, and engaging with survivors’ stories can be a powerful and enlightening experience that highlights the country’s path towards reconciliation and healing. Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery from the tragic events of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. The country’s journey of reconciliation and development is a testament to the resilience and determination of its people.

Rwanda has a rich cultural heritage with diverse ethnic groups, including the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa. Traditional dances, music, and ceremonies play a significant role in Rwandan culture. Umuganda is a unique tradition in Rwanda where citizens come together on the last Saturday of every month for a day of community service. This practice promotes unity and social cohesion. Kinyarwanda is Rwanda’s official language, and it is widely spoken across the country. English and French are also official languages, reflecting Rwanda’s colonial history.

Rwanda is committed to eco-tourism and sustainable practices. Many lodges and tour operators in the country focus on responsible and environmentally friendly tourism. Rwanda is often cited as one of the safest and cleanest countries in Africa. The government has implemented strict cleanliness and security measures, making it a welcoming destination for travelers from around the world.

Rwanda is known for its high-quality coffee beans. Coffee plantation tours are popular among tourists who want to learn about the coffee-making process, from cultivation to production, and taste freshly brewed Rwandan coffee.

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Featured Tours of Rwanda

Red Rocks Rwanda
History, Culture & Nature

Red Rocks Rwanda tours offer a captivating journey through this East African nation known for its rich heritage and tumultuous past. Ideally suited for travellers interested in culture, history and wildlife, these tours provide an all round understanding of the country’s heritage, from its pre-colonial roots to the post-genocide era of reconciliation and growth. They are a great choice for those seeking meaningful and educational travel experiences. Our tours provide a profound and enlightening journey through a country that has overcome significant challenges to become a symbol of resilience and progress.

Historic Sites, Memorials & Museums in Rwanda

Kings' Palace Museum

Nyanza has a long history, but most recently as the site of the King’s residence until 1962 when Rwanda ceased to be a monarchy. Today the site is a museum, where visitors get a guided tour of the traditional houses occupied by the king and his court. The beehive shaped thatched houses have been faithfully reconstructed to give an idea of what the royal compound was like before the king moved into a more modern styled residence in 1932. Visitors also get to see the famous long-horned Inyambo cattle, which are descended from the king’s herd.

Volcanoes National Park

Originally established in 1925 as the Virunga National Park (formally known as Albert Cook National park during the Belgian colonial period), it was later subdivided into three national parks, that share the Virunga massif – Virunga National Park in the DRC, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park. The park is one of the few places on Earth where you can go gorilla trekking. It is also well known as the home of the golden monkeys. And where visitors come to hike five of the eight extinct volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains: Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. It was here that Diane Fossey set up her Karisoke Research Centre in 1967. After her murder in 1985, she was buried in the park.