Musanze is the best place to visit to go Gorilla Trekking. It is has very beautiful views of the thousand hills of Rwanda. Just over the hills in the photo below is Uganda.
This is a once in the lifetime opportunity that I highly recommend. Rwanda is very well known for their gorillas, so you will be able to find a lot of information and testimonies about it. I made the mistake of not going gorilla trekking. However, people in the group I was with did go on the trek. They said they were led through a jungle with a guide. The guides know exactly where the gorillas are, so they will guide right up to them!
This place is the best. That is not an exaggeration. Not only is there beautiful art everywhere you look in this gallery, but it also has an amazing café. I got to know the artists and owners in the short time I was there and have kept in touch since! A truly incredible experience!
While it is important to go to the traditional Rwandan buffets, I recommend trying this restaurant in your trip. If you like Chipotle, this restaurant is very similar. It sells burritos that you can customize to your liking. I recommend adding the garbanzo beans.
The Belgian Memorial is a memorial for the Belgian Soldiers that were killed in the Genocide. There is the original building and holes from the genocide. There is also a part of the memorial that explains what specifically happen there.
Hotel des Mille Collines
Known to most tourist as Hotel Rwanda, this is the hotel that kept people during the genocide. It is also has the original pool that provided water to multiple people. This place was a safe haven for many people, and is important to recognize it as such.
Go to a Coffee Plant
When I was in Rwanda, I toured Rwanda Trading Company. It is a coffee factory that produces Rwandan coffee. It started in Little Rock, Arkansas and has grown into a major supplier of Rwandan Coffee. It can be found by going to Westrock Coffee’s website. I also got the opportunity to tour a coffee field, where people sort through the beans. This is where I got my favorite souvenir; a burlap coffee bag with the logo on it.
Go to the Market
If you want to share Rwanda with your friends, get them a handmade souvenir from the market! I got so of my favorite items such as: Kitenge jacket, wood carvings, and the classic Rwandan baskets.
Go to a Tea Field
I went to Sorwathe tea factory, and it was incredible. Right when we got out of the car, we smelled the tea in the air. We went on a tour throughout the factory that went through each step of their tea process. At the end of the tour, we did my favorite thing, we drank some! We were able to drink a sample of all their teas, and Silver Tips was a crowd favorite.
Rwandan Genocide Memorial
Rwanda has a tragic history, and this memorial displays it incredibly well. This is the memorial that recognizes and honors the people that died in the 1994 genocide. Before going to Rwanda and this memorial, learn about the genocide. The genocide was a major tragedy in a beautiful country.
It is important to recognize the tragic history of Rwanda. It is also important to watch Rwanda grow in beauty and strength each day.