Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda since 1965, it is an attractive city built within hills and with a chekered history. Since the Genocide in 1994, it has been reconstructed and now exudes an air of positiveness and growth. The main shopping and commercial area is around the Hotel Mille Collines, known for providing shelter during the genocide and portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda for the same reason. The city began life as a small, colonial outpost in 1907.
Kigali is one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals and has a pleasant, modorate climate despite it's tropical location. The city has 3 main districts Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge although most visitors stay in the city centre.
It is worth staying in the city for a day or two, activities are numerous and includes the following:
Richard Kandt's house
Old Kigali City - the inner city
Nyamirambo - the section of Kigali city that never goes to sleep
Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
Camp Kigali - another reality of the Rwandan Genocide; the site where the Belgian Blue Berets were killed on the onset of the Rwanda Genocide
Radio Television Libre des Milles Collines - the seat of the hate radio
Geological Meseum - a one stop centre where you can discover the Rwanda Minerals at a glance.
Kigali Genocide Memorial centre (Gisozi) - an excellent memorial portraying the Rwandan Genocide
Hero's Cemetry - Rwanda's Heroes
Caplaki - a large centre for Rwandan Crafts
The city boasts of some very up to date and luxurious hotels with a number of bed and breakfasts and excellent restaurants.
The entire city, despite its modernisation retains the feeling of being a garden city. The atmospheric Muslim quarters is well worth visiting as is a quick look around the the excellent suburbs. This is also the main entry and exit point for all flights in and out of Rwanda. It is also a base for Gorilla trekking in Rwanda.