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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Kigali Rwanda, The Land of Thousand Hills

Kigali Rwanda
Kigali is famous for its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards, and bustling streets. It is one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa as well as one of the cleanest and safest cities. Kigali is emerging as a proud city known for its progressive start-ups, energetic art scene, and great dining and coffee.

Kigali offers many interesting places to see and things to do. 


Entrance to the Kigali Genocide Memorial:

No trip to Kigali is complete without spending some quality time at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The Kigali Genocide Memorial is a final resting place for more than 250000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This is the best place to learn about the worst human tragedy that affected the country and one of the most awful historical times for Africa.

Fly from the sky: 


Skydiving is a popular sport that has been introduced to Kigali. It is the ultimate thrill and not for the faint-hearted. The activity can be done by anybody but needs great mental preparation. Jumping from a small plane to the ground will raise your adrenaline to phenomenal levels. You will need to take a course explaining how to pack your parachute and their safety advice. When you venture out you are not alone, your instructor will be with you all the way.

Kimironko Market: 


The best way to learn about the culture of a country is to visit the local markets. Kimironko Market is a large market where all sorts of items are available. Here you can find handicrafts and souvenirs, colorful baskets, fabric and seamstresses ready to make you a dress, fresh vegetable and fruits and a host of other household items. This market is more spacious allowing you to mingle with the locals as you get to know about their products. So it is better to move along in the market with your guide to help you with translation where necessary.

Climb Mount Kigali for those who love adventure


Climbing Mount Kigali could be just the thing you need. It is not a mountain as such but the highest hill in Kigali reaching 6000 feet. From the top, you can see a view of the entire city of Kigali. It’s gorgeous, there’s a lot of farmlands, coffee, tea, and beans being tented by local farmers, it is so peaceful and quiet. Overall hiking to the top of the mountain is easy because of its gentle slopes. Mount Kigali offers amazing views of the city and with opportunities to take beautiful photos. While on top you can stop for food and beer at the Mera Neza Bar or visit the Fazenda Sengha Horse Ranch for horseback riding.

Go for sauna and massage: 


While in Kigali you will have no shortage of places to go, that offers pedicure, facials or manicure. Healing spa is one of the best spas in Kigali. It offers massages, facials, and a wide range of body treatments, body slimming and toning in an opulent and serene environment. Massage and sauna aren’t reserved for only the high-end hotels but also for the specialized outlets scattered around the city center.

CHILDREN’S OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN KIGALI: 


Bambino Super City is a one-stop-shop for kids. At Bambino, there are children’s rides, carousels, restaurants, swimming pools and lots of beautiful spots for a picnic or outdoor walk.

There are weekly events like sports clubs and lessons that can keep your child busy and active week after week.

Dream Team Football Academy, Nyarutarama Tennis club and Fazenda Sengha are some of the clubs.

Are you ready for a night out? There are new ideas for you and your special someone to relax and enjoy a night away. Kigali isn’t exactly known for its party scene. In the last few years, night out in Kigali has grown tremendously. There are several rollicking dance clubs and nightspots if you know where to look. Bars and nightclubs have sprung up all over the city.

Cocktail bars, happy hours and live music can now be found several nights a week and options for going out to have diversified. One of the best Papyrus sits within stumbling distance of Repub Lounge. Papyrus is a restaurant, bakery, and lounge situated upstairs, but in the basement, it’s a sweaty, full volume disco that only really gets going after the clock strikes midnight. When you are tired or need a break, Kigali has some great restaurants and cafes where you can smell some of the local dishes or indulge in a cup of locally grown coffee.

Choma’Dm restaurant and bar in the Nyarutarama neighborhood are one of Kigali’s hippest spots.

Sundowner is popular with expat and intern set. Sundowner is the place to go on Friday or Saturday night to listen to P square and dance until dawn.

Executive Car Wash is located in an actual car wash. This bar serves some of Kigali’s best brochettes alongside a selection of cold beers. It also hosts karaoke nights.

For a romantic time, there are tonnes of unique date opportunities around Kigali.

Go for a couples massage or yoga together: Nothing says I love you more than a relaxing spa date! Surprise your loved one with such an experience this holiday season as Kigali has enough spots for this to cater for all your budget needs.

Enjoy a picnic on one of Kigali’s hills: though Kigali’s public park options are limited, snag some sandwiches from Turambe shop and vanilla ├ęclairs from Baso Patissier before making your way to one of Kigali’s many beautiful hills. Find a quiet spot, lay down a blanket, and enjoy a date in the land of a thousand hills. Travel by taxi, bus or motorcycle to the top of Mt Kigali or pick any of the other surrounding hills at random.
Do a Go Kigali tour: for an in-depth experience of Kigali look no further than Go Kigali tours. These half or full-day tours led by Rwanda guides take visitors through five neighborhoods on an action-packed day of sightseeing, eating and learning about the city. The tour visits markets, milk bars, and local restaurants.Mt. Kigali and more in the course of just a few hours and is a great way to see this beautiful city.

Nyamirambo being Kigali’s colorful neighborhoods is known throughout the city as one of the loudest and interesting areas in town. The neighborhood is historically Muslim and the play host to the famous Gaddafi Mosque as well as a series of fantastic restaurants.

Travelers come from all over to catch a glimpse of the magnificent gorillas, yet there is so much more to see and experience.

With so much to see and do in Kigali, it’s hard to decide where to start when visiting this exciting and vibrant city.

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