Compliments of the Season! This is a continuation of my Trip to Rwanda which I started here! On day 1, I had a Kigali Tour with GoKigali Tours, went to Gisenyi on day 2 and returned back to Kigali on Day 3.
DAY 4- EXPLORING MORE OF KIGALI
My 4th day statrted with a walking tour of the Nyamirambo community which I booked with the Nyamirambo Women’s centre which is a Rwandan NGO that provides educational and vocational training to women who do not have the means to pay for such training on their own, so that they can gain better opportunities for employment.
On arrival, I met 2 couples and we introduced and given a brief. We got to taste a rwandan traditional snack and we learnt a few Kinyarwanda( which is their native language) words such as:
Amakuru? – How are you?
Ni meza- I am fine.
Mwaramutse!- Good morning!
Mwiriwe!- Good afternoon!
Muzungu- White person
We were thereafter shown the workplaces were the women work, where they are trained and also a library. We moved about the Nyamirambo community where we got to interact a few Rwandans who were mostly in their shops and a few in their homes. They were all so friendly and they had so much Nigerian music played out aloud in this community.Find out things to do in Rwanda here! Click To Tweet I also got to pound cassava leaves mixed with green pepper and some other vegetables which is used to make a Rwandan delicacy.
The walking tour ended with having Lunch at one of the Women’s home and we had a lot of delicious meals. The centre offers a cooking class tour as well as a basket weaving tour. I could not do any of these cause of time as it was my last full day in Rwanda.
After lunch, I got back to the centre, got a few souvenirs, paid for my tour and left!
From the Women’s centre, I went to the 1000 hills distillery where I had planned to do a tour of the distillery but unfortunately for me the distillery does not open on Saturdays. However, they were kind enough to let me taste all the drinks that are made at the Distillery. I got to taste the rum and coffee liqueur which were really good. They also have a restaurant here which goes with the drinks.
My final stop for the day was to the Rwanda Arts Museum which was formerly known as the Presidential Palace Museum and Rwanda’s state house with debris of the plane crash that killed President Habayarima in 1994. Foot-wears are not allowed inside the museum as well as pictures. I had read about the interesting stories of when it was the presidential museum and looked forward to it but did not get that experience as all that is there now are artworks. I took a few pictures, walked around with my guide and retired back to my apartment.
I totally enjoyed all the places I visited, enjoyed all the meals I had and the experience I got from visiting Rwanda! Rwanda is truly an amszing country!! I would have really loved to visit the Big 5 or see the Gorillas but I could not afford that; maybe when next I visit Rwanda with more people I would try that.
A few things to note about Rwanda.
- Nylon Bags are not allowed in Rwanda. Everything you buy is put into paper bags which is very eco-friendly and I really wish Nigeria can use more paper bags than nylon bags.
- Rwanda is so clean!!! This fact cannot be over-emphasized. I did not find dirt’s on the road, the road cleaners were always cleaning the roads. It is a really clean country!
- It is truly the land of a thousand hills! The drive to Gisenyi made me understand this. If I was in a private car, I probably would have stopped severally to take all the beautiful views of this country.
- Motos (motorcycles) are the most popular and cheaper means of transportation. You can easily flag than 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.
- Kinyarwanda is the native language of Rwandas. While French and English is spoken here!
- Transportation and feeding is quite affordable here most especially the food. It was extremely great value for money!
- It is also affordable to visit Rwanda and it is a great destination!
I totally recommend Rwanda to you if you have never visited. I surely would be visiting Rwanda again! I hope my two posts on Rwanda has tried to convince you to take a trip to Rwanda. If you need help in planning a trip to Rwanda, do well to reach out to me! Thank you so much for taking out time to read my posts!
Love from your Favourite Ajala!