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.