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- Fitting and special memorial to the approximately 1 million victims of the 1994 genocide. There's a donation requested on entry, and it's $15 each for an audioguide, slightly on the pricey side given the short length of the recordings, but worth it for several of the exhibits. Most of the information placards are in Kinyarwanda, French and English. Take time to read them and grasp the timeline of what happened.
Ushers were very good about telling us which rooms should be avoided by small children as there are some very graphic photos of victims in a few areas, so take heed of the advice you receive as the images could easily give kids nightmares. It's necessary for adults to see it though.
A very good job overall to inter, respect, and remember the victims. You can visit and walk along the burial areas, but be sure to be respectful as it's common for survivors and families of the victims to come here and quietly reflect and pray in the background.Written 15 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Inema Art Centre is impressive with a vast array of artworks. The quality shows in the cost of the artworks which have a calming effect on visitors. Timothy and his brothers definitely have a great thing going at Inema.Written 11 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Be sure to check out the communities down the road in Mayange as well to see how far the country has come!Written 6 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Prepare to be greeted by young boys offering to guide you through the market. Likely, they will guide you to their own stalls.
The market is not that big, but the wares are diverse from produce and raw meats to tourist souvenirs.
Lots of bargaining, which is fun, but bottom line is a fair profit. Vendors try so hard to eke out even a small profit.Written 14 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We had a lovely lunch with friends at 1000 Hills. We had heard about their great views and "hot stone" steaks. The reputation is well deserved.
We were a party of 4, and 2 had the hot lava stone steak, 1 the hot lava stone barramundi, and the other chicken brochettes. It seems the hot lava stone was more effective in cooking the steak than the fish. It was actually challenging to turn the fish often enough to keep it cooking - our fish never got quite done. It worked very well for the steaks - and they were tender and delicious. We'd definitely go back again for the steak. The chicken brochettes were tasty and done perfectly. All hot stone dishes came with a side bowl of fries and a small salad - and choice of either mushroom, pepper or garlic sauce. The pepper sauce was really peppery. The mushroom sauce pretty mild, and the garlic sauce we all liked the best. The chicken brochettes came with a tasty peanut sauce.
We all greatly enjoyed our meal and the views. Will definitely make another trip our there. It's worth the drive!
We did not do a tour of the distillery on this trip.Written 28 November 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Definitely a must see when visiting Kigali! The artwork is truly incredible! Not only is it locally crafted, but there are rooms of artwork that was created at Niyo in the studio. Pacifico works with local artists to create masterpieces and to teach others how to refine their skills. He works with all ages and the art work is incredible throughout. But that is not the best part! 40% of profits go to local orphan children to help with their needs! This art gallery is hands down the best and most rewarding place to visit, browse, and buy (or donate)! You may even get to meet the artist of the artwork you love like we did! We will visit every chance we get when visiting Kigali!Written 13 December 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Similar to the Holocaust memorials, namely the death camps, this is something you have to see to truly have any sense of the horrific genocide that took place here in 1994. Hard to fathom the sheer terror the poor victims must have felt, coming to this supposed sanctuary only to be butchered. Men, women, children, you can see by the displayed bones and skills, no one was spared during the 1994 orgy of violence here.
Some displays could be difficult for young children to understand, so if you bring kids, only do so if they can be respectful, and consider explaining the meaning of the site to them beforehand so they know to be on their best behavior. This is a sacred site, and it's important everyone behave accordingly.
The tour is guided, as it must be, and while technically free, donations are greatly appreciated at the end of the tour to help with upkeep. Be mindful of your words and demeanor as there could be genocide survivors, or relatives of the victims, in the same group. Even the guides are in some cases survivors, some even sole survivors, so take great care to ask meaningful questions and reflect on what you're seeing.
Parking and bathrooms are available on sight, but bring some water to drink as it can get hot in the sun dependent on the time of year.
A must see that is on par with memorial sites associated with the Holocaust and Cambodian genocide.Written 10 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great hike at Mt.Kigali and horse riding there. It was indeed visiting this place and overlooking Kigali on top of it. Highly recommendedWritten 20 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A very moving site where 10 Belgian commandos were butchered by the genocidal mob. Entry is free and there's a guide who will show you the rooms and placards to read. There's a screening point and armed guards in place to stand watch which is nice in showing solidarity with the 10 brave men who died here in 1994 when the killing started. Not a place to bring small kids.
The building has been left as it was in 1994 when the 10 Belgian soldiers were disarmed and brought here while Hutu commanders decided what to do. After the mob set upon them, several of the Belgian soldiers were able to fight back, retrieve some weapons and retreat into the building you see/walk through. The placards speak to these young mens' lives and who they were. You will also see damage to the interior walls from where fragmentation grenades exploded. A terrible end, but is it uplifting to know that their heroic last stand delayed the mob from setting upon innocent civilians trying to escape very closeby, they managed to kill several of the mob trying to murder them.
A worthy tribute to the 10 brave Belgians who died here.Written 15 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is the part of the city that never sleeps. It's super packed and busy at all hours of the day, but I never feel unsafe here.Written 8 August 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My wife and I were aware of Rwanda's recent past. Being from a country (Sri Lanka) with a similar past, we expected a sad and negative story to come out of this museum. But is was the exact opposite! The museum tells a story that illustrates success in preventing genocide and prompts one to reflect on the true value of humanity going beyond all differences. Isaac the manager and his team are doing an excellent job in maintaining and presenting the museum to the public.Written 7 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We had an hour's guide which was very interesting and informative on the early history of Rwanda. The only downside is the reptile exhibit - which is not really anything to do with the museum but needs a mention as the conditions that the snakes are being held in are terrible. No need to have it there - please re-house the snakes to a zoo or somewhere else - it adds nothing to the museum and in fact detracts from the excellent tour.Written 8 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This was an amazing experience for me
This space is unconditional and can recommend you to visit it.Written 19 September 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- this building is located in the modern part of the city located on a hill, where you can find many modern buildings and shopsWritten 3 April 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Good-sized area to start and end the International Kigali Peace Marathon, with plenty of seating for spectators.Written 17 June 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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