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Sunset over Kigali, Rwanda


Small, charming and with a surprisingly buoyant atmosphere, Kigali is a great place to explore on foot.

Whilst there is little to do in the way of tourist attractions, the dignified Genocide Memorial Centre offers a testament to the strength and dignity of the Rwandese people. The city itself is scattered across a number of hills and a handful of smart, boutique cafes and restaurants allow for the coffee fix if needed – but given where you are, you should really ask for tea.

Whilst Kigali itself is a colourful and chaotic city, it does not suffer from many of the problems of other African cities and is welcoming and clean (Rwanda has banned plastic bags and runs a number of buses on bio-fuel). Kigali also offers a good place from which to start or end your journey given its central location with a number of surprisingly great restaurants and cafes and a number of colourful markets keeping you busy.

Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda
Genocide memorial, Kigali, Rwanda
Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Rwanda

Why visit Kigali

  • Explore the Nyamirambo district, stopping at one of the lively bars and cafes
  • Visit the local handicraft co-operative at Capalki for some colourful souvenirs
  • Pay your respects at the moving – and very emotional – Genocide Memorial
  • Take in the views across the city at the State House and Natural History Museum
  • Once a month, the whole country gets involved with a national day of clearing up – known as Umuganda – streets are swept, rubbish cleared and neighbours welcomed. The Rwandese rightly take pride in their beautiful country.


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Cooking pots on fire, Nyamirambo District, Kigali, Rwanda

Nyamirambo Tour

Explore the Nyamirambo district, led by a community guide. Visit local cooperatives, shops and markets, learning the history of this Kigali neighbourhood.

Sunset over Kigali, Rwanda

Natural History Museum

Visit the small history museum hosted in the house of a German explorer, Richard Kandt and take in the views across Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali.

Basket weaving, Rwanda

Capalki Co-operative

Visit Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperative in Kigali city, a collection of around 40 small shops selling colourful locally made products.

Genocide memorial, Kigali, Rwanda

The Genocide Memorial

Pay your respects at the moving – and very emotional – Genocide Memorial in Kigali.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Hotel des Mille Collines £££££

  • Rwanda

Famous in the past as the star of the Oscar-nominated film, Hotel Rwanda, this modern and lively hotel is a fun place to relax in Kigali.

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Kigali Serena Hotel £££££

  • Rwanda
  • City

The former Intercontinental, the Kigali Serena Hotel sits very much in the business category of hotels, so with this comes a slick service and whole range of facilities. It is a little on the larger side with over 100 rooms, but they are all well turned out, clean and surprisingly big. When you step into the cavernous lobby, you know what you are getting, smiles, professionalism and incredibly helpful staff. Despite a more corporate feel than other options in the city, this is still a great choice if you want to catch up on a few home comforts before or after gorilla trekking and one of the most international hotels from a luxury point of view. It even has a gym and a pool, the former we doubt you’ll use, but the latter a nice spot to sit in the sun and relax before your flight home.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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