1 Day Kigali City Tour
1 Day Kigali City Tour takes you for an amazing discovery of Rwanda’s capital. Named after a mountain (Actually hill), Kigali is the commercial center of Rwanda with most of the important political offices in the country. Kigali is also one of the cleanest and safest cities in Africa. The roads and general transport system is one of the best in Africa. Walk around the city center will lead to impressive 5 star hotels, high-end restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Because of the modern structures, clean streets, safety and good governance, Kigali has been chosen as host to many important international conferences. As I write this, it is about to host the 2020 commonwealth conference. All these achievements are remarkable given that Rwanda was devastated by the 1994 genocide. The new government headed by the president Paul Kagame has rebuilt the country to become a magnet for investors and tourists
Detailed 1 Day Kigali City Tour
DAY 1:Kigali City Tour
Things to do and see while on the Kigali City tour
Welcome to our 1-day Kigali city tour, where you’ll explore the vibrant capital of Rwanda, known for its clean streets, friendly people, and rich cultural heritage. In this tour, you will visit various places that showcase the city’s history, culture, and traditions.
Kandt House Museum
First on the itinerary is the Kandt House Museum, which was the residence of Dr. Richard Kandt, the first European explorer to settle in Rwanda. The museum features displays that showcase Rwanda’s colonial past and the life of Dr. Kandt. Here, you will learn about the country’s history, traditions, and cultural heritage.
Natural History Museum
Next up is the Natural History Museum, where you will learn about Rwanda’s diverse flora and fauna, including its geology, ecology, and biodiversity. The museum features exhibits that display the country’s natural wonders, including mountains, forests, and wildlife. You’ll also learn about the efforts being made to protect the environment and wildlife in Rwanda.
Presidential Palace Museum
Afterward, you will visit the Presidential Palace Museum, which was the residence of the late President Juvénal Habyarimana and his family.
The museum is a somber reminder of the tragic events that took place in 1994, as it has been preserved in the state it was on the night of April 6th, 1994, when the plane carrying Habyarimana was shot down, triggering the genocide. You will see the wreckage of the plane and the rooms where the president and his family lived.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Site
From there, we will head to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site, which is a place for remembrance, education, and healing. The memorial honors the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and serves as a powerful reminder of the atrocities that took place. Here, you will learn about the events leading up to the genocide, the tragic consequences that followed, and the efforts being made to promote reconciliation and unity in Rwanda.
Campaign Against Genocide Museum
Next, we will visit the Campaign Against Genocide Museum, which provides a comprehensive overview of the events that led up to the genocide, including the propaganda campaigns that were used to fuel hatred and division. You will also learn about the efforts being made to promote peace and unity in Rwanda, including the government’s programs to promote national reconciliation and economic development. After a busy morning of visiting museums, it’s time to take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch at a major city restaurant or at Hotel des Mille Collines, also known as the Hotel Rwanda. This iconic hotel was the site of refuge for many during the genocide and was made famous by the movie “Hotel Rwanda.”
After lunch, we will visit the Kimironko Market, which is the largest open-air market in Kigali. Here, you will find a vast array of local products, including fresh fruits, vegetables, textiles, and crafts.The market is a vibrant hub of activity and provides an excellent opportunity to interact with the locals and experience the hustle and bustle of daily life in Kigali.
Next, we will head to Mount Kigali, which offers breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings. You can take a leisurely hike up the mountain, or simply enjoy the stunning views from the base. Mount Kigali is a perfect place to relax and reflect on the events of the day.
Kigali Convention Center
Finally, we will visit the Kigali Convention Center, which is a state-of-the-art conference and events venue that is home to some of the most important events in Rwanda’s calendar. The center features a stunning architectural design and showcases Rwanda’s commitment to economic development and progress.Lake Nyarutarama
Last but not least, we will visit Lake Nyarutarama, which is a beautiful lake located just outside the city. Here, you can take a relaxing boat ride or simply enjoy sight of species like the African Hobby, Bat Hawk, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater among others.
- Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- Ground transport
- Bottled water
- Site entrance fees
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- Tourist Entry Visa
- International Flight Tickets
- Travel Insurance
- Items of Personal Nature
- Tips and Gratuities