Kigali City TourKigali is the capital city of Rwanda and is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda Safari as it’s conveniently located in the geographic center of the country. Travelers will enjoy exploring the vibrant commercial center. Kigali is particularly beautiful at night as the lights glimmer over a few of the buildings.
The city is divided into three districts: Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge and is inhabited by one million people.
The Kigali City Tour begins as a historic journey through the city with a guided tour from the first modern building from which the capital city was first founded, to the rapidly growing neighborhoods that are changing the face of the city, you will visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site to learn more about the history and events of the horrific genocide. A visit to the memorial grounds will remind you just how Rwanda has come a long way from the genocide. Visit to the Kimoroko local market where you will meet locals selling fresh food and visit the Kaplachi local craft markets.
Attractions in Kigali City
The Kigali Genocide Memorial tour
In 1994, a quarter of the one million Rwandans were killed during the atrocities that swept the country. This guided tour serves not only to educate visitors about the horrors of the genocide by means of three permanent exhibitions, but also as a meaningful tribute to those who perished. The Kigali Genocide Memorial site is the burial memorial ground for about 250 000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi tribe. Many victims were buried within the grounds of the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
With mass graves lieing peacefully the lush garden, covered by giant plates of concrete, serving as a reminder of those that have been lost, it provides a haven for those needing time to contemplate and compose themselves after their visit.
Presidential Palace Museum
The Rwanda presidential palace museum is situated in Remera near the Kigali international airport, you can also visit Mille Collines Hotel which was featured in the movie Hotel Rwanda which was a rescue point during the Rwandan massacre.
Natural History Museum
Discover the history of the divisive colonial experience in Rwanda, the background to the horrific genocide, Watch moving video testimony from survivors and view exhibits of the crimes that took place here.
Kigali is also a very clean and Secure city to visit, live, visit, and explore at any hour of the day or night. The police patrol the streets and the population is encouraged to report anything that may be of potential harm to others. In fact, Kigali City is regarded to be the safest city in Africa by most international visitors.
A Kigali City tour can either begin or end your safari in Rwanda as you visit the museum and Genocide Memorial Center and reflect on the glue some events that befell Rwanda nationals in 1994.
Located: Rwanda Capital.
Best Time to Go: Any Time of The Year
June to September (Peak time for Rwanda)
Size: 730 km²
Elevation: 1,567 m above sea level
Time: UTC/GMT +2 hours