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Rwanda's Interesting History
 
For many people, the first thing that they think of when they hear the name Rwanda is the genocide which ripped apart the country in the spring and early summer of 1994. But though this bloodstained moment in Rwanda’s history is indelible, peace rose phoenix like from the ashes, and in the intervening years, Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery. The next generation looks forward with optimism.
Rwanda might be one of the smallest countries in Africa, but it is packed with fascinating human history dating back at least 10,000 years. There are, of course, books where you can read about the past, but at Africa Exclusive we’d far rather you saw firsthand how the past is manifested in the present. The cultural museum in Nyamata recreates traditional village architecture, you can share in the country’s intangible cultural heritage at the Iby’iwacu cultural village, and all manner of myths and legends surround Ndaba Rock and its magnificent waterfall.
In more recent history, it is impossible to overlook the Rwandan genocide which began on 7 April, 1994 and lasted for 100 days. Whilst you are in Rwanda, you might want to visit the Genocide Memorial Centre in the country’s capital Kigali. Yes, it is a place to remember scarcely recountable horrors and to commemorate those who died, in the hope that such crimes are never committed again; but it is also a place of hope. This might sound like a strange thing to say, but the process of reconciliation, of rebuilding broken relationships and broken lives, has been unparalleled. Rwandans want to share the lessons they have learned from their recovery with the world, and they are generally optimistic about the future.
Communication and collaboration have been key components to this success. Every community suffered, and though they will never forget those they have lost, now they are working together to build a new, bright future. There are multiple ways that you can see the projects firsthand, feel a connection with the Rwandan people and their land, and be part of the continual progress. The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) links the most luxurious lodges in Rwanda and Uganda with conservation projects and communities, and supports them with labour and expertise as well as financial donations. From Bisate Lodge you can hike to Diane Fossey’s grave, celebrating the life and of this pioneering primatologist and conservationist. Learn about the Virunga Sheep Project, visit the Omumashaka Wetland, and tap your toes with the Nyungwe Village Cooperative Dancers as they put on an authentic, colourful display. Communication and collaboration have been key components to this success. Every community suffered, and though they will never forget those they have lost, now they are working together to build a new, bright future. There are multiple ways that you can see the projects firsthand, feel a connection with the Rwandan people and their land, and be part of the continual progress. The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) links the most luxurious lodges in Rwanda and Uganda with conservation projects and communities, and supports them with labour and expertise as well as financial donations. From Bisate Lodge you can hike to Diane Fossey’s grave, celebrating the life and of this pioneering primatologist and conservationist. Learn about the Virunga Sheep Project, visit the Omumashaka Wetland, and tap your toes with the Nyungwe Village Cooperative Dancers as they put on an authentic, colourful display.
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