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What to See and Do in Kigali City, Rwanda

Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is situated near the geographic centre of the nation. The city has been the economic, cultural, and transport hub of Rwanda since it became capital at independence in 1962. The main residence and offices of the President of Rwanda are located in the city, as are the government ministries.

Kigali city tour

Take a city tour to Kigali and delight in its beauty. You will experience the lively city along with its hospitable people. So many people travel all the way to Rwanda and then go immediately off to say hello to our gorilla cousins with little to no time spent enjoying Kigali. Some people might say that the city doesn’t have much to offer and isn’t worth a stop but there really is a lot to do here and you won’t be disappointed.

Kigali Genocide Memorial

The Kigali Genocide Memorial, in Kigali, Rwanda, commemorates the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The remains of over 250,000 people are interred there. There is a visitor center for students and those wishing to understand the events leading up to the events of 1994. The Center is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place in which the bereaved could bury their family and friends. The Center is managed and run by the Aegis Trust and the Kigali City Council.

The memorial and the memorial centre are in Gisozi which is a ten-minute journey from the centre of Kigali. It honors’ the memory of more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial is a guided experience. Visitors can choose to be guided by one of the staff or purchase the KGM digital guide which provides an audio-visual tour.

Opening hours

8:00am – 5:00pm

(Last entrance is at 4:00pm)

7 days a week

(Except the last Saturday of each month)

On the last Saturday of each month, the memorial is open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm due to Umuganda community work (last entrance is at 4:00pm).

Tour the Juru Park for a fantastic view of the city, surrounding hillside and countryside. It is one of the highest points in Kigali city. Kigali Museum and learn the history of city and country’s pre-colonial and colonial period as well as the colonial masters in Rwanda.

After experiencing the cultural aspects in Kigali you can as well travel to the Volcanoes National Park for the gorilla trekking tours and you can either do it once or the double gorilla trek. After gorilla treks you can experience the endangered golden monkey tracking, Mount Visoke and Karisimbi hike and Dian Fossey trek.

 

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Where to go in Kigali

Kigali City, has very many point of interest which you can visit while on your business trip in Rwanda. The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center is the most tourist spot for your visit and other genocides which you can visit on your one day Kigali city tour. There is much more craft shops you can visit and from here you can buy a souvenir's to take home.

Where to Eat in Kigali

Kigali has several restaurants which local dishes and continental meals in Kigali. It is much adventurous to take your dinner or lunch out of your hotel and most of the eat out point offers the best African coffee, soon on this guide we shall list for you the best eat out points to visit while in Kigali for your holiday.

Shopping Places in Kigali

Kigali has very many shopping malls while on your Rwanda safari, international supermarkets and shops are available.

Night Clubs in Kigali

While on your holiday in Kigali, do not miss the night life in Kigali. There is many night clubs where you can go for parting with friends and Rwandan girls and boys are much welcoming to dance with you in the night and security is available.

How Travel around Kigali

Kigali city is small and clean and you can tour it within a day and you can use the public transport like Boda Boda or Tax, and those that are willing to travel in comfortable way you can hire a private car from several car rental companies and none other than "www.4x4carhirerwanda.com" can offer you the best affordable and competitive quote. The Jeep offered from this car rental agency in Kigali along the Kigali Airport Road at the St Peter's House are all 4x4 WD and they can go far from the Kigali City to say some National Parks like Akagera National Park which offers game drive viewing.