Exploring Kigali city tour
Well acknowledged as the Switzerland of Africa, Kigali is the principle city in Rwanda situated in the heart of the country. The city is the main tourism hub (first stop) for all travelers to Rwanda and was professed the capital in 1962 when the country gained her independence. Despite the miserable histories of the genocide that hit the city in the 1994, Kigali has now picked up and is a very safe place tourists crave to visit. Besides being a tourism center, Kigali is the Centre for most economic, cultural, political and historical businesses and structures. A combination of all these draws the devotion of every first traveler to the country providing him or her with in depth information.
The cleanness, calmness, and the well-organized streets and local markets always astonish travelers to Rwanda compared to the other cities all over the world. Tourism in Kigali entails the following:
Genocide memorial center
Located in Gisozi district northern part of Rwanda, the center is visited to honor the victims of the genocide. There are mass graves where the remains of approximately 250,000 people who were killed in 1994 genocide were buried. Travelers to the site are told the contextual genocide and how thousands of people were slaughtered in just 100 days. Videos, books and magazines are displayed which give travelers intense information concerning the genocide. The time spent at the center is real touching and humbling to all travelers, as they listen to the sorrowful stories of never again. Most travelers who visit the site come out humbled and appreciating how far Rwanda has come despite the tremendous genocide.
Nyamirambo women’s center
Here explorers are enthused around by a group of ladies who are the members of the Nyamirambo women’s group. These women implement different activities including making hand crafts such as bags, mats, baskets, making hair in their salons and many others as well as preparing local foods for the travelers. Travelers are blessed to take part in activities such as sowing, tailoring, buying art crafts which experience they cannot forget. The income earned by these women to used to support their families hence refining their standards of living.
Visit the local markets
There are numerous local markets that operate on different days of the week in Kigali. The largest local market is kimisagara market, which has different sections and operates everyday. The market offers a variety of products to the travelers which include clothes, children’s toys, fruits, bags, pans, shoes, water jugs, suitcases, sunglasses and designer watches among others. The market is managed under the control of the Kigali city council (KCC), which gives licenses to local people to own small stalls. The products are sold at affordable prices and travelers buy them for remembrance after going back to their original destinations.
Rulindo cultural center
This was opened up in 2015 during the celebration of the world tourism day in order to diversify tourism in Rwanda. While at the center, the exhibitions of local and traditional arts and culture are shown to the travelers. There are cultural guidebooks and magazines that tell more about Rwanda hence making a visit to the center educative. More still, there are local people that demonstrate their cultures to the travelers done in form of traditional dances, poems, stories, and dressing codes. Travelers are allowed to take part in traditional practices, which make them feel like part of the society the experience they live to remember.
Where to sleep
Kigali is served with high-class hotel and accommodation facilities. These include grand legacy hotel, Kigali Serena hotel, hotel chezo lando, hotel des mille collines, five to five hotel, Lemigo hotel, Iris guesthouse, urban by city blue Kigali and gorilla golf hotel. These hotels offer both luxury and low budget fulfilling the interests of all travelers (high end and budget travelers).
In conclusion therefore, Kigali is a tourism hub in Rwanda providing the pre-experience to all travelers to Rwanda. The experience is made possible by the unique cultural, historical and manmade resources in the city that every traveler should explore.