Kigali City Tour

Kigali City Tour

Book your self a Kigali City Tour for one day or consider the half day Kigali city tour incase you do not have much time inKigali. Kigali car rentals will take you around Kigali City and give you an insight as to why its known as one of Africa’s fast growing cities in Africa, located at the centre of Rwanda. From here the roads radiate outwards, like the spokes of a wheel, and hence on most Rwanda holidays you’ll occasionally spend a night here as part of any itinerary. It’s a pleasant city scattered over several hills with enough to do to keep visitors occupied for a couple of days, easy to walk around with plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants for sustenance.

One of the first things most people notice while on the Kigali city tour is that, unlike other cities in African, Kigali is spotlessly clean, partly because plastic bags are banned in the country but also because of a universal service called Umuganda when everyone gets together on the last Saturday morning of each month working on community projects like keeping streets clean, tending to gardens and helping neighbors. Umuganda is declared a holiday in Rwanda during this time – most shops and businesses will be closed for the morning. Kigali Car rentals is on stand by to take you round on a Kigali City tour, or you can simply choose to self drive in Kigali

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Kigali has relatively few tourists but those that take the time to explore the city are rewarded by a friendly response from locals and a more rounded insight into the country as a whole

Kigali city

What to do in Kigali

Shopping while on the Kigali City tour

While on your Kigali city tour, we hope to make this as flexible for you as possible, there are a number of smart shopping malls in Kigali city centre with some chic boutiques and coffee shops. But if you’re after something more authentic, take a stroll around one or two of its lively markets, you’ll usually be met with great friendliness. If you like browsing for curios and souvenirs from your Rwanda holiday, pay a visit to the Caplaki handicrafts cooperative, which sells a variety of local crafts.

Alternatively, the lively Nyamirambo area of Kigali is regarded as the most vibrant quarter of the city, known for its excellent tailors and hair salons, as well as its many bars and cafes. As with any city, take care if visiting at night but during the daytime, Nyamirambo Women’s Centre offers interesting walking tours around their neighbourhood that takes in their own craft shop, a typical Rwandan meal and the local market too.

Kigali Museums and the Kigali Genocide Memorial

While on your 1 day Kigali city tour, you could choose to visit the Kigali’s museums that include the State House Museum and the Natural History Museum, both worthy of a visit if you’re in town with the latter having superb views over the city.

While on this magnificent Kigali City tour, look out for the city’s best-known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide.

Kigali City

Hotels in Kigali

Kigali’s accommodation options are spread around the city and range from smart four or five star hotels to lower budget bed and breakfasts. While many are of a good international standard, our top pick being the stylish and comfortable Heaven Retreat, or are stayed in for the historical value such as Hotel des Mille Collines which was the basis for the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, you should be aware that service can sometimes be slow in bars and restaurants. Take a look here to see our recommended hotels in Kigali.

Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel, formerly known as Kigali InterContinental Hotel, is a large, upmarket hotel with plenty of modern facilities. Located in Rwanda’s busy capital city, it is just 10km from Kigali International Airport.

Overall, on our last visit to the Kigali Serena in May 2017, we were really impressed. The hotel was clean and comfortable and we felt it had a much more relaxed feel than some of the other international hotels in the city. The service was friendly and relatively efficient (compared to our experiences elsewhere in Rwanda) and the food was good. This is our favourite option for a night or two in Kigali.

Hotel des Mille Collines

Set in large gardens in the heart of Kigali, the four-star Hotel des Mille Collines features in the film Hotel Rwanda. As in the film, the hotel attracts a largely business clientele, but its location also makes it a good base for exploring the Rwandan capital.

The Hotel des Mille Collines is a relatively standard, slightly anonymous, international hotel. Efforts have clearly been made to keep it up to date, although we felt that the rooms could benefit from refurbishment. We wouldn’t always mention a hotel like this for our travellers, but it offers standards of comfort that are relatively uncommon in hotels elsewhere in Rwanda, so is worth consideration for an overnight stop.

Kigali hotels

Kigali car rentals now offering the authentic 1 Day Kigali city tour showcasing an outlook of Kigali city, one of the fast-growing cities in Africa.

The Kigali City tour could be part of an exclusive car hire package we offer you at kigali car rentals or it could be part of your Rwanda safaris itinerary before or after the Rwanda gorilla trekking, a Rwanda cultural tour starting in Kigali or a visit to Nyungwe forest for the canopy walk or the famous chimpanzee trekking.  packaged as a one day Kigali city tour or half-day Kigali city tour by our mother company African Safari Journeys, Kigali car rentals together with our professional driver guides will execute this memorable tour to your satisfaction.

Kigali being the capital city of Rwanda and the country’s vibrant commercial centre, allows you visit any time of the year because of its moderate climate.

Kigali City has been named as one of the cleanest and safest cities in Africa, and as a result, attracts visitors in large numbers as well as investors. Kigali City now hosts several high-level conferences and activities bringing a number of delegates from all over the world.

1 day Kigali City tour

Getting around Kigali city

Our 1 day Kigali city tour also focuses on showing you how Kigali has a developed public transport system compared to many other African cities. There are designated bus and taxi stops from which you can take your public transport which is can be anything from 18 seater taxis, coasters and buses. 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. Alternatively you can take ‘moto’ which is motorcycle taxi to the various locations you are interested in.

However for purposes of visiting the different attractions in a day and for this 1 Day Kigali City Tour, you will take our tour vehicle with an experience tour guide to the different sites you are interested in visiting while on this Kigali city tour.

Things to do and see in Kigali city

For this Kigali city tour we shall have all the proposed sites shared by our driver guide and you have the liberty to choose which you prefer to visit and which should be eliminated from the list. Engage with you driver guide concerning your interests while on this tour but remember all your requests must be realistic and within the city.

The Kigali city tour takes you to the major historical and cultural sites of Rwanda. You will 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.

Kigali car rentals will now transfer you to a  guided tour to the fast-growing neighbourhoods of Kigali that are changing the face of the city. There is an 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. We drive through the older commercial and residential areas with a major stop at the Kigali genocide memorial site commemorating the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

We have opportunities to visit the craft centres where you are able to purchase souvenirs from your stay in Rwanda in turn supporting families of the women involved in making the items. Lunch will be at a local restaurant where you will have a taste of Rwandan traditional food. You are free to choose a cosmopolitan restaurant for a more diverse menu.

Prices

Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person $230 $130 $100 $90 $80 $70
Our City Tour is designed to give you an intimate view of Kigali on a fun, action packed day.
Our tour is the perfect way to kick off your visit to Rwanda and give you the confidence to explore on your own.
Your guide from Kigali car rentals will be a resident who is familier with Kigali city . The tour visits a wide range of places to give you a varied yet intimate view of the city and give you great insight to the city and country in just one day.

1 Day Kigali City Tour includes

  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water
  • Site entrance fees
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
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Kigali City tour Highlights

Familiarise yourself with Kigali on a comprehensive city tour
  • Benefit from the insider knowledge of your local guide
  • Tick off top attractions including Mt. Kigali and Kigali City Market
  • Avoid hidden costs with lunch, refreshments, and hotel drop-off included
Kigali city tour
What to Expect
Your tour starts at 9:30am (details provided in confirmation email) for an introduction. From there you will head off to the city for a great day of sightseeing. Travel through Nyamirambo to the top of of Mt. Kigali for views of the city and the countryside; sip milk at a milk bar; visit a market where you’ll taste fruits; go to a public art walk led by a local artist; refuel with a great Rwandan lunch; stop for the best coffee around; travel by water taxi and more!

Your tour ends at 3:30pm with a drop off at the Genocide Memorial. Our driver will wait and drop you off at your hotel after the visit.

This tour includes: Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour (pickup not included), entrance fees, lunch and coffee.

Important Information
Departure Point
Kigali Marriott Hotel. Exact details sent by confirmation email.
Departure Time

9:30am

Kigali car rentals now offering the famous Kigali City tour at amazing prices, Get to know the beautiful and amazing Kigali city with Kigali car rentals as your guides. The Kigali City Tour experience is the best way to see and experience Kigali!

Our Key spots in the Kigali City tour experience will be:

The Kigali City Tour starts at the top of Mt. Kigali to have a scenic overview of the city and the countryside,

The milk bar experience,
The Local markets, a mural walk,
Enjoy Food testing event at lunch time,
The Rwanda coffee experience,
Get to ride on a local taxi,
a neighbourhood walk and ends at the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

kigali city tourThe Kigali City tour starts at 8:00 am and ends around5:30pm at The Kigali Genocide Memorial. Our driver and vehicle will wait with you until 5pm(when the memorial closes) for those interested. We highly recommend visiting the Genocide Memorial.
There is also the option to get a ride back to your hotel at 3:30pm for those not interested in visiting the Memorial centre during the Kigali City Tour.
You also have the option for Self-drive on this tour.
What’s included in the Kigali City Tour Package?
  • Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour (pickup not included).
  • Lunch, snacks & coffee
Details:
  • Group Size: 1 – 12
  • Cost: $95 per person
  • Timing: 8:00am to 5pm
  • Tours offered:daily, except for the last Saturday of every month.

The Kigali City Tour provides an in-depth look at Kigali, its past as well as present, guaranteeing that you to experience the lively Kigali city.  Fortunately Kigali which is Rwanda’s capital is blessed with a moderate climate all through the year. its as well a lively  commercial center of the country. Kigali is especially beautiful at nighttime with its lights glimmering over some of the thousand hills in the country.

Kigali is divided into 3 districts: Nyarugenge, Gasabo and Kicukiro and is populated by a million people. Your Kigali City Tour starts as a historic journey with a guided tour through the initial modern building from which this capital was founded, to the fast developing neighborhoods which are changing the appearance of this city. Kigali is among the cleanest, most friendly and safest cities in Africa attracting several visitors plus investors.

Kigali City was established in 1907 just as a tiny colonial out-post by Dr. Richard Kandt, who was the very first resident German colonialist in Rwanda. he live at the foothills of  Mounts Jali and  Kigali in the middle of the city and today this was turned into a Natural History Museum honoring his great work; it is a very common stop for the city tours.

During the tour, guests will pass through the older commercial “quarters”, residential areas and business areas of Kigali, visit some of the historic sites established in memory of the 1994 brutal Tutsi Genocide, have a guided tour to the Gisozi Genocide Memorial, as also find out more about the  various neighborhoods as well as local attractions of the city. Come and personally experience this beautiful yet very clean country.

The city hosts a number of bars, great coffee shops as well as local plus international restaurants offering Chinese, Greek, Italian, Thai, North African plus East African cuisines. Resto-bars are actually a favorite to the Kigali’s residents since the people enjoy the scrumptious meal and the great music plus drinks. Kigali’s vibrant nightlife is certainly the best entertainment for any visitor.

Kigali Sight Seeing

Kigali city tour

Finding your way around Kigali

Overview Finding your way around Kigali’s rolling hills can be tricky for new visitors while on Kigali City Sightseeing mission. Embark on a full-day tour led by a local guide from Kigali car rentals to help locate the city’s top attractions and hidden gems, such as Gahanga’s local market, a modern shoemaker, and the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Save time navigating with included hotel pickup and drop-off, and enjoy a relaxed small-group excursion with lunch and refreshment included in the price. Gain a comprehensive overview of Kigali’s center and suburbs in one day Benefit from the insider knowledge of your local guide from Kigali car rentals.

Enjoy the more exclusive experience of a small-group tour Avoid hidden costs with round-trip transfer, lunch, and an aperitif included

Kigali City tour

Kigali City Sightseeing-Kigali Markets

Walking through the neighborhood of Remera, you’ll eventually end up in Kimironko, home to a large covered market. Outside the main market, stalls sell everything from meat and fish to sunglasses and household items. But it is once you get inside the structure that you will see fruit and vegetable stands extending in every direction. Packed with carrots, onions, potatoes, lemons, cucumbers, herbs, spices, dried beans and anything else you can imagine in extraordinary abundance, there is no wonder why locals and visitors alike choose it for their grocery shopping. Hire one of the local guides to lead you around on your first visit and have fun.

Kigali City Market

What to expect while visiting Kigali

Days can get hot in Kigali, so be prepared for the hot sun (bring your sunblock). However, once the sun goes down, the temperature drops in the evening due to the higher elevation of Kigali. It is good to bring layers or a light jacket/hoodie for the evenings.

Kigali has local mini-bus transportation called matatus. They have many routes and cover all of Kigali, but it could get confusing and timely. It is best to hire a taxi or moto-taxi while in Kigali between all of your sights.

Nighttime in Kigali is safe and you should not feel in danger if you are out after dark. With that said, there are always opportunists, so be cautious about where you are after dark.

Kigali town

Security in Kigali

Kigali city is considered one of the safest cities in the world, with very few crime incidences and the Police is stationed in every corner of the city, to keep law and order. the Police men are respected and do not take bribes.

Kigali Public Transport

Public transport in Kigali city is very organized and really works, Visitors to Kigali have a quite a number of  options for getting around the city and the rest of the country with public transportation. The Matatu is the main form of public transportation available in the city of Kigali . These minibuses are similar to taxis, and are a form of shared transportation, which means that drivers will pick up passengers at the roadside as long as there is room in the van. They run set routes that connect major areas around the city, and generally don’t begin a trip until the bus is full. Matatus are a good way of getting around the immediate city. The bus Fares are set by RURA and prety much affordable. Generally matatus can be waved down at the sides of major roads, and found outside of major public areas where there are set stops. One has got to purchase a Card prior to bording the bus, this is the Tap and Go system to ease transportation in Kigali.

The fast way of travel within the city is by motor bike. “Moto” and the riders are polite and orderly,

Kigali car Rentals;

If you chose to have a husle free holiday, we at Kigali car rentals will take you Kigali City Sightseeing, in our famous 1 day Kigali City tour.This wonderful tour will give you an opportunity to get familier with your way arround the city. Our Driver guides will make sure you have a nice time in the city, Visiting the Genocide Memorial, Craft Shops, Markets and many more at your own pace with our Company African Safari Journeys.

Kigali city tour
Kigali public Tour

Nyamirambo Walking Tours

Kigali car rentals will introduce you to bustling, colorful Kigali on the Kigali City tour. Discover hidden highlights to the city as you travel behind the scenes with locals. Visits mosques in the Muslim quarter, join a Rwandan family for a traditional, home-cooked lunch, and mingle with locals in local shops and markets. A half-day guided tour of Kigali’s hidden corners Get a local’s perspective on the bustling Rwandan capital with visits to local shops Get a chance to have your hair braided, or order clothing from the tailor Lunch and hotel pickup are included

Kigali City tour