Attractions & Points of Interest

American primatologist Dian Fossey in the wild with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. (Photograph by Robert I.M. Campbell / National Geographic Creative)

Are you new to Rwanda? Welcome to Kigali. Explore the MyKIGALI Business Directory for local fun including nightlife, restaurants, art galleries, shopping and more. We are still updating this page, but here are some general points of interest that are popular among visitors to our city and country.

NATURE

Rwanda is a famous eco tourist destination. Volcanoes National Park boasts six volcanoes and is home to endangered mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and other primate species. Rwanda’s gorillas are especially cherished by the nation and protected by the Government of Rwanda. While you are visiting Volcanoes National Park, tour the Dian Fossey memorial and museum -she was one of the first people to study Rwanda’s mountain gorilla families and a strong advocate for their protection. Seeing the mountain gorillas is an adventure of a lifetime for many people. If you want even more excitement, don’t forget Central Africa’s largest protected wetland, Akagera National Park, where you can spot large game including lions, giraffes, hippopotami, cape buffalo, zebras, elephants, elands, bush buck, and more. The most ecologically diverse and rich place to visit -especially for bird species -is Nyungwe National Park. It is one of the largest uncut forest reserves in all of Africa. Nyungwe National Park is home to over 300 species of birds -it is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Don’t forget a trip to Lake Kivu, where you can relax on the beach, enjoy a scenic boat ride, visit the fishing villages, and see an abundance of wildlife.

Do you need help with arranging your gorilla and golden monkey permits and tours, booking hotels or flights? Consult the Hotels & Travel category of the MyKIGALI Business Directory to find everything you need.

MEMORIALS

A trip to Rwanda necessitates a bow to its difficult past. Here in Kigali, you may visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Education and peace-building work carried out by the Memorial Center pay homage to approximately one million Rwandans killed in the 1994 genocide. The Kigali Genocide Memorial has a museum exhibition area and library. There are also ongoing workshops and plans to create a full-fledged teaching center to educate people about the history of the genocide.

Kigali is also home to several other memorial sites. The Murambi Genocide Memorial Site, at the former Murambi Technical School, has 850 skeletons and mummified remains on display from among the 45,000 victims who were murdered there. In Kicukiro District, there are two main memorial sites. The Rebero Genocide Memorial Site is where 14,400 victims are buried. The Nyanza-Kicukiro Genocide Memorial Site is where 5,000 victims were killed after the United Nations peacekeeping forces abandoned them.

Traveling outside of Kigali, the Nyarubuye Genocide Memorial Site in Kibungo Province is where an estimated 20,000 victims were killed during the Nyarubuye Massacre. The victims had been seeking refuge in a Roman Catholic church and in the homes of the nuns and priest there.

For more information about the genocide, the many memorial sites throughout the country, genocide prevention and the annual commemoration time in April along with its many related remembrance ceremonies and peacebuilding activities, please visit any the following websites: Kigali Genocide Memorial and Kwibuka Rwanda.