Positioned in Nyanza 88km to the south of Kigali City, the Nyanza Palace is a notable Rwanda safari product whose history has remained to test of contemporary times. Formerly the residence of the famous King Mutara III Rudahigwa who also succeeded from his father King Musinga, the palace presents the exact Rwanda’s past and the general picture of the Monarchy.
features a beautiful museum which has been restored to its state of the
19th Century crafted with the typical traditional materials in its
interior. The Palace also features the traditional Inyambo cows which
possess long horns and very impressive to look at for those who
undertake safari in Rwanda.
The formation of Nyanza palace dates back to the reign of King Yuhi V
Musinga in the year 1899 when Nyanza was made the royal capital of
Rwanda and the King’s court became a ground for economic, intellectual
and artistic works. It is this very setting that existed during that
time that have inspired the setting of magical replica at Rukari where
travelers on Rwanda safaris get the opportunity to explore the heritage of the pre-colonial Rwanda.
The Nyanza of Butare or locally given as the Nyanza ya Butare is noted
to have formed a pivotal center for economy, leadership,, art works and
culture and this status have reduced overtime to only being the cultural
hub of Rwanda with the heritage featured at Rwesero art gallery and
Kings Palace Rukali.
When King Rudahigwa passed away on 1959, her
beloved Queen Gicanda continued to inhabit the palace up to 1964 when
she was ousted. The building was eventually declared a museum in the
year 2006 exhibiting the monarchical background of Rwanda in the
traditional Africa ranging from 15th – 20th Century.
The site also
features equipment that belonged to the King Rudahigwa himself and those
that he used on a daily basis. The site overlooks the Mwima hill where
the King Rudahigwa and the Queen Rosalie Gicanda are put to rest after
she was killed during genocide in 1994.