Kigali city is the capital of Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, an African fast-growing country, and one of the cleanest cities one can ever see on the continent. A Kigali city tour is coming in handy as the best option to discover this beautiful city within the hills of Rwanda.
Experiencing Kigali is very affordable and one way to discover the history and cultures of Rwanda in just a 1-day city tour and a half-day tour before or after other Rwanda safari activity experiences.
There are several things that a tourist can undertake during a Kigali city tour and here are the activities to do while on the tour.
Mount Kigali isn’t actually a mountain but more of a hill mostly populated with houses and not a remote wilderness. However, it is a nice place to go for a walk and non-challenging hike. The hike itself is beautiful as you go past unique charming small houses and narrow roads.
Visiting Mt Kigali is an interesting stroll up a large hill for very beautiful views of Kigali city. Spend a few hours on your full-day city tour and have a view of the area from a hill. To ensure you do not spend more time walking below the “mountain” then take a taxi to the bottom of Mount Kigali at Nyamirambo.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is a museum in Rwanda that portrays the fateful events of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. It has three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The second one has a children’s memorial and an exhibition on genocidal violence around the world. The third is an Education center, gardens, and Genocide archive of Rwanda which form part of a meaningful tribute to those who perished and provide a powerful educational tool to visitors.
Visit a Milk bar: Rwanda is a popular country with milk from the several cows reared by the locals. On a Kigali city tour, have a taste of the milk in one of the milk bars where milk is served on the taps. There are some traditional milk bars like Kiruhimbi and there is also a corporate milk bar chain like Inyange Milk Zone.
Markets: Local markets in Kigali offer a vibrancy of a truly African market place always characterized by discovery and memorable sights. Markets are more authentic with handicrafts, clothing, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Visit a market and learn how to bargain like a pro, shop for fresh fruits, and have a taste of many of them.
Enjoy and relax by the lakeside of Lake Kivu. Here you can also take local boat trips to the small islands. This is a perfect place to relax especially in the summer.
The other way of relaxing is by having a canoe ride on the Mukungwa River as you navigate the river. Take a half-day canoeing trip and enjoy the beautiful diversity of Rwanda’s countryside. Along the riverside, meet some members of the local communities that live along the riverside.
Are you planning to go on a Rwanda tour? Don’t miss out on taking a Kigali city tour either on a full-day or a half-day tour. You can take this city tour with Acacia safaris on a tailor-made trip with a Rwanda gorilla tour, wildlife safari in Rwanda, or birding tour. From Rwanda, you can also take a tailor-made tour with an Uganda safari, Kenya tour, or Tanzania safari in search of wildlife, mountain gorillas, or birds.
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