Culture buffs, Nyanza will appeal to you. The capital of the South Province boasts several worthwhile historical attractions. In 1899 Mwami Musinga Yuhi V established Rwanda’s first permanent royal capital here. Until then, the royals had divided their time between 50 or so homes scattered throughout their kingdom. Today his traditional palace (well, actually a very good replica of it) and the first home built by his son and successor Mutara III Rudahigwa have been restored and form the King's Palace Museum – Nyanza's main draw.
After visiting Belgium and seeing the stately homes there, Mutara concluded his own home wasn’t up to scratch and had a second, and altogether grander, palace built on nearby Rwesero Hill, which today is the National Arts Gallery.