Friday, November 16, 2012


The largest city in Rwanda, Kigali is the capital and one of the most popular tourist and business destinations in the region. The city is centuries old, and has been there since the 11th century. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and filled with a rich culture, history and many interesting attractions it is a great place to visit.
Also known as the Land of Eternal Spring, the city is famous for its surrounding spectacular views of the hills and mountains, but it is also renowned for the Genocide memorial centre plus a number of other attractions and sites to visit.

The genocide memorial centre is one of the most poignant parts of any trip to Rwanda, and anyone who doesn’t understand the magnitude of the genocide in 1994 needs to visit the centre when in Kigali. There are also two other museums, the Kandt House Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Rwanda.

Right at the heart of Rwanda, Kigali is centrally located, making it the ideal location for a country’s capital, and is home to about 1 million people. Kigali is known for its friendly and very welcoming people – something that they take pride in and proof that the country as well as the city has moved on dramatically since the genocide of 1994.

Kigali is made up of three districts Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge and wherever you stay you are sure to experience your own small piece of Rwandan culture, whether it is eating some of the Rwandan cuisine, dancing at one of the nightclubs or simply chatting to one of the locals and finding out more about the city.

Not a flat city, Kigali is a great place to visit if you love walking – just make sure that you pack sensible footwear as the city spreads across many hills and valleys! Other than walking, there are plenty of things to do on a relaxing day in the city. Visit the market and go shopping and buy some souvenirs of carvings and other art pieces, or arrange a trip to go gorilla trekking – you won’t regret it. 

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