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“Directions and costs march 2014” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church
Ranked #3 of 58 things to do in Kigali
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“Directions and costs march 2014”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

For those on a budget! Go to Kigali bus station and ask to go to nyatama town. Should cost around 600 francs When you get dropped off there after 45min you can either walk to the church. Walk out bus station and turn right onto main road and walk for about 1,5km looking for a old white and black sign on the right hand side of the road. Or rather negotiate with bikers. Don't forget you have amazing bargaining power at this point with 20 bikers wanting your cash so work it. I would suggest getting them to take you to nyamata church then ntarama(which is about 8km in opposite direction) and back to bus station. Anything around 2500 francs for this would be a good price. Good skills could get you away for 2000 for everything. Reason for my ratings: I just feel they could do so much more, such as tour guides and glass cabinets etc. this said it's an amazing place and should definitely be visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

I spent some extra days after a meeting visiting some of the most powerful sites of the genocide. Nyamata was intense. The staff were friendly and informative, but unlike in so many other tourist places, they leave you alone to experience the place on your own. You are free to ask for information or background as you wish.

Visited March 2013
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“Overwhelming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

This place is probably the closest you can get to actually seeing the genocide. The bloodied clothes of the victims and some skulls and bones are left there so we never forget.

Take a taxi here from Kigali, or let your guide take you here after visiting the memorial centre in Kigali.

Visited February 2014
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“A Sobering Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

If you are really interested in the people, culture and what happened in Rwanda in 1994, then a visit to Nyamata Church & its satellite church, Ntarama is well worth your time.

Located in the Bugesera district, the drive southward is pleasant and very different terrain to the north, being drier, flatter and with red soil. You will see sugar cane, papyrus and swamp land. The latter two being where fleeing Tutsi’s took refuge to survive from the church massacres.

It is a very solemn experience on arrival at the Church and you will be guided by a survivor or relative of a survivor. This is much more confrontational than the Kigali Memorial centre. Here you will be guided inside the Church and you will be overwhelmed by the huge number of blood stained clothes, piled high on every seat – remnants of the 10,000 people who were massacred at this site. At the pulpit you can see the range of weapons which were used to kill. There are also personal belongings of the victims.

A stairway inside the Church takes you down to a crypt, with two levels, where there are glass cases full of many bones.

Outside the Church there are two enormous tombs. The steep steps of one tomb lead down to a small narrow room, with shelves on either side, filled with countless bones and at another end of the room, boxes draped in cloth, containing the bones of families. The second tomb is of the same size as the first (4 metres high x 1metre wide) but filled with timber boxes only. When you are standing in these tombs, you will be dwarfed by the height of the room, the narrowness and you will feel the full impact of what you are standing amongst – victims of Genocide.

It is a very moving experience and one which you will not forget. Be sure to make a donation, thank your guide and sign the visitor book.

We had a guide with us in Rwanda for our 5 day visit, who was quite comfortable to take us to the memorial. We suggest being considerate of the person’s circumstances if you make the request of someone to take you. Photography is not permitted at this site.

Visited August 2013
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Kampala, Uganda
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“Shocking and Devastating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

Be prepared. It's not easy to visit the two churches (this one and Ntarama) but they have been preserved since the genocide and you see what happened. The tour guides are respectful and matter-of-fact as they take you through and describe what happened. You will see skulls and bones.

You can visit both churches in one afternoon. It takes about an hour to drive from Kigali.

Free to get in but donations are encouraged and we tipped the tour guide as well.

Visited December 2013
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