AUTHENTIC TOURS & PERSONALIZED EXCURSIONS AROUND KIGALI WITH AFRICANMECCA
City Day Tours Guide For Kigali
Navigation Tip - Go Directly To Tour Prices, Reviews, Maps, Photos, Videos & Room Rate Guide For KigaliDuring your sightseeing of Kigali, you might be surprised by the number of unique tourist attractions and places of interest it’s possible to visit. Those with a particular interest in history will enjoy a visit to Kandt House or Natural History Museum, the former home of Dr. Richard Kandt, one of the famous European explorers of the Nile River. He is also known for being the sole Kaiserliche (imperial representative) denizen during Germany’s colonization of Rwanda and founder of Kigali. His home has been converted into a natural history museum and houses samples of and information about the flora, fauna, geology, and biology of the country.
Be sure to include a visit to the Presidential Palace Museum in Kanombe during your trip. From the 1970s to the late 1990s, it was the official residence of Juvenal Habyarimana and Pasteur Bizimungu. During your visit you’ll be able to view the remains of the presidential plane that was shot down in Kigali, a crash that was instrumental in triggering the horrific genocide of 1994. This tragic occurrence is remembered with regret and sadness by both the participants and the victims. United Rwandans now embrace a spirit of forgiveness and peace and are working together to rebuild their country while honoring the departed. There are distinctive memorials around Kigali and in nearby towns, and during your stay in Kigali, you can include a visit to several.
Do take a trip out to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, the Nyamata Church, the Nyanza Genocide Memorial, the Ntarama Church, and the Camp Kigali Belgian Monument, each of which stands mute testimony to the senseless, cold-blooded slaughter of close to a million people over 100 days in 1994. The knowledgeable guide assigned to you by AfricanMecca Safaris will thoroughly explain details of the events that occurred at each Kigali memorial site.
The tribal people of Rwanda have a varied and fascinating cultural history, and you will surely enjoy discovering it during your vacation in the city. The Inema Art Center and Ivuka Art Center display the artistic talents of the country’s young aspiring artists and have a superb collection of art for visitors to view. You might even get a chance to watch the artists working on their inimitable paintings. The Niyo Art Gallery is dedicated to uplifting street children, and the drumming skills and dance performances put on here by young kids are not to be missed. At all three sites, you can buy paintings and other pieces of art as souvenirs of your holiday. Visit The Dancing Pots for a taste of the art and dance forms of the Twa people of Rwanda. Here, you can buy exquisite ceramics and earthenware animal figurines painted in bright colors.
The Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperative in Kigali is yet another fine place to visit if you’re in search of items to bring back home. The Cooperative offers a range of authentic handcrafted items that evoke the age-old charm of Rwandan culture. Look for delicate beaded jewelry, fascinating tribal masks, woven baskets, ceramics, intricate woodwork, and so much more. As a finale to your tour, perhaps visit Nyamirambo, also known as the “the neighborhood that never sleeps.” This area is known as the oldest in the city. The contemporary area of Nyarutarama is also worth checking out.
Tour Attractions Around Kigali
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Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali Marriott Hotel and Radisson Blu Kigali Hotel offer the premier luxury experiences while deluxe properties like The Manor Hotel and Grand Legacy Hotel are suburban based.
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GUIDE ON KIGALI
Planning a trip to the beautiful, hilly country of Rwanda usually means landing and leaving from its capital, Kigali. Surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, this city is a thriving, bustling metropolis.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT KIGALI
Kigali has a temperate climate with a good amount of rainfall, thanks to its high elevation. You are likely to experience warmer, drier weather from June to September thus the best time to visit the city.
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