Kigali is known for its great views and scenery such as Mount Kigali. For years, Kigali which is Rwanda’s green and hilly capital, has been a thriving cosmopolitan destination full of amazing architecture, music and cuisine. It is one of Africa’s cleanest and safest cities. Tourists can have an adventure trekking through Volcanoes National Park to see mountain gorillas.
Explore the Rwanda Art Museum, buy locally made hand craft at the Nyamirambo Women’s Center and enjoy coffee at the popular Question Coffee Cafe.
One of the most historically relevant places to visit, a place that may stir your emotions nonetheless, is the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The eerie museum describes the events that led to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and offers an important setting for the ensuing deliberations of nation stability and growth.
There are so many sights and attraction in Kigali so as you schedule your trip, have a rundown of the best things to do whilst there.
HOTEL DES MILLE COLLINES
This hotel, located in the Central Business District has unequivocally become one of the most popular and top paces to stay in Kigali and probably in Rwanda.
And why so? You may have watched the popular Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda, a 2004 drama film based on the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994, which documents the efforts of hotelier Paul Rusesabagina to save the lives of his family and more than 1,000 other refugees in this Belgian luxury hotel-Hôtel des Mille Collines.
Visitors and residents of the hotel get to have a beautiful view of Kigali on the fourth floor of this hotel in a restaurant called Le Panorama. You may choose to lodge in this hotel or not. If not lodging, you may want to pop into the hotel for its nice local food restaurants and its live band performance during its Friday weekly Culture Night.
INEMA ARTS CENTER
Established by brothers who were both self-taught artists, the Inema Arts Center has been a place to see modern art in Kigali the arts center was built in 2012. The outside of the building is coated in vivid murals that makes it difficult to ignore. The Inema Arts Center frequently holds frequent dance shows, art-inspired yoga lessons, museum visits, and concerts.
The exhibition space accommodates a good number of artists in residence. These arts works range from mixed media pieces, abstract portraits and traditional African crafts from Rwanda. Tourists get to view art works depending on the artist available and have the opportunity to make a purchase with delivery included.
NYAMIRAMBO WOMEN’S CENTER
For beautiful handcrafted souvenirs, visit the Nyamirambo Women’s Center that was set up in 2007 to inspire and empower women and foster gender equality through trainings and classes. Tourists can find hand-woven bags and cane works of any type and size, beautifully printed totes, patterned place mats, crocheted rugs, beaded jewels and locally inspired fashions.
In addition, visitors and tourists can attend traditional cooking lessons and basket-weaving workshops which forms a sort of acculturation of Rwanda life, history and culture.
One of the best things to do in this place is to be involved in its group immersions community which provides informative walks across Nyamirambo with Tour Guides guiding travelers to the nearby hair salons, mosques, tailors and farms.
Another awesome thing to do in Kigali is to go on a wildlife tour to watch chimpanzees, monkeys and gorillas on a wildlife tour and lodge in an eco-lodge at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Definitely, Kigali provides a truly African adventure and experience so it’s worth visiting.
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