Kigali is the largest and capital city of Rwanda; it is the main commercial city of Rwanda as well as the center of transport to all destinations in the country. It has a population of approximately 2.5 million people. Putting the challenges faced during the genocide in 1994, Kigali has proved to the world that it can start from almost nothing in 1994 to one of the cleanest, organized, and fast-growing cities in Africa. It is actually the cleanest city in Africa. Kigali is now the main conference hub for regional and international conferences. Most people use Kigali city as a transit center while going to the country’s remote National Parks or to other destinations outside Rwanda. This should not be the case because Kigali has a lot to offer as the city is growing year by year.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is Rwanda’s largest memorial, serving as the final resting place for approximately 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide. It is also an educational center, with three distinct sections:
The memorial is a powerful place of remembrance and learning, and it plays an important role in educating the public about the Rwandan genocide and other genocides around the world.
Visit the largest local market in Kigali, Kimirinko market located in the neighborhood of Remera has a variety of items ranging from vegetables, fruits, dry produce, second-hand clothes, hair salons, crafts, African fabrics, etc. if you have enough time buy fabric and the tailors will make for you a skirt or trouser or shirt of any design of your own choice.
This center was opened in 2012 by two brothers Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza. They display work of contemporary art in Rwanda and also a collection of other 14 Rwandan artist work is displayed here. Inema art Centre also has Yoga classes and live music on Thursdays. You can visit the center and buy art pieces of your choice or participate in the design and paintings of the work.
This is the hotel that was featured in the 2004 movie called Hotel Rwanda. actually, this is not the actual hotel in the movie, the movie was filmed from a hotel in South Africa. The most significant part about this hotel is that it protected more than 1000 people during the genocide. The hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina managed to give shelter and protection to these people and even gave them food. whenever the perpetrators would come to kill the people, he would bribe them with money and alcohol in the hotel. You can as well visit the hotel to have fun eat or drink and swim in the hotel swimming pool. Mille colline hotel is one of the best hotels in Kigali.
Also known as Camp Kigali, this site witnessed the brutal murder of 10 Belgian UN peacekeepers on April 7th, 1994. General Dallaire had dispatched them to safeguard Prime Minister Madam Agathe Uwiringiyimana. The Rwandan army, however, ambushed and deceived them on their way to her residence, leading them to the camp under false pretenses.
Upon arriving, the Rwandan army soldiers attacked the Belgian peacekeepers. Despite a valiant fight, they eventually ran out of ammunition and were all slain. Inside the camp stands a small house with three rooms, bearing the scars of bullet holes from the assault. Additionally, there are 10 stone pillars erected in honor of the commandos. Each column is adorned with horizontal cuts denoting the age of each soldier, while the tops of the pillars are intentionally broken to symbolize the soldiers’ brutal demise.
Amahoro Stadium is the national and biggest stadium of Rwanda, it the center of culture and entertainment in Kigali. In Africa the most liked sport is soccer. Pay a visit to the Amahoro stadium and watch a football match between two of the local football clubs. In Rwanda, the clubs with the biggest number of fans are Armee Patriotiquee Rwandese(APR) and Police FC. You will see how the fans paint their faces with the colors of their favorite clubs while blowing vuvuzelas.
While in Kigali, you can as well visit the parliament of Rwanda learn about the political history of Rwanda and even you will be able to see the bullet spots on the wall of the parliament. these bullet marks were left as a sign of remembrance for the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Take a hike to the top of Mount Kigali. Mount Kigali is not an actual mountain but just because it’s very high that’s why its called so. A hike to the top of the hill will reward you with fascinating views of Kigali city. The hike starts in the neighborhood of Nyamirambo. You can stop for a cold drink and roasted brochette at Mera Neza bar on your way to the summit of Mount Kigali.
This women’s center was opened in 2007 to fight gender imbalance and create jobs for women. At the center, the women learn different skills such as tailoring, knighting, weaving among other skills. The products made here are sold at the center’s souvenir shop to create income for the organization. On top of the skills, the women center organize community walks in the neighborhood. The guide will take you to a 2-3 hour walk and you will get a chance to visit people’s homes, interact with the local people and even participate in cooking in some of the local people’s homes.
The Museum of Art, formerly known as the Presidential Palace Museum, was inaugurated in 2018. It showcases various forms of artwork created in Rwanda. Additionally, visitors can observe the remnants of the presidential jet that was shot down while approaching the airport, located within the museum’s compound.
Rwanda, a country marked by the tragic history of genocide, offers numerous opportunities for charitable endeavors. These include assisting the sick at hospitals, teaching English to school children, participating in building homes for orphans, coaching children in football, and contributing to the creation of websites for local NGOs.
Enjoy Kigali nightlife by going to a night club and freely mix with the Rwandans as you dance. You will enjoy local beers such as Mutzig, Primus, Skol, Amstel, and also goat brochette and Akabenz( fried pork).
Wildlife; Akagera national park is 2 hours northeast of Kigali, has a day outside Kigali, and enjoy the wildlife of Rwanda. You will be able to see animals like Zebras, Giraffe, lion, antelopes, buffalo, birds, elephants, hippos to mention but a few. Safari Vacations & Travel Services Ltd do organize 1-day safaris to Akagera national park. Contact us for all your inquiries including gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda.