About Kigali City, Rwanda

Kigali is unlike many other African cities where Chaos is the rule of the day, Kigali, Rwanda though the business center of Rwanda is a more relaxed, orderly, more peaceful. visitor friendly city than most other African capitals.  Here even the streetlights works. traffic is orderly, the streets are clean and no potholes to speak of – delightful restaurants abound, – the perfect African city for your first stop in Africa.

One of the first things most people notice is that, particularly for an African city, Kigali 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.

The Top Things to do and see on a Kigali City Tour

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1. Local Markets Shopping in Kigali

There are a number of smart shopping malls in Kigali city centre with some chic boutiques and coffee shops. If you like browsing for curios and souvenirs from your Rwanda holiday, pay a visit to the Caplaki handicrafts cooperative, which sells a variety of local crafts.

Alternatively, the lively Nyamirambo area of Kigali is regarded as the most vibrant quarter of the city, known for its excellent tailors and hair salons, as well as its many bars and cafes. As with any city, take care if visiting at night but during the daytime, Nyamirambo Women’s Centre offers interesting walking tours around their neighbourhood that takes in their own craft shop, a typical Rwandan meal and the local market too.

2. Kigali – Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre:

The memorial is located close to the center of town and gives visitors a look and reminder of the 100 day 1994 Genocide that took the lives of 100,000 Rwandans in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Visiting here is not for the faint hearted, some of the videos, images, displays will touch you at the depth of the soul, especially the children’s sections. It is also a reminder of what happens when the world stood by – when there no more devils left in hell since they all seemed to have taken up residence in Rwanda during those 100 days in the Spring and Summer of 1994.

Today, Rwanda- Kigali is rebuilding and it has risen from ashes that hatred produces in the hearts and actions of humanity to a country that has vowed to “Never Again” experience such a tragedy again.

3. A Visit to Richard Kandt House Museum

Dr. Richard Kandt founded what we know as Kigali today in 1907 – in 1908 it was officially designated by the German governor in Dar-es-Salaam as the town of Kigali. Richard Kandt was an explorer and discoverer and became the first official representative of Germany in Rwanda as “Resident of Kigali.”

Richard Kandt also spread the coffee plant around Rwanda during his time here and promoted coffee cultivation in the country.

Today you can visit his former home and gardens restored by the German Government and home to Rwanda Museum of Natural History. A museum where new exhibits are being added over time making it an even more interesting place to visit.

4. A Visit to the Presidential (Habyarimana’s) Palace Museum

President Habyarimana was the President of Rwanda, the shooting down of his airplane as it approached Kigali in April of 1994 triggered the Rwandan Genocide. Here you can see how the former president of Rwanda lived – a tour of his former house gives you an insight into the mindset of President Habyarimana.

Things such as electronic detection devices, hidden gun cabinet in his entertainment center. A chapel and next door where witchcraft rituals were conducted. Simply an amazing place. A visit here gives you an insight into the mindset of former President Habyarimana and his rule which led to the Genocide – much of it inspired by his fanatical anti-Tutsi wife Madame Agathe.

5. Horseback Riding

You can go horseback riding outside of Kigali and enjoy the hills, sights, villages found there. This is Rwanda’s only stable for visitors are located outside of Kigali. Ride on trails through the most breathtaking and varied countryside.

The activity offers horseback riding on the trails such as Mount Kigali, horseback riding lessons for those who never tried before and short riding courses around the pen of the Stable.

This is a great, different activity for you in the Kigali area of Rwanda that you can do during a morning you have free.

Suggested Safari Trips to take in and around Kigali City

3 Days Rwanda Special Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Homes in Volcanoes, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

3 Days Golden Monkeys & Gorillas Safari

Tour Highlights: Golden Monkey Tracking, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

7 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Primates Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Golden Monkey Tracking, Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzee Tracking

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking, Beach Holiday Relaxation in Musanze, Kigali City Excursion Rwanda

6 Days Gorillas Monkeys & Bishoke Climb

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Golden Monkeys tracking

4 Days Rwanda Double Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Nature Walk Treks