Kigali City, Rwanda Capital City

Kigali city, Facts, Tours, Heritage, Culture, City life, People & Hotels

Kigali City is the capital of Rwanda, located in the center of the country well known for its beauty, clean, Safe and well-maintained roads and streets as compared to most cities in Africa. It Spans several ridges & valleys with its lush hillsides, vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. The Rwandan capital city of Kigali has bittersweet tour experiences due having many memorial sites in rememberance of 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the center of all memorial sites and documents the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda, associated with the country’s civil war. The city’s Crafts Adventure Village Cooperative (CAVICO) has stalls selling traditional handicrafts, including wood carvings and woven baskets.

Spanning several ridges and valleys, Kigali City today with its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets, is arguably one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, as well as one of the cleanest and safest to walk in. Kigali City today is a main entry point to most travelers going for a Uganda gorilla safari and visiting Rwanda tour attractions.

Despite bearing the brunt of the genocide’s unspeakable horrors in 1994, Kigali has been the centre of Rwanda’s nation-building efforts since that time and has seen massive amounts of state and foreign investment pouring in over the past two decades. Indeed, the rebirth of the capital has seen a cosmopolitanism arrive in the city and Kigali now boasts a slew of new skyscrapers, several international luxury hotels and a host of excellent eating options. Few Rwanda safari travelers leave Kigali without being impressed by this plucky and charismatic survivor.


What to Do/Activities in Kigali City

Kigali city tour

Kigali Museums and Genocide Memorial

Kigali’s museums include the State House Museum and the Natural History Museum, both worthy of a visit if you’re in town with the latter having superb views over the city.

Perhaps the city’s best known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide.

Enquire with us or visit official Kigali Memorial Website for more information

Shopping in Kigali City

Shopping in Kigali City

There are a number of smart shopping malls in Kigali city centre with some chic boutiques and coffee shops. But if you’re after something more authentic, take a stroll around one or two of its lively markets, you’ll usually be met with great friendliness. 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.

Where to stay in Kigali City;

The following are the best places where to stay in Rwanda’s Capital Kigali city, Hotels, Restaurants to go eat, drink and where to Shop.

Kigali Serena Hotel – Serena Hotels took over the operation of Kigali InterContinental Hotel on 1st February 2007, renaming it the Kigali Serena Hotel. The hotel group is planning construction of additional rooms, and also a general upgrade of facilities − please give us a call for the latest up-to-date information.

Hotel Des Mille Collines – is set in Rwanda’s capital city: Kigali. It is a 4-star international and historical hotel with 112 rooms which was gained popularity from it former name Hotel Rwanda as featured in the film of Rwanda genocide of 1994.

Umubano Kigali Hotel – Novotel Kigali Umubano was taken over a couple of years ago and is now known as the Umubano Kigali Hotel.

Four Points By Sharaton Hotel – The Four points by sharaton Hotel is located in kigali city center just next to kigali Serena Hotel

Lemigo Hotel – The Lemigo Hotel is a relatively low-cost hotel for those needing to overnight in Kigali at the start or end of their trip. It’s a large, international-style hotel, which opened in October 2010 and is close to the airport. The communal areas at the Lemigo are set around a central pool area.

Rwanda Safaris Through Kigali City

These pre-planned Rwanda gorilla safaris are all-inclusive and can be customized to meed any traveler’s demands.