Kigali is the main Capital city of Rwanda and while on your Rwanda gorilla safaris prevails you the chance to explore Kigali tourist attractions at a relatively cheaper price. Kigali is unlike many other African cities where Chaos is the rule of the day, Kigali, Rwanda though the business canter 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.
The Kigali – Gisozi Memorial Centre is a must visit sacred place for visitors to Kigali. Today 250,000 people are interned here shouting from the grave the powerful – resounding cry “Never Again.” 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. It has raised from ashes that hatred produce in the hearts and actions of humanity to a country that has vowed “Never Again.”
Explore Richard Kandt House Museum of Natural History: 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.
Explore Habyarimana’s House – Today it is the Presidential Palace Museum, a place of interest and seeming contrasts to visitors. 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. Simple an amazing place. The gardens are a delight and there you can see the wreckage of the plane the then President was traveling on. A visit here gives you an insight into the mindset of former President Habyarimana and his rule which led to the Genocide.
Nyamirambo – the Muslim Quarter of Kigali but more. It is that part of Kigali where life goes on after dark with quaint pubs and places where you can get Goat Brochettes and enjoy the evening with good friends newly made in Rwanda or those with you. The Nyamirambo Women’s Center offers guided walking tours of the Muslim Quarter of Nyamirambo – one of Kigali’s most diverse and colorful neighborhoods. The guided tour takes you through homes, with their Arab influences, the market, the West African tailors, hair salons, recording studio and more. Your hosts will invite you to one of their homes, where you can learn to cook a Rwandan meal.