PHOTOS: Uncovering Rwanda's Enormous Tourism Potential


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The deceased was reportedly ambushed by one Willy who speared him in the cheek on his way from the market where he had been vending popcorns leading to his death on the way to Nyakibale Hospital.

In a related development, the Kisoro Police are investigating circumstances under which a twenty-eight year old man died at a friend’s house.

The deceased Matayo Mukiiza, a resident of Kashija Village in Nyabwishenya Sub County, Kisoro District died at Ntungamo Trading Center at the home of his friend, Gerald Ayebare, 28 with whom he had spent the night.

It’s reported that Matayo vomited so much before he died which raised suspicions that he could have been poisoned.

Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson, Elly Maate said investigations were initiated and Gerald Ayebare had been arrested to help Police in the case.

In Kabale, Police is investigating circumstances under which a person died after being served with locally brewed alcohol.

The deceased, Karimunda Kibondo a resident of Karujabura cell, Kitumba Sub County, Kabale district was found dead in his house over the weekend after reportedly consuming a locally processed gin commonly known as mujakure from one of the bars in that.

Karimunda had spent the night alone at his home while his wife was attending to a sick child in Rugarama hospital.

nurse sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 150%;”>Ahead of the much-anticipated gorilla naming ceremony commonly known as ‘Kwita Izina’ in the Rwanda speak, Rwanda Development Board organised a one-week caravan tour in a bid to showcase visitors various tourist hotspots across the nation.

Rwanda proved it’s a force to reckon with as travellers felt the pull of history and ancient culture.

The sight of the traditional ‘Agaseke’ basket, commonly referred to as the ‘peace basket’ due to its significance in the traditional marriage ceremonies, enabled visitors to connect easily to Rwanda’s cultural heritage.

According to one of the residents, at least 6 baskets of the kind – full of treasures; are customarily handed to the bridegroom’s home as a sign of love and respect by the bride’s family.

Inside Musanze cave where many Rwandans sought refugee during genocide in 1994

For hundreds of years, some tourist spots such as Mt Muhabura, have stood at the same area and been touched by the same emotions, giving travellers rich historical and cultural experiences.

The magnificent view of Mt Muhabura’s highland and the lush tea plantations in Musanze are a strong reminder of the country’s resilience and affirm that human societies have flourished in Rwanda despite dark chapters in the country’s history.

“For a very long time, people in America and Europe thought Rwanda was nothing but a country of bloodshed. But the whole face of the country has changed. There is a lot to see while in Rwanda, ranging from the hospitable locals to the culture and tourist attractions,” said a journalist from Russia.

The darkness, coldness and quietness of the 2-kilometre stretch inside Musanze cave gives one a strong feel of modern cave tourism – a new world, a new paradise.

Tourists’ faces beamed with joy and blessedness as they explored the caves for enjoyment of the activity and physical exercise.

Artificial lighting and other aids allow tourists to experience the cave with minimal inconvenience.

Mt Muhabura remains a key tourist attraction hotspot in Rwanda

Located in Musanze district in the northern part of the country, the caves, which according to one of the tour guides were formed as a result of volcanic eruption, are valuable for researchers interested in studying details of past climatic conditions.

People used to seek sanctuary in these caves during genocide.

The sight of the caves evoke memories of the 1994 horror in which at least one million people mainly Tutsi died at the hands of the brutal Hutu leader, Juvenal Habyarimana’s regime.

An intimate connection to Rwanda’s cultural heritage was provided by the exhilarating cultural exhibition in Musanze district where locals showcased food items, traditional dances, wear and other ways of life.

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Tourists at a cultural exhibition in Musanze

The twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera form another beautiful sight in the northern part of the country when viewed from a raised point.

“It’s a good experience seeing the beauty of the country which everyone thought was in shambles because of the incidents of 1994. Rwanda has indeed transformed in a short period of time,’’ added Jacques, a tourist from France.

Rwanda will on July 1 mark a decade since the Kwita Izina ceremony was initiated in 2005 as part of the efforts by the country to conserve the rare species of animals –gorillas which before then were being endangered.

The treasured ‘Agaseke’ basket plays a critical role in the Rwanda traditional marriage ceremonies

A total of 18 baby gorillas from different families are expected to be given names.

The traditional ceremony dates way back when Rwandan families after 7 days would come together to give names to the new born babies and the concept was adopted to be used for the gorillas which are so important to the economy of the land locked country.

Inside Musanze cave


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