Kigali City

Kigali City

Kigali City is the capital city of Rwanda, strategically located in the center of the country. It sprawls across numerous hills, ridges, and valleys, and has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. The Kigali Genocide Memorial documents the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda, associated with the country’s civil war. Kigali city has Caplaki Crafts Village which sells traditional handicrafts, including woodcarvings and woven baskets.
On the city’s fringes, the Presidential Palace Museum is set in the former home of President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose plane was shot down in 1994. The museum, with its many rooms and secret passages, gives insight into the president’s life. There are also parts of the ill-fated jet. In the former residence of German pioneer Dr. Richard Kandt, the Natural History Museum is dedicated to native plants and animals. Contemporary African sculptures, paintings, and installations are showcased at the Inema Arts Center. The city is a jumping-off point for trips to Volcanoes National Park, known for its resident mountain gorillas.

Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali city is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality.

Kigali city is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it’s conveniently located in the geographic center of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travelers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa’s most memorable dining experiences.


Built-in Rwanda’s capital at a site where some 250,000 victims of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide lie buried, the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a place of remembrance and learning which hosts tens of thousands of visitors each year, from Rwandan school students to international celebrities and politicians.

In Tripadvisor’s 2015 ‘Travellers Choice’ awards, it is one of the top ten landmarks to visit in Africa.

Established by the Aegis Trust in 2004 at the request of the Rwandan authorities, the Memorial continues to be run by Aegis under contract to CNLG – Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide.

Comprising exhibitions, memorial gardens, educational facilities and the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, the Memorial plays a vital role within Rwandan national, social and cultural identity as a place of remembrance for survivors and education, both for the young and for wider Rwandan society. It is also a site of learning highly relevant to the international community, as policymakers strive to improve response to mass atrocities and the effectiveness of systems for prevention

If you are looking for a shopping experience that will remind you of Rwanda, Caplaki is your destination. It is a place full of handmade crafts, fabrics, beading, weaving, carvings, ceramics and textures coming out of Africa not to mention the glorious bright colors that represent this seductive continent. Caplaki is located in Kigali’s Kiyovu neighborhood.

Looking for handmade, original crafts sold at Caplaki Craft Village. Each of the colorful huts hosts a separate business selling clothes, jewelry, household items, and art. Everything comes from the people of Rwanda, drawing inspiration from the culture and customs. Due to the number of shops here, prices stay competitive, and you can bargain your way to a suitable deal.

Founded in 2012 by brothers and self-taught painters Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza, Inema Arts Center spurs creativity for personal, social and economic growth. Nkurunziza and Nkuranga started Inema in order:
• To tap the untapped potential of art in Rwanda. 
• To use creative expression as a way to bring the community and country alive. 
• To provide exposure to creative people and to create opportunities for Rwanda’s most underserved communities while using creativity for a productive livelihood. 
Today, Inema Arts Center has become a beacon in Rwanda for cultivating creative expression. Inema Arts Center is a collective of Rwandan creative artists. At its core, Inema Arts Center provides space for 10 artists in residence to explore their creative talent. Specializing in contemporary African Arts, Crafts, Music, and Dance. Inema’s artists produce paintings, sculptures, and mixed media expressions showcased in, the Gallery at Inema Arts Center. The Center is home to programs, projects, and initiatives that expand creative arts in Rwanda. Through workshops, trainings, and hands-on classes, the Inema Arts Center provides a space to fuel creative expression.

There’s a good chance some of you are already acquainted with Ivuka Arts. If you somehow missed the memo, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to some of Kigali’s finest.

Founded in 2007 by artist Colin Sekajugo, Ivuka Arts started as a center to introduce modern art to Rwanda.  A group of seven at the outset, the artists had a place to work together and work with the local community. The lack of arts education in Rwanda inspired the group to invite young locals to learn to paint.

Encouraging young artists has kept Ivuka moving – and growing. In the beginning, the artists were just surviving on the earnings from their art.  Now, the ever-expanding group (15+ artists in 2012) are internationally recognized. They’ve done exhibits and installations in the US, the UK, Japan, and Rwanda, of course.