It’s safe to say that Rwanda has my heart, especially after my visit in December 2018. It is really inspiring to see how the country has evolved over the years.
A few fun things first! Here are few words for communication in Kinyarwanda which is the native language in Rwanda.
Amakuru? – How are you?
Ni meza- I am fine.
Mwaramutse!- Good morning!
Mwiriwe!- Good afternoon!
Muzungu- White person
For most RIB readers, travelling is definitely on the top of your list. If you ever find yourself in the land of a thousand hills, this post should come handy! Here are a few amazing things to eat, see & do in Rwanda!
Pay Respect to the Victims of the 1994 Genocide at Kigali Memorial Centre
Kigali Memorial centre is one of the six centres that commemorates the Rwanda Genocide of 1994, the remains of 250,000 people were buried at the centre. This should be your first place of visit as the perspective gained from your visit will provide valuable historical, social and cultural context as you explore the country!
Stop by at a Milk Bar for Fresh Milk
Cows are important in the Rwandan culture as they symbolize prosperity and wealth. Just like Rwandans love Beans, they love Milk a lot and have a lot of milk bars where fresh and fermented milk are sold.
Fun Fact: It is a taboo to stand while drinking milk in Rwanda!
Go on A Boat Ride on Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake and the 6th largest lake in Africa. It is situated in Gisenyi which is a 3 hours’ drive from Kigali (The Country’s capital). The serenity and beauty of this lake are second to none. Also, there’s a small hot spring on one side of the lake, the Locals go here, they play music over loudspeakers and you can opt for a unique (cheap) body massage.
Try Rwandan Beans at Tamu Tamu Resturant
Rwandans are considered to be the highest consumers of Beans. The name “Tamu Tamu” means Delicious Delicious and this restaurant truly lives to that! If you ever want to try the great Rwandan delicacies especially their Beans, you should definitely visit this restaurant and make sure you let me know what you think.
Grab a Cup of Coffee at Question Coffee
If you are interested in an immersive, one-of-a-kind coffee experience, they also offer an amazing Coffee master class!
See the Big 5 at Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in North Eastern Rwanda, at the country’s border with Tanzania. It is known as the biggest park in Rwanda which is dominated by swamps and small lakes. All the water sources work together to create a piece of spectacular scenery, Akagera National Park also offers a great taste of wildlife.
A few notable things/ great things about Rwanda
- Nylon Bags are not allowed in Rwanda! Everything you buy is put into paper bags which is very eco-friendly.
- Rwanda is so clean!!! This fact cannot be over-emphasized. I did not find dirt on the road, the road cleaners were always working.
- Motorcycles are the most popular (cheaper) means of transportation. You can easily flag down a moto or request for one just like uber via the safe motos app.
- Rwanda is a cold country! Neither my Airbnb apartment nor my hotel had fans or air-conditioner in them, this is to tell you how cold it is there.
- Transportation and feeding is quite affordable here most especially the food. You get great value for your money!
- Lastly, I have to point out that it is affordable to visit Rwanda and it is a great destination!
Diusor Odiakosa is a Tour Manager, a travel enthusiast, a Nigerian explorer and a travel blogger at diusorodiakosa.com where she shares her travel experiences as well as tips for travelling in her bid to promote tourism in her country, Nigeria.
She is currently on a journey to visit 25 Nigerian states before she turns 25 while still exploring other parts of Africa! She’s always happy to help people plan travel, especially with destinations within Nigeria and Africa!
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