Rwanda’s history is undeniably tragic, but the efforts this country has made to emerge into the success story it is today has been remarkable. And you are first reminded of this from the second you step off the plane at Kigali International where you are welcomed with a sign warning visitors that plastic bags will be confiscated. Its no wonder that It’s one of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in Africa.
The Genocide Memorial in Kigali, where an estimated 250,000 Rwandans are buried, opened ten years after the horrific events that took place in 1994. It serves as a place for family members and friends to mourn the lives of loved ones lost. It's a place for those who lost their brothers and sisters, grand-parents and friends, uncles and aunts, and mothers and fathers. It's filled with sadness and anger paralleled and yet surrounded by beautiful gardens and landscape offering a sense of tranquility. It will be an emotional visit to say the least but one that can't be missed.
Admissions are free but you are welcome to leave a donation. We opted to purchase the Audio Guide as well for 12,000 RWF ($15).
Photography is strictly prohibited inside the memorial but you are free to take pictures outside if you'd like.