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