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Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda a vibrant modern commercial centre and also the seat of the government. Kigali is situated in the centre of the small country Rwanda also known as the land of a thousand hills.

The history of Rwanda dates back many centuries and Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Kigali was founded in early 19th Century as a German settlement.

Kigali  become the capital of Rwanda at independence in 1962 replacing the colonial seat of power in Butare.

It’s a pleasant city that spreads over several ridges and valleys with enough to do and see to keep visitors occupied for a couple of days.

Experince a relaxed walk around this attractive city of lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets is refreshing.

Kigali being in the heart of the country one finds that all the roads in the country starts and ends in this city.

 

While visiting the country for either gorilla trekking or Chimpanzee tracking all safaris starts and ends in Kigali and most probable you'll occasionally spend a night here as part of any holiday itinerary.

Kigali: Highlight

  • Kigali city is spotlessly clean partly because plastic bags are banned in the country but also the because of Umuganda.
  • Umuganda is a national service when everyone gets together and works on community projects like keeping streets clean, tending to gardens and helping neighbours.
  • Umuganda is held on very last Saturday morning of each month should you be on holiday in Rwanda during this time – many shops and businesses will be closed for the morning.

Kigali: Accommodation 

  • Kigali Serena Hotel.
  • Lemigo Hotel
  • Novotel Umubano Kigali Hotel
  • Hotel des Mille Collines

Kigali: Activities

  • Shopping in Kigali - Visit the smart shopping malls, more authentic- lively markets, browsing for curios and souvenirs visit to the Caplaki handicrafts cooperative for local crafts.
  • Kigali’s Richard Kant’s museum- Natural History Museum
  • The Kigali Genocide Memorial-the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. 

 

    • Hotel des Mille Collines Kigali

      Hotel des Mille Collines is set in large gardens Kigali, Rwanda's capital city. The historic four-star hotel became a sanctuary for 700 Tutsis whose lives were saved during the dark days of Rwanda genocide.  The hotel featured in the film “Hotel Rwanda” Hotel des Mille Collines: Highlights Enjoy a panoramic view of Rwanda's tree-studded capital, Kigali. The hotel featured in the film “Hotel Rwanda Hotel des Mille Collines: Accommodation One hundred and twelve tastefully furnished rooms and suites with a mix of traditional and contemporary handicrafts and art.  Hotel des Mille Collines: Activities The Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux ORTPN) - offering guided tours and extensive information on the Kigali and Rwanda as a whole, this is the place to buy permits to visit the national parks and the gorillas. The Kigali Memorial Center contains a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide The genocide memorials- The church at Nyamata, about 30km from Kigali, and Natrama church, which is about 5km from Nyamata. Parliament Building and the Geological Museum Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation, a selection of market stalls where you can shop for woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics. The Dancing Pots, a showroom and cultural centre for the Twa…
    • Umubano Kigali Hotel

      The Umubano Hotel formerly Novotel Kigali is a   hotel located Five km from the centre of Kigali. The hotel is set on top one of the many hills that make up the city. It’s ideal for business travellers and those on transit for holiday in other destinations in Rwanda.  Umubano Kigali Hotel: Highlights Set right in the heart of Kigali  offers the perfect place to escape the and relax, unwind and enjoy the local tourist sights Umubano Kigali Hotel: Accommodation Perfectly suited for today's traveller Umubano Kigali Hotel: Activities The Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux ORTPN) - offering guided tours and extensive information on the Kigali and Rwanda as a whole, this is the place to buy permits to visit the national parks and the gorillas. The Kigali Memorial Center contains a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide The genocide memorials- The church at Nyamata, about 30km from Kigali, and Natrama church, which is about 5km from Nyamata. Parliament Building and the Geological Museum     Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation, a selection of market stalls where you can shop for woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics. The Dancing Pots, a showroom and cultural centre for the Twa or Batwa…
    • Lemigo Hotel

      Lemigo Hotel offers a refreshingly unique experience to Rwanda and is conveniently located in Kimihurura-Rugando close to Kigali International Airport. Relaxation reigns here amid a serene landscape. Set in a serene environment neighboring International Organizations of repute. Lemigo Hotel: Highlights The hotel is close to Kigali International Airport Suitable for stop over on your way to or from to Gorilla trekking safari Lemigo is a unique business lifestyle hotel that caters for the needs of the discerning business traveller Lemigo Hotel: Accommodation Ninety seven rooms and suites are housed on three levels, surrounded by lush picturesque views and cooled by breezes from the hills. Lemigo Hotel: Activities The Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux ORTPN) - offering guided tours and extensive information on the Kigali and Rwanda as a whole, this is the place to buy permits to visit the national parks and the gorillas. The Kigali Memorial Center contains a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide     The genocide memorials- The church at Nyamata, about 30km from Kigali, and Natrama church, which is about 5km from Nyamata. Parliament Building and the Geological Museum Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation, a selection of market stalls where you can shop for…
    • Kigali Serena Hotel

      Kigali Serena Hotel is serene yet trendy and idyllically set in one of city’s most attractive avenues. The hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Kigali Serena Hotel: Highlights The hotel is just 10 kilometres from Kigali International Airport. Kigali Serena Hotel: Accommodation One hundred and forty-eight 148 rooms all newly-renovated rooms are presented in typically pan-African style with either twin or queen-sized beds. Kigali Serena Hotel: Activities The Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux ORTPN) - offering guided tours and extensive information on the Kigali and Rwanda as a whole, this is the place to buy permits to visit the national parks and the gorillas. The Kigali Memorial Center contains a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide The genocide memorials- The church at Nyamata, about 30km from Kigali, and Natrama church, which is about 5km from Nyamata. Parliament Building and the Geological Museum Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation, a selection of market stalls where you can shop for woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics. The Dancing Pots, a showroom and cultural centre for the Twa or Batwa (pygmy) The Kigali city tour -The tourist board offers guided bus tours of…