Kigali City is the Capital City of Rwanda, situated almost in the center of the Country. Its located on a natural region called Bwanacyambwe within the proximity of Nyabarongo river basin, between Mt.Kigali (1,852m) and Mt. Jali. The City is built on interlocking hills, which progressively converge and are separated from each other by large valleys giving them oval shapes. Originally, the city occupied the hills of Nyarugenge and Nyamirambo which covered an area of 200hectares at the time of independence but has since expanded to cover Kiyovu, Gikondo, Kimihurura,Remera, Kicukiro, and Nyarutarama conference hub of the region.
Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops. Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its orderliness, safety and hospitality and many more.
Kigali Genocide Memorial
his Memorial is an educational institution serving to educate about how the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, a tragedy that befell Rwanda and some parts of the world its therefore, worth visiting. But however, The people of Rwanda embrace peace and reconciliation. They are committed to fight the ideology of genocide. The memorials found throughout the country are moving testimonies in memory of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the people who lost their lives. The Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi is where 259,000 victims have been buried.
The visit may take 2hours maximum.
Optional visit to other memorials in the south of Kigali. 30min drive, Ntarama and Nyamata Church. where thousand of Tustis were killed in the two Churches.
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.
Natural History Museum – Kandt House
Dr. Richard Kandt was a German medical doctor by profession, he was a soldier, an explorer, scholar, a poet and an avid naturalist. Born in 1867, After attaining a degree in medicine in 1894 completing his military service, he embarked on an exploration of Africa. His inspiration was to solve the puzzle of the source of river Nile in 1897 thus Rwanda became his destination naturally. He named his Head Quarters Kigali; and officially gazetted on 19th Oct 1908 as the Center for Administration for German East Africa. In 2008 his historic residence was converted into the Natural History Museum which houses some really interesting information on Rwanda’s flora, fauna, geology and biological history, along with a stuffed skeleton of a massive crocodile that terrorized a village in Lake Muhazi; a pair of shoes was found in its stomach.
The Presidential Palace
The Presidential Palace, residence of the former president of Rwanda, President J. Habyarimana – is near the airport on the eastern outskirts of Kigali. Habyarimana was the president whose plane was shot down on the 6th April 1994, the event that some say triggered the Rwandan Genocide. The former state house is now a museum that gives an overview of Rwanda’s history and a visit to the remains of the Falcon 60 presidential jet that are housed in a walled garden on the property.
Nyamirambo Muslim Quarters & Walking Tour
Islam was first introduced by Muslim traders from the East Coast in the 18th C. The word Nyamirambo derives from the Kinyarwanda word ’’Imirambo’’ to mean dead bodies. This is the point where Banyoro and Banyarwanda had a fierce battle during the post-colonial era. The Banyoro fromUganda had intensions of expanding their territory to Rwanda.
Today, Nyamirambo is a bustling commercial district in Kigali, the Walking tour allows visitors to experience the local market, West African tailors, hair salons, a recording studio with its local rap music, butcher and the Muslim quarter with its Arab influences.
Arts & Crafts
FineSafaris-Afrika drives you to an array of wonderful offerings of contemporary art studios; fashion designers shops; handcraft production and cooperative centers where you can watch Rwandans weaving, beading and sawing – and where you will be lost for choice in the many fabulous products on offer to purchase.
Visiting all the mentioned places, may take long but there`s an option to choose where to go first on arrival and where to go next on departure day after the safari.