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A day at Roz Carr Imbabazi; A Centre of Hope

Rwanda, Rubavu
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1 Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size



English, French


Rosamond Carr, known to her friends as Roz, was born in 1912 in South Orange, NJ; she traded in her life as a fashion illustrator and New York City socialite to follow her husband, dashing British hunter and explorer Kenneth Carr, to what was then the Belgian Congo. The marriage did not last, but Roz’s love for the country and its people was kindled. She bought a plantation of her own in the tiny neighboring country of Rwanda and created a remarkable life for herself there- a life filled with romance and adventure, untold hardships and personal loss, political upheaval and civil wars, and a life that was dedicated, in large part, to the Rwandan people. From the beginning, she helped people by distributing medicine for small ailments, administering first aid and paying school fees for children. Roz Carr was the longest-living foreign resident in Rwanda and the last of the foreign plantation owners. She witnessed the decline and fall of colonialism in Africa and the emergence of new and struggling African states. She sailed up the Congo River and camped in Pygmy villages. She survived civil wars, revolutions, and one of the greatest human tragedies of our time; 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.
In the aftermath of the Genocide, at the age of 82, Roz Carr founded an orphanage on her flower plantation in the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes. The orphanage is called Imbabazi, which means “a place where you will receive all the love and care a mother would give.” Since it opened its doors in December of 1994, Roz and her staff had cared for more than 400 lost or orphaned children. Roz Carr passed away at the age of 94 on the 29th of September, 2006 at her home she loved for more than 50 years. To date, Imbabazi is and remains a haven of love and safety and a symbol of hope for all.


  • Visit Roz Carr Museum
  • Visit Roz Carr gravesite
  • Stroll in the Eucalyptus Forest, Farms and English Gardens


In the morning, meet your driver guide for a short briefing ahead of a road transfer to Roz Carr Imbabazi; a center located in the Western Province of Rwanda, driving via the Musanze/Volcanoes.  The journey offers you picturesque views of the Land of a Thousand Hills. Imbabazi Centre lies at the edge of the Volcanoes Massif and is a site to behold for travelers to Rwanda who are seeking an intimate and off-the-beaten-path experience.  The late founder; Rosamond Carr, an American commonly known as Roz, left comfort from her home country and came to Africa in 1949. Mudende; a remote area adjacent to Volcanoes Lake Kivu eventually became her second home until she passed away in 2006. On this tour, you will learn more about Roz's life, the orphanage she set up after the 1994 Genocide, her stories and friendship with Dian Fossey and see where scenes from the movie "Gorillas in the Mist" were shot. You will also stroll through local farmlands and English gardens, enjoying a wide range of colorful flowers and birds. Lunch and soft drinks will be served at the site. During your visit, you will have time to interact with communities and possibly children. You are welcome to leave donations that help sustain the work and legacy of Roz Carr. After this beautiful day at Imbabazi Centre, you will drive back to Kigali, where the tour will end. Drop-off at your hotel or residence. END OF THE TOUR!


  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Activity fees
  • Local lunch
  • Private transportation, with fuel and driver guide
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Free mineral drinking water in the vehicle
  • Local taxes and handling charges
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Meals and beverages; not mentioned above
  • Travel and health Insurance
  • Tips and Gratuities

Tour Length

Full day (7+ hours)

Tour's Location

Rwanda, Rubavu
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Ikaze Rwanda Tours

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