The Cultural Attractions found in Rwanda.
Rwanda, a small country surrounded by land is one gifted with quite a lot when it comes to Mother Nature. It has an abundance of sights and sounds that come from people, wild and birdlife that are sure to leave you fascinated. The land of a thousand hills as it is also known carries a rich though sad history about its past during the Genocide of 1994.Famous for its Mountain Gorillas in its Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda has managed to make it to the top of many people’s safari destinations which has also helped put to market its tourism. It has a wealthy cultural history that can be seen both physically and heard from tales told by the elders and also in their Museums. Rwanda has done so much to protect its cultural heritage like building a number of places where artifacts that date back to the ancient times are placed so that both the nationals and foreigners can get a chance to see and hear about them.
The Rwandan Genocide Memorials.
One might mistake these to be more of historical than cultural sites however, it is a little bit of both. These sites hold memories, remains and belongings of millions that lost their lives during the dark times of the 1994 Rwandan genocide triggered by racial and tribalism mentalities. However, there has been a remarkable change since the past events and this has seen has seen the rise of quite a number of memorial museums where different people, among them survivors of the brutal history can go to reflect, grieve and remember those they lost to the genocide.
The Ndaba Rock.
This rock is one of the greatest historical sites in Rwanda. It is only two hours away from the Kigali City and it attracts foreigners and locals too. The Ndaba Rock is a legendary rock said to be dripping with honey used in the past to attract the locals that surrounded the forest. Among these was Ndaba, a gluttonous hunter who is believed to have disappeared at the rock’s bottom in the honey basin. Legend also has it that before his death, Ndaba’s fellows lowered rope that he was meant to use when climbing up after collecting honey into the pots. Greedy as he was, he ate most of it while the other hunters waited. When he had had enough, it was too late since they were long gone thus in an attempt to climb up he tripped and fell, hitting his head on a rock that killed him. The rock also has a beautiful waterfall that takes your breath away.
The Iby’iwacu Cultural Village.
Located in Musanze, this village has a lot of information, tangible and intangible that will give you a vivid description and help you envision on of what kind of culture Rwanda has. It is a place open to all especially tourists that are on and or from their gorilla tracking adventure. Here performances from ex-poachers, blacksmiths, witchdoctors, traditionalists and dancers are done to entertain you. If you are lucky. Get to also witness how the local Rwandan community officiates their wedding ceremonies.
The Nyamata Cultural Museums.
These museums hold so much history on the Rwandan values and community, the kingship of Rwanda and the ancient colonial times. Here, embracing guests is regarded as an indicator of luck –good luck.
Rwanda is very rich in culture that you simply can’t exhaust all the places that tell a story about the Banyarwanda people. Also get time and visit the Museum of Natural History, the Utubindi twa Rubona, the Ethnographic Museum, the Urutare Rwa Ngarama, the Ryamurari, the Royal Residence of King Mutara111 Rudahigwa, the Mimuri and the Museum of Rwanda Ancient History.