Welcome to the land of a thousand hills! This small but scenically stunning country is thus known for its endless rolling green hills, which you will experience on your fly-over to Kigali International Airport. A representative from your hotel will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in a quiet leafy street in the heart of down-town Kigali.
You are free to explore the city today. There are many activities in Kigali that are easily arranged through the reception at your hotel, for example gorilla tours and then visits to the craft markets before or after the tour to the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer.
Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities are at your own cost. You have an option of walking to some of the sights that may be in walk-able distance for you, Kigali city is a pleasant place to walk with clear walkways.
Visit the Genocide Memorial a place of commemoration for the 250,000 victims buried in mass graves here and an important remembrance of the unfathomable brutality of the 1994 genocide. The exhibit is an intensely emotional experiences but also an educational one, where you will learn about the darkest hour in Rwanda’s recent history.
Visit Kandt House or Museum of natural history where Dr. Richard Kandt the first German colonial resident of Rwanda resided. His residence at the base of Mount Jali and Mount Kigali in the heart of the city is now the Natural History Museum in honor of his work, and is one of the stops on the tour. This can take about 1 hour in total depending on how you engage the museum guide about what you are learning about Kigali and Rwanda in general.
There is opportunity to visit the presidential museum which is the residence of two of the former Presidents of Rwanda, here you will have an opportunity to learn a bit about the political history of Rwanda.
Visit Nyamirambo Market. This market is more spacious allowing you to mingle with the locals as you get to know about their products. Most Rwandans speak Kinyarwanda and a bit of French. It is important to move with a guide whenever you visit these markets to help you with translation where necessary.