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No place in Rwanda does the spiritual struggle meet so intently as in Kibeho, a place with no water and electricity, full of the old & demoralized, though it fills regularly with thousands of faithful who walk a hundred miles to get there.


Kibeho is a small town in south Rwanda, which became known outside of that country because of reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ occurring between 1981 and 1989.

The Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ reportedly appeared to some teenagers in Kibeho in 1981, as Our Lady of Kibeho. These visions were accompanied by intense reactions: crying, tremors, and comas.


On August 19, 1982, those who saw the visions reported gruesome sights (rivers of blood, sliced heads, etc.) which some today regard as an ominous foreshadowing of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, and particularly in that specific location in 1995.


Catholic Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, Rwanda approved public devotion linked to the apparitions on 1988-08-15 and declared their authenticity on 2001-06-29


After the 1994 genocide, Kibeho was the site of an internally displaced person (IDP) refugee camp, with many of the Hutu refugees suspected of having participated in the genocide. The camp was the largest in Rwanda, spreading 9 square kilometers and containing between 80,000 and 100,000 people. In mid - April 1995, elements of the Tutsi - led Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), announced they would close the camp, with the aim of forcibly separating known Génocidaires from those who would be sent home. As the camp was closed, tensions mounted and RPA troops opened fire on some of the remaining refugees. Australian and Zambian troops of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) and staff from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) witnessed the massacre.


Many of these were killed in the same school in which the apparitions had occurred; one of the children who reported the vision was even one of the victims. The local bishop, accused by many of complicity in the genocide himself, recognized officially on June 29, 2001 three cases as authentic. The church Notre-Dame des Douleurs (Our Lady of Sorrows) was built in Kibeho, supported by Pallottines.


Kibeho Pilgrimage Itinerary


Day One: Arrival at Kigali airport, meet and greet and transfer to the hotel in Kigali. No meals included.

Overnight at Hotel Chez Lando (pavillion room).

Day Two: Drive for about 3 ½ hours to Kibeho for a guided visit to some of the main sites. We start with a visit to the Kibeho Church and the shrine to “Our Lady of Kibeo.”  We then travel to Nyarushishi hill to see the magnificent statue of Christ, called, Divine Mercy Statue. The history of the statue began in February of 2000 in Chicago in the United States. Four years later, it found its way to the “country of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda in the month of August in 2004, where it has remained ever since.Lunch and dinner are included. Overnight at Centre de Formation Mariale-CANA (self contained rooms

The Center is primarily a facility devoted to training people, nuns, priests in the spirit of Marian doctrines of the Catholic Church.


Day Three: Attend the apparition in Kibeho for the whole day, later in the evening drive back to Kigali. Lunch is included. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Chez Lando (pavillion room). (BLD)


Day Four:  We will do a city tour of Kigali, including Gisozi´s Genocide Memorial, and the crafts village. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)


*Note: Early booking is essential as many people arrive for the anniversary of the apparitions.



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Location: Rwanda

Total Tour Duration: 4 Days

Accommodation: Hotels and Dormitory

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: All Year

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Kibeho Pilgrimage




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