Former king’s palace at center of new culture tourism drive


(eTN) – Today is the launch of Rwanda’s new “Cultural Tourism” product, when the rehabilitated and refurbished former palace and residence of the late King Mutara III Rudahingwa is being formally launched as a center pin of this new drive.

The palace includes a display of what used to be “king’s cattle” a special breed reserved in the days of the ancient monarchy for the king alone and tended to by his herdsmen.

Traditional dancers will be at the opening ceremony to perform the classic Rwandan dances, and other performers will sing the ancient songs telling the lore and the wisdom of the elders.

There is excitement within the tourism fraternity about the new options for tourist itineraries and also among the local community from where guides and caretakers were recruited, bringing a steady income from tourism into the grassroot levels of Rwandan society.

The activity was spearheaded by the Institute of National Museums in Rwanda and is supported by other government agencies like the Rwanda Development Board–Tourism and Conservation.