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Sunset over Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali

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.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Nyamirambo Tour

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

Natural History Museum

Take in the views across the city at the State House and Natural History Museum.

Capalki Co-operative

Visit the local handicraft co-operative at Capalki for some colourful souvenirs.

The Genocide Memorial

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

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Accommodation

Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

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. The small, pool and bar area serves delicious snacks, washed down with a great selection of local beers against a soundtrack of excellent live music, so retains a good local flavour. The rooms are pretty slick and functional, but much more welcoming than the size of the building would suggest. For those wanting a little more peace, the covered, open-sided rooftop restaurant offers views, fine dining and fresh air.

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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.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.

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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. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.

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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.

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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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