The city's relatively compact geography means tourist attractions are within easy reach of one another. One of the must-see attractions is Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, which opened in 2004 and documents one of the darker periods in Rwanda’s history. The Presidential Palace Museum, on the city's outskirts, was once home to President Juvénal Habyarimana, who died in a plane crash in 1994. The museum offers a fascinating insight into his life.
Whether or not you have seen the movie Hotel Rwanda, you should visit the Hôtel des Mille Collines, the inspiration for the film. Also of interest in the city centre is the small yet fascinating Museum of Natural History, supposedly Kigali's first building and once home to German explorer Dr Richard Kandt.
If you want to see some of Rwanda’s wildlife, head for the Akagera National Park, which is about two hours from Kigali city centre. The savanna is home to elephants, baboons, giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes, zebras and more.