Kigali city tours Rwanda
This beautiful clean city has many secrets and gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with its extremely friendly and hospitable inhabitants. Taste the local cuisine and take the time to walk through the beautiful markets. The political past of Rwanda will not be forgotten during this tour, which has had a great impact and is still tangible. Visit the genocide monument and listen to the stories of the people. A beautiful and impressive start to your journey!
Kigali is one of the prominent and most safe cities for solo travelers and its smaller size Makes it easy to Navigate and with its proximity from other major tourist attractions like Volcanoes national park for gorilla tracking, Nyungwe forest national park for Chimpanzee tracking, Canopy walks and incredible tropical waterfall walks, Akagera national park for Wildlife viewing and Lake Kivu which is popular for relaxing beach holidays makes the city tours popular active pre or post-Rwanda safaris.
Places to visit during your Kigali city tours
Kigali Genocide Memorial
This is the best place to learn about the worst human tragedy to affect the country and one of the most awful historical times for Africa. If you only have a few hours, one of the best things to do in Kigali is to visit the Genocide Memorial.
You should spend at least 2h at the Kigali Genocide Memorial to make sure that you have enough time to listen to all the audio guide recordings.
And no doubt it is one of the things to do in Kigali. What people eat how they buy their items and what is available is very telling of culture. These are some of the top ways to explore the markets and learn how Rwandan farmers work.
Kigali Convention Centre
At night, it is lit in moving lines that look like they are circling the beehive looking building.
While it might not be one of the things to do in Kigali, it is worth driving around it and also stopping for a quick walk around because of how unique the building is. The convention center is attached to the newly opened Radisson Blu Hotel.
Visit the Presidential Palace
The Presidential Palace in Kigali used to be the house of Juvenal Habyarimana and Pasteur Bizimungu, the Rwandan Presidents from the 70s to the 90s until the President was shot down at the grounds of the palace. The flight debris of the FALCON 50 presidential plane that went down on 6th April 1994 killing Juvenal and the Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira can still be visited.
Buy some Rwandan souvenirs
But there are a few really nice items you can take home with you and which will always remind you of your trip to Kigali and Rwanda. One of them is the traditional woven baskets that come with a high cover. They are called Agaseke in the local language and they have a historically long tradition in Rwanda.
Ride a Boda-boda
Nothing says East Africa like a ride on a motorbike or Boda-boda as it is locally known. Boda-boda gets their name from the English border-border and its humble origins taking people across the border from one country to the other at the time when there used to be a buffer zone that could be as long as one kilometer.
How to get around during Kigali city tour
You have an option of walking to some of the sights that may be within walkable distance for you; Kigali city is a pleasant place to walk with clear walkways however we do provide private vehicle services for our clients on safari and it’s the best way to get around Kigali during city tours as some attractions are very far apart from each other.
Where to stay during your Kigali city tours
Kigali Serena hotel
Among our 148 sophisticated rooms and suites, guests can choose Standard and Deluxe Rooms with comfortable beds, Executive Suites with separate bedrooms and expansive living rooms, and the sumptuous Presidential Suite, whose 300 square meters of living space encompass a master bedroom with king bed, a bathroom with a Jacuzzi and impressive spaces for meeting or entertaining.
Each room’s design and detailing reflect the hotel’s Pan-African heritage with sophisticated furnishings perfectly complemented by plush fabrics in bright color palettes. All accommodation at Kigali Serena has been designed to meet the needs of corporate and leisure travelers with complimentary high-speed Internet, minibars, and 24-hour room service.
Haven Boutique hotel
In 2008, Alissa & Josh Ruxin built Heaven – Kigali’s first international restaurant and hospitality training facility. Since then they have trained over 1000 Rwandans and expanded to two hotels and restaurants and a tour company. At the heart of our approach is an authentic and tailored Rwandan experience delivered by an inspired team. Everything we offer was custom-built by local craftspeople and showcases Rwandan arts, photography, experiences, and agriculture.
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