It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories.Today, we’re looking at our top things to do in Kigali.
While the focus of tourism in Rwanda is placed on trekking gorillas and seeing chimpanzees, Kigali has some fascinating things to do as well. Here are our top 5 things to do in Kigali.
1. Visit the Kigali Memorial Center
Plan to dedicate half a day exploring the memorial center, which commemorates the Rwandan genocide in the mid nineties. It’s built on the site where over 250,000 people are buried and is a powerful memorial to the hundreds of thousands of people that lost their lives.
2. Chez John
For an authentic Rwandan meal, head to Chez John, a popular restaurant among locals in an upmarket area of town.
3. State House Museum
The former Presidential Palace is one of the newer museums in Kigali. It offers visitors a look into the events leading up to the genocide with a few exhibits and secret rooms to explore. Just over the garden wall, visitors can even see the remaining wreckage from Juvenal Habyarimana’s presidential plane and where it was shot down.
4. Inema Art Center
The Inema Art Center opened in 2012 as a way to showcase and provide opportunities for local Rwandan artists. It has quickly become one of the most impressive modern art galleries in Kigali, with paintings, sculptures, and traditional crafts. Many of the pieces are for sale and can be shipped internationally, making for one incredible, one-of-a-kind souvenir! The center also offers dance and music performances and courses.
5. Hôtel des Mille Collines
The Hôtel des Mille Collines was made famous in the movie Hotel Rwanda which tells the story of how the hotel served as a refuge during the genocide. Enjoy a drink at the pool bar and traditional African music with live entertainment on the weekends.