Travelling to Rwanda: final tips and advice
The majority of the country lies on a plateau 1,000 metres above sea level. This is includes the capital, Kigali, in the centre of the country - a multifaceted city, where you can plunge yourself into the country's past. The Gisozi Genocide Memorial, the St. Michael's Cathedral and the Natural History Museum are all must-sees. Butare, considered to be the cultural centre of Rwanda, is also worth its weight in gold, Nyabisindu and the Ethnographic Museum being two highlights. Situated mid-way between Kigali and Butare, Nyanza was the capital of the Mwamis kings and their palaces make for fascinating visits that narrate Rwanda's ancient history. It's also here that you'll see beautiful large-horned cows.
Regarding Rwandan food, you'll find its ethnic diversity reflected in its culinary specialities. Cassava, maize, millet, sweet potato, pulses and plantain form the base of most Rwandans' diet. As in any central African country, Rwandan tables are set with salt, pepper and piri-piri sauce on the side. Even if you see locals smothering their food in it, we suggest you go easy on the sauce - unless, that is, you're used to really hot spices!