Rwanda Republic is one of the smallest countries in Central and East Africa on Africa’s mainland a few degrees South of the Equator bordering countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo. The country’s largest city is Kigali where most business activities are effectively conducted on a daily basis. Kigali was named /declared a city in 1907 by the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda Dr. Richard Kandt. Kigali city is built on several hills and valleys that awards it a title of being a city of a thousand hills. While on a city tour in Kigali one is able to explore Rwanda’s culture and history by visiting the cultural and historical sites distributed at different points within the city.
Kigali consists of three major districts with wonders of Rwanda’s history and culture and these include Kicukiro, Nyarugenge and Gasabo with over one million total population of people with 50% population being women and 60% of them young. Your Kigali city tour will always begin with a leisured breakfast at a hotel of your interest and proceed for a visit to Kigali genocide memorial, presidential palace museum continue to Kimoronko Giant market and later to caplaki Kigali Artist Village. Besides the above, there are other fascinating sites you could include on your itinerary for example a visit to Nyamata church, Ethnographic museum, Green Park, a walking tour to Nyamirambo and to the shopping mall among others. Then later in the evening you can decide to proceed to Crystal View cocktail lounge on the eighth floor of the Top Tower that offers a stunning 360 degrees panoramic view over the skyline of Kigali city.
Below is a list of interesting sites you can visit on one day tour in Kigali.
Kigali memorial Centre: This is a historical Centre that reveals more about Rwanda’s Genocide of 1994 that was between the Hutu and the Tsusi tribes. This museums is also regarded the best of its kind in Africa. The visit to this museum leads you to Gisozi Genocide site that enables a tourist learn about the dark times of Rwanda’s Genocide of 1994 that lasted for 100 days.
Nyamata church Genocide church: Genocide in Rwanda occurred in different places and this site was one of them where over 5000 gatherings of people were killed in this church. Presidential palace museum: This palace was for Habyarimana the former president of Rwanda who died in a plane crash in the presidential compound an incident that launched the 1994 Genocide.
Kandt museum and natural history museum: This museum is found at the base of Kigali and Jali mountains and in the same place Dr Kandt resided the reason behind its name. Walking tour of Nyamirambo: The streets of this city seem busier than any other in Kigali filled with character a reason that differs it from others. A walk to these streets opens an interaction between the visitors and the local people. Art museum: A visit to Ihema Art Centre explores Africans skill of art according to the displays of different kinds for example paintings, sculptures, African fabrics, jewelry and leatherworks. While here it’s very amazing where tourists will be treated to certain cool performances by young kids at the museum. Arrange your city tour in Kigali and experience all the above and more in just one day.