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Kigali City, Rwanda

 

 Rwanda is a small country, with its modern capital, Kigali a pleasant safe city and important business centre which ranges over several hills, at the centre. From here the roads radiate outwards, like the spokes of a wheel, and hence on most Rwanda holidays you'll occasionally spend a night here as part of any itinerary. The several hills scattered over the city keep visitors occupied for a couple of days and are easy to walk around with plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants for sustenance.

One of the first things most people notice is that, particularly for an African city, Kigali is spotlessly clean, partly because plastic bags are banned in the country but also because of a universal service called Umuganda when everyone gets together on the last Saturday morning of each month working on community projects like keeping streets clean, tending to gardens and helping neighbors. Do bear this in mind should you be on holiday in Rwanda during this time – many shops and businesses will be closed for the morning take time to experience this service hands on it you like.

Kigali has relatively few tourists but those that take the time to explore the city are rewarded by a friendly response from locals and a more rounded insight into the country as a whole.

Kigali City, which was started in 1907 under German rule as a small colonial outpost with little link to the outside world, is now more than 100 years old. Today, Kigali City has come of age as the capital of Rwanda and made phenomenal strides. It is a city that has not just survived, but has prevailed and grown into a modern metropolis with free Wi-Fi hotspots in most public places.

Although (like all of Rwanda) it saw difficult and hard times through the genocide in 1994 and as power changed hands subsequently, Kigali now has a pleasant, buoyant air and is among the safest and friendliest of African capitals. Kigali City is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate that belies its tropical location, and is conveniently located within three hours drive of the main tourist sites. The Rwandan capital provides both a comfortable and welcoming introduction to this land of a thousand hills and an ideal springboard from which to explore this magical country.


Why Visit Kigali City, Rwanda.

  • As a stopover place at the start, end or between safari destinations.
  • The cleanliness comfort ability and orderliness of the city.
  • Take part in the countries Umuganda when everyone gets together on the last Saturday morning of each month to work on community projects.
  • The friendly and happy local people who live in the city.
  • Visit a city that has free Wi-Fi in most public places.
  • Learn about the cities rich colonial history while exploring the city.
  • Visit the Kigali Genoside Museum to learn about the horrors of Rwanda's yester years.
  • Visit the Presidential Palace Museum and learn about an African dictator who lived in the 1970's and 80's.
  • Shop in Rwanda's bustling markets and shopping malls,
  • The town is continently located about 3 hours drive from most touristic destinations.

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