Kigali city is a central place where all Rwanda safaris start and probably end, usually a visit around the city is highly recommended to give you a sample of Rwandese culture , past events and rich colonial history. Kigali was founded in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt as a German settlement and became a Capital city after the Rwanda’s independence in 1962 replacing the colonial seat of power Butare. Once ravaged by the horrific 1994 genocide where thousands of Hutu and Tutsi slaughtered themselves, Kigali city has quickly recovered and developed into an amazing tourist destination used as a base or starting point for all safaris to Akagera, Lake kivu, Nyungwe forest and Volcanoes park. The Kigali city tour will open you Rwanda’s modern and historical buildings including trips to genocide memorial sites, museums, bars, local and international restaurants, arts and crafts shops, local markets and so many more places of your choice.
Kigali City Tour Itinerary
Enjoy an early morning breakfast before pick up by our tour guide. You will begin your city tour in Kigali with briefing to help you get a glimpse of what to expect. Along the tour, you will visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site where victims of the mass killings were laid to rest, visit local art & crafts shop to get an African souvenir, enjoy a guided tour around the national museum to learn about Rwanda’s rich colonial and cultural history, trek mount Kigali, drive around New , Old Kigali city and Nyamirambo neighborhood. Extend you stay in Kigali and visit other similarly interesting places as mentioned below
Visit the Kandt Museum: The Kandt museum found at the base of Mount Jali and Mount Kigali. It is in the same place that the German explorer Dr. Kadnt resided. Learn the history of the country and the country’s flora and fauna, geology and biological history. Visitors can spend about a hour or more walking in the museum.
Visit Presidential Palace Museum: This palace was for the former president Habyarimana who passed away in 1994 in a plane crush in the presidential compound. It is his death that launched a dark era of the genocide. While at the museum you will learn the history of the country and see the remains of the plane that crushed.
Drive around the city: Take a guided drive around the city to see the first modern building from which the capital city was first founded, to the current developed city. During the drive, visit the Government building, Avenue du Commerce, Hotel Rwanda where the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ shot.
Genocide Memorial Center: Visit the Gisozi Genocide site to learn of the dark times of 100 days of genocide in the entire country in 1994. Witness the remains of the victims of the genocide, get stories of how the genocide happened.
Nyamata Church Genocide Site: This is another site in Kigali where the genocide took place, over 5000 people in the and around this church in 1994. Here you will see the clothes of the victims with the same blood stains, visit massive graves behind the church with remains of the over 30,000 victims.
Art Museum: Visit Inema Arts Center for contemporary African art, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, African fabrics and leatherworks. At the museum, visitors will be treated to some cool performances by the young kids at the art museum.
At Abacus Vacations we can arrange for you a 2- 3 days guided tour around Kigali city exploring most of the above mentioned places and more. Let us help you plan an itinerary based around what attractions you want to visit and explore in Kigali. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the trip or request for a free travel quote