Visiting Rwanda’s Past and Present

Rwanda is a gorgeous place to visit. Rwanda is a sparkling gem on the African continent, beckoning travelers from far and wide to visit it’s gorgeous scenery and engaging people. There’s more to see in this beautiful country than just gorillas, though! This area has a rich human history filled with triumphs and tribulations, all which have led Rwanda to be the place it is today. As you walk the paths of ancestors and immerse yourself in the culture of Rwanda, it is important to know its past as well as experience its present.

Rwanda’s Past

Like most of Africa, Rwanda has a history of human presence that predates the historical record. People have been utilizing Rwanda’s riches and enjoying its bounty long before the current borders were drawn. We do know that in the 17th century, Tutsis established what could be considered a kingdom by modern standards, and began to influence control over other peoples living in the area. Not too long after this, Europeans began to explore and assert control over parts of Africa. European countries carved up the territory among them and began to draw artificial borders over the land.

Rwanda remained under the control of Belgium for well over a century. Like many other places in Africa, the people and resources of Rwanda were utilized by their colonizers in a way that created tension and strife within the country. Rwanda gained independence from Belgium in 1962. Independence did not immediately breed peace — an uprising by Hutus against Tutsi control led to thousands of deaths.

The strife set in motion by these events culminated in several decades of genocide and upheaval within Rwanda. In the 1990s, a new government was put into place that estimated over one million people perished during the genocide period. Out of an unfortunate and dark past, the people of Rwanda move forward to extol the virtues of their culture and landscapes today.

Experiencing Rwanda’s Present

Taking a historical tour of Rwanda is a wonderful way to experience its present while acknowledging its past. Many of the people you encounter in Rwanda, if they’ve been alive longer than two decades, will have experienced some of the horrors of genocide. These are people who worked together to repair their homeland and to move forward with hope. The people of Rwanda are what make it the culturally and ecologically-vibrant place it is today.

The People of Rwanda

The best way to get to know Rwanda is to get to know its people. In our History Will Tell tour, you will visit memorial sites, experience the beauty and wildlife of Rwanda’s national parks, and immerse yourself in local culture. For those looking to immerse themselves deeper into current culture, our Get To Know The People tour will take you on a powerful journey to connect with the adults and children of Rwanda so you can better understand their life in the present day, in addition to understanding where the past has led them. Each cultural group across Rwanda, and across the world, has unique qualities and experiences that will broaden your perspective and enrich your cultural knowledge.   

Responsible Ecotourism in Rwanda

Amahoro Tours is committed to offering responsible tourism and ecotourism adventures. We work with communities to promote their cultural values and foster conservation of the local environment. You can learn more about how we partner with communities and foster conservation through education here. When you book a tour with Amahoro Tours, you can guarantee you are taking part in sustainable tourism that works to enrich communities, not exploit them.