Busy streets of Kigali

Travel to Kigali – Friendly African Capital

Located in the geographical heart of Rwanda, Kigali is not only the capital of the country but also the main international gateway. Blessed with a moderate high altitude climate it is also very conveniently situated within 3 hours’ drive of Rwanda’s main places of interest, providing an ideal springboard from which to explore the country. Sprawling over verdant slopes, Kigali has the feel of a garden city with leafy avenues and a compact low-rise city centre.

Founded just over a hundred years ago in 1907 under German colonial rule, Kigali only became capital in 1962 at the time of Rwandan independence. Chosen for its more central location over Butare, the then colonial seat of power, the city has grown rapidly and is now the leading economic, cultural and political centre of the country.

Kigali has few attractions of note however the city centre surrounds a busy and typically colourful market, with local craft stalls aplenty. Kigali also has an atmospheric Muslim quarter which is well worth a visit.

For those without their own private transport, a taxi booked through your hotel is the safest and most reliable way to get around the city.

  • Explore the atmospheric Muslim quarter and network of leafy avenues that wind out of the town centre
  • Find a favourite restaurant and enjoy fine food which reflects the country’s historial links with Belgium
  • One of Africa’s friendliest capitals, providing a pleasant start and end point to a Rwandan safari


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