Kigali City Tour ~ An Insight in Africa’s Cleanest City
The Kigali City Tour provides an in-depth look at Kigali, it’s past as well represents, the recovering lively Kigali city. Kigali city is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it’s conveniently located in the geographic center of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travelers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa’s most memorable dining experiences
One of the first things most people notice is that, particularly for an African city, Kigali city is spotlessly clean, partly because plastic bags are banned in the country but also because of a universal service called Umuganda when everyone gets together on the last Saturday morning of each month working on community projects like keeping streets clean, tending to gardens and helping neighbours. Do bear this in mind should you be on holiday in Rwanda during this time – many shops and businesses will be closed for the morning.
Unlike other cities, Kigali City in Rwanda is a very organized, peaceful, relaxed, orderly, and chaos free city despite the continuous business that take place in the city center. On your Kigali City Tour, you will realize that streetlights and controlled traffic are in all parts of Kigali, which is not a case in many African cities. Looking at Kigali as a tourism stop Centre, we bring you various attractions in Kigali city that will introduce you to the history, culture and the modernized city that has risen from the ashes of the 1994 horrifying genocide.
Kigali City as small it would seem, has major tourist attractions that you will visit on your Kigali City Tour, and some of which include the following;
The History of Kigali City
Kigali City was established in 1907 just as a tiny colonial out-post town by Dr. Richard Kandt, who was the very first resident German colonialist in Rwanda. He liveD at the foothills of Mounts Jali and Kigali in the middle of the city and today this was turned into a Natural History Museum honoring his great work; it is a very common stop for the Kigali city tour activities.
Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda and the main administrative and economic center of Rwanda and hosts a number of bars, great coffee shops as well as local plus international restaurants offering Chinese, Greek, Italian, Thai, North African plus East African cuisines. Resto-bars are actually a favorite to the Kigali’s residents since the people enjoy the scrumptious meal and the great music plus drinks. Kigali’s vibrant nightlife is certainly the best entertainment for any visitor.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Center
Perhaps the city’s best known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life.
The Kigali Genocide memorial center is a burial ground for some victims of the genocide. On reaching here, you will hear from deep the resounding cry of never again shouting from the graveyard where these innocent bodies were laid. You will witness the most touching videos, images and stories all narrating the horrifying genocide.
Local Shopping in Kigali Market
For a truly immersive shopping experience, head to the Kimironko Market. This is the busiest and most popular market in town with vendors selling wares from all over Rwanda as well as East, Central and West Africa. You’ll find souvenirs and crafts for rock-bottom prices and swathes of kitenge fabric that can be transformed into unique clothing by the market’s on-site seamstresses. Kimironko is also a market place for local Rwandans with different sections selling colorful fruit and vegetables, clothing, home supplies and pungent meat and seafood.
Alternatively, the lively Nyamirambo area of Kigali known for its excellent tailors and hair salons, as well as its many bars and cafes. The Nyamirambo Women’s Centre also offers interesting walking tours around their neighbourhood that takes in their own craft shop and a typical Rwandan meal too.
Nyamata Genocide Memorial
The Nyamata Genocide Memorial Site is a church in Rwanda where approximately 2,500 Rwandan people got killed during the genocide. This church has become an emblem of the harsh treatment Rwandan women got during the 1994 genocide. Nyamata is located in the Bugesera region of Rwanda, about 36 KM from Kigali. This area suffered from one of the worst moments of brutality in the 100 days of genocide.
When the 1994 Rwandan genocide sparked off, many Rwandan residents of the region gathered around the church to seek for protection. Nyamata Church today is being visited by countless tourists, locals and genocide survivors who want to learn more, remember or know some history about the terrific a hundred days of terror in Rwanda. It is one of those attractions you will get compelled to visit on a Kigali City Tour.
The Presidential Palace Museum
The Presidential Palace Museum is one of the frequently visited memorial places in Kigali. A tourist attraction in the city, the place palace museum was the home to the late Juvenal Habyarimana – Rwanda’s last president before the 1994 genocide.
In April 1994, the then President of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana together with Cyprian Ntaryamira of Burundi, who had been given a lift by the former had their plane shot down and coincidentally fell into his house compound. This is the incident that sparked off the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.
Currently the place is a renowned museum flocked by tourists and local visitors who come to see flight remains and also witness /experience the former president’s way of living.
Horseback Riding in Kigali
Horseback riding is among the activity one cannot miss out while on a city tour in Kigali. This activity can be enjoyed on Mount Kigali. Horseback riding involves seating on a horse and have it take you around as guided by people in charge, it is an exciting moment especially to the first timers. There are about 5 horses on the ranch and these can take you for a ride, this usually takes approximately 1hour.
Mount Kigali is among Kigali’s highest hills standing on an elevation of 1,852m. It can be accessed by use of two routes. One via Nyamirambo, this will take you just to the hilltop and the other route is via Nyabugogo taking you all around the hill, you can have great views from all angles; the lower slopes, the forest and Kigali town itself.
Kigali Conventional Center
This is the center for meetings, conferences, incentives and exhibitions situated just 6 kilometers from Kigali international airport. Interestingly, the convention center has a sitting capacity of approximately 2,500 people along with the Radisson blue a five-star hotel with over 292 rooms and many other offices and businesses. This gives an added advantage for travelers to access accommodation as well as shopping in the malls and arcades within one structure.
This a perfect MUST visit for business oriented travelers. You will be treated to a premium rejuvenated experience while at the convention center.
More Places to Visit in Kigali
A Visit to the National History Museum
Dr. Richard Kandt was the German explorer who embarked on an exploration of Rwanda in 1897 searching for the source of the Nile. In 2008 his historic residence was converted into the Natural History Museum which houses some really interesting information on Rwanda’s flora, fauna, geology and biological history, along with a stuffed skeleton of a massive crocodile that terrorized a village in Lake Muhaze; a pair of shoes was found in its stomach. Click here for more information.
Kigali Art & Crafts Centers
There is an array of wonderful offerings of contemporary art studios; fashion; handcraft production and cooperative centres where you can watch Rwandans weaving and beading – and where you will be lost for choice in the many fabulous products on offer to purchase.