Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. Kigali is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it’s conveniently located in the geographic center of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travelers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa’s most memorable dining experiences.
The attractions in Kigali Town include
Kigali Genocide Memorial. The people of Rwanda embrace peace and reconciliation. They are committed to fight the ideology of genocide. This memorial also serves to educate about how the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi took shape and examines genocide in the 20th century.
Camp Kigali Belgian Monument. A small museum in Kigali City lies at the site of the massacre of 10 Belgian UN Blue Beret. At the onset of Genocide under the command of General Dallaire, they were deployed to guard the house of Prime Minister Agatha Uwilingimana. When the genocide began, Presidential Guard soldiers invaded the home, disarmed the Belgians and transported them to Camp Kigali where they killed them. The ten stone pillars memorialize the ten soldiers killed..
Nyamirambo Walking Tour. Nyamirambo is a bustling multi-cultural commercial district in Kigali. This unique experience brings you right into the heart of the colours, noises and smells of urban Rwanda. Guided by the charming women of the Nyamirambo Women’s Center (NWC), the tour allows visitors to experience the local market, West African tailors, hair salons, recording studio with its local rap music, butcher and the Muslim quarter with its Arab influences. A delightful traditional Rwandan lunch in a home of one of your hosts is an optional extra.
Bwiza Village. Bwiza is a small village in the neighborhood of Ndara. During this visit you can see how the government has helped to bring new housing to this community along with their local arts and crafts. This is a community of potters, basket makers and wonderful dancers. Contact RDB to set up a tour.
Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. An independently funded boarding school, in the Eastern Province where they house and educate 500 children aged 15 to 21 who come from all over Rwanda. You will visit the school and farm then enjoy time interacting with students over lunch.
There is an array of wonderful offerings of contemporary art studios; fashion; handcraft production and cooperative centers where you can watch Rwandans weaving and beading – and where you will be lost for choice in the many fabulous products on offer to purchase. Gahaya Links, Inema Contemporary Art Centre, Caplaki Craft Village, Uburanga Contemporary Art Centre, Tongo Art Gallery. Rwanda Nziza, Ikaze Showroom among others