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.
Get to know things to do and see while on kigali city tour
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.
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.
When planning your vacation in Rwanda, one of the first questions you are likely to have is about the best time to visit. Although Kigali city is located in the heart of Rwanda, it has a temperate climate with a good amount of rainfall, thanks to its high elevation.
Temperatures may vary slightly based on the seasonal months. Year-round temperatures in Kigali range from daytime highs between 25C and 27C (77F to 81F), and evening lows of 14C to 16C (57F to 61F).
April through June are the coolest months, while visitors who opt to travel between June, July, August and September are likely to experience warmer, drier weather in Kigali city thus the best time to visit the city.
Like the rest of the cities in East Africa, Kigali city also has two wet seasons: the long rains and short rains. The long rains extend from March through May, with some showers possible even in January and February. The months of October to November experience the short rains, with December generally having a bit of rain as well.
It does not rain continuously throughout the day during the wet seasons, and there are times in Kigali city when the sun is out. The hilly areas of Kigali city and the countryside have a cooler climate with slight variations compared to the flatter lower altitude regions.
It’s important to keep in mind that the global climate has been affected by global warming, and Africa has been experiencing uneven weather patterns as a result. Accordingly, Rwanda has had its fair share of unexpected weather changes.
Kigali city is a lively hub that serves as an excellent starting point for day excursions. If you are here for corporate purposes, meetings, or on holiday, you will find that urban activities are not hampered in any way by the weather. While the dry season might attract more pleasure-seeking visitors, businesspersons are likely to spend time here all year round.
Additionally, touring the country is a pleasurable experience if you choose the right months of travel in Rwanda. Even so, it’s helpful to plan your trip by taking into account the specific activities you intend to undertake. Gorilla trekking excursions to the Volcanoes National Park are best undertaken between June and September, as this is the long dry season in Rwanda.
You may also consider visiting in the short dry season, from mid-December to mid-February. While some rain is to be expected during this time, trekking through the forests is easier and you will have fewer mosquitos and other insects to deal with.
Aside from Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda has a variety of other parks and reserves dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. The best times to visit them are, again, during the dry seasons. However, the landscape takes on a gorgeous lushness in the wet season that is simply stunning to view and experience.