How to Spend 1 Day in Kigali
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All too often, Rwanda’s vibrant capital is defined by the tragedy of the 1994 genocide. With 24 hours in the city, it’s easy to widen your perspective, and gain a deeper understanding of Rwanda’s rich heritage and modern culture. Here’s how.
Morning: Sightsee in the City
Begin your visit with a city tour, for an overview of Kigali’s highlights. To navigate the city’s many hills with ease, take advantage of tours that offer round-trip transport. Immerse yourself in the capital’s ambience as you visit local markets, cafés, and landmarks, opting for a small-group or private tour to receive personalized recommendations and translations where necessary.
Afternoon: Discover Kigali’s Past and Present
Taking a break from the bustling city center, head out on a tour of Kigali’s suburbs. Spend your afternoon exploring a working factory for insight into Kigali’s modern industries, or engage with Rwanda’s recent history at one of the moving national genocide memorials. Many tours stop by the Kigali Genocide Memorial; others include the Nyamata and Ntarama memorials.
Night: Experience the Nightlife
After a busy day, unwind with dinner and drinks in the high-end Nyarutarama district. Or, dive into Kigali’s club and bar culture in Kimihurura or Nyamirambo, two vibrant neighborhoods popular with locals and travelers alike.
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Finding your way around Kigali’s rolling hills can be tricky for new visitors. Embark on a full-day tour led by a local to easily locate the city’s top attractions and hidden gems, such as Gahanga’s local market, a modern shoemaker, and the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Save time navigating with included hotel pickup and drop-off, and enjoy a relaxed small-group excursion with lunch and refreshment included in the price.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Kigali is known for its landmarks and culture, but it can be hard for new visitors to find their way around the many highlights. Discover the city like a local on a tour that includes Mount Kigali, an art exhibition, local cafes, and the Genocide Memorial. Gain insight into the Rwanda capital from your guide, and relax after a day’s sightseeing with hotel drop-off included.
Understanding the circumstances and impact of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide can be difficult for visitors to Kigali. Learn about the 20th-century tragedy on a visit to the Nyamata Genocide Memorial and Ntarama Genocide Memorial Centre from the capital, and see sobering artefacts for insight into the reality of mass slaughter. The small-group size ensures a more intimate experience with your local guide.