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    Tourists Guide To Kigali & General Information

    Kigali is the Capital City of Rwanda, and is the largest populated City in the Country. It is situated almost in the middle of Rwanda, and has been the Capital since the Country gained independence in 1962.

    An Overview & Informative Guide To Kigali

    Kigali was the scene of the terrible Rwandan Genocide that saw nearly 1 million people perish. The City was founded in 1907, and its current population exceeds 1 million.

    What You Need To Know About Kigali

    There are a few important things to take note of when travelling to Kigali.

    When Is The Best Time To Visit Kigali?

    September to February are the best times to visit Kigali and Rwanda, especially if you are looking to see Gorillas and Chimpanzees.

    Do I Need A Visa To Visit Kigali?

    You will need a Visa to enter Kigali and Rwanda if you are not from South Africa, Burundi, Canada, Sweden, DRC, Germany, Uganda, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius and the USA.

    What Should I Pack To Visit Kigali?

    Depending on what time of year you are travelling to Kigali will influence what you need to pack. Generally summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with. Insect repellent is a must.

    Do I Need Vaccinations To Visit Kigali?

    You need to make sure you are up to date with all your routine vaccinations, and you will need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Anti-malaria tablets are also advised, and it is best to consult your GP regarding this.

    Transport & How To Get Around Kigali?

    Kigali International is the airport in the City, and has regular flights to destinations all over the World. It is best to organize your own transport via a rented car or your Hotel. Public transportation in Kigali can be a bit overwhelming for visitors, so consult your booking or travel agent prior to your visit.

    Attractions And Places To Visit In Kigali

    Kigali is centrally located in the middle of Rwanda and is the Country’s largest and Capital City. The City is fast developing in order to attract more tourists and foreign investors.

    Where To Go When Visiting Kigali?

    Kigali is an interesting City and there are a few things to do to keep you busy and entertained. There is a Ballet school where one can go and join or just watch how this dance is performed.

    The Zenora Wellness Centre is a much-loved place and a variety of beauty treatments are done here, to help you feel pampered and proper on your holiday.

    You can also try your hand at some ten-pin bowling or visit Gisozi, a 10 kilometer running circuit that has some great views over the many rice paddies that engulf Kigali.

    The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre was opened in 2004, on a day that marked the 10th anniversary of the terrible events that happened. More than 200 000 people are buried here, and there are memorials for all the lost ones. The museum is really heart warming, and shows the struggle the people of Kigali and Rwanda had to go through. Entrance is free, but if you have a bit extra, donate it to the museum to help them with the upkeep. It will be greatly appreciated.

    The Precedential Palace Museum gives you an insight into the life and style of African dictatorship. The guided tour will take you through a host of interesting areas and show you some fascinating, and sometimes shocking, pieces of history.

    How Old Is Kigali?

    Kigali was founded in 1907, and became the Capital City of Rwanda after it’s independence in 1962.

    Where Can I Go To Eat In Kigali?

    Kigali has some great hotels and restaurants to enjoy some fine dining. There are also many fast food outlets if you do not feel like a sit down meal.

    The top 5 restaurants in Kigali are:

    • L’epicurien
    • Brachetto Restaurant
    • Khana Khazana
    • Blueberry
    • Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel

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