The main places to visit on your road tour with 4×4 car rental Rwanda are the historical sites since April 1994. Thousands of additional civilians were killed in the conflict. The historical sites have been maintained for historical remembrance for Rwanda as a country and for tourism.
Rwanda doesn’t only attract visitors for Gorilla Trekking but also the history of the country. For the road trip, the places to visit on your road tour include;
- Bisesero memorial genocide site.
Its located in Western Rwanda. This was named Bisesero because of its location in that area. Majority of the tourists make stopovers at this site because of its tragic history made in the country. A stairway connects different mass graves located on the top with three houses that keep the bone remains of the victims. Most of them were Abatusti described as people with long noses and were cattle keepers. Around 40,000 people died at this place, this was because they weren’t well equipped. Since the place was rocky, they used stones as their equipment against the Interahamwe militias. Therefore, a few were able to escape.
2. Kigali Memorial genocide centre.
It is one of the largest massacre that is modernized in nature and located in Gasabo district. It consists of gardens in the compound and beautiful flowers. The Centre’s main structure comprises a museum above the mass graves of more than 200,000 victims of the awful 1994 genocide.
As you enter the museum, the first section is on the genocide and at the end it display of photographs of the victims, their clothing and a handful of skulls, and bones. This site requires strong people due to what is exhibited in the museum. This must not be missed on your road tour. This memorial center was constructed in 1999.
3. Nyamata Memorial site.
Its based in a former church and consists of 50,000 remains of people. The church walls today show how the perpetrators made holes in the walls of the church. This was to enable the grenades to go through the church.
The ceiling of the church shows the bullet holes. Also the altar cloth easily show how these Tusti were affected stained with blood. Most of the remains have been buried but clothing and identity cards are left. The identity cards were what identified people as either Tutsi or Hutu. To leave no people alive, the neighboring people in the area were killed after the massacre.
4. Ntarama Memorial Site;
Ntarama is located in Bugesera District. The former Catholic Church of Ntarama converted into a genocide memorial on 14th April 1995. About 5,000 people lost their lives there. Its approximately a one hour drive the Kigali the capital city of Rwanda. This is where the most brutal killings took place. Most of the people used to run to it for refugee but later they were attacked and killed from there.
The refugees locked the iron door with a padlock for protection, however the Interahamwe Hutu Militia broke it and entered with rifles, grenades and machetes. Also the neighbors suffered the horrifying violence.5. Murambi Memorial Centre;
Its located near the town of Murambi in southern Rwanda. The Tutsis were trapped in a church when killings started where they had gone for safety. This was by bishop and mayor who lured them. The Memorial Centre has a massive grave for approximately 45000 victims that were killed during the genocide. This was a former old technical school. This is a must visit because you will comprehend the 100’s horrors in this place.