City Guide, Kigali
Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda. Kigali is Rwanda's biggest city with a
population of 850,000, it's also the commercial capital of the country. Kigali was
founded by the Germans in 1907 but only became Rwanda's capital when the country
became independent (from Belgium) in 1962.
Since 1994, Kigali has slowly been rebuilt and incomes from tourism (mostly coming
to see the gorillas) as well as numerous aid workers have buoyed the capital's economy.
Kigali is a relatively safe and sophisticated small city; it has come a long way
in a short time. Kigali is a pretty city which sprawls over several hills, its avenues
are filled with flowering trees and it is surrounded by lush green mountains.
Kigali is often the first stop for tourists coming to see the gorillas in the
Parc National Des Volcans (about 3 hrs drive from Kigali). Kigali has a few interesting
sights easily reached by taxi, they include:
- Kigali Genocide Memorial Center contains a permanent exhibition of the genocide.
The center is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried.
- Caplaki - market stalls where you can shop for woodcarvings, drums, baskets
and ceramics. Prices start high, so be prepared to bargain.
Culture and entertainment
Kigali has various forms of entertainment which include dance,
music and films. Mostly depend on the folk music and dancing culture for their entertainment
purposes. These entertaining performances are held at the wedding ceremonies and
various religious occasions.
In modern Kigali as it is today, people enjoy various forms of music and entertainment
which include dance, music and movies. On the culture side, Rwandans greatly depend
on the folk music and dancing culture for their entertainment purposes and the traditional
dancers called Intore are hugely admired. These entertaining performances are held
in wedding ceremonies and various occasions.
The most awaited events in Rwanda are the Rwanda Film Festval and the Pan African
festival of dance and music known as Fespad.
Food and drink
For People living in Kigali or visiting kigali City, there is a good selection
of cafes and restaurants in Kigali city to choose from. Some of them are bourbon
: All produce at bourbon coffee is sourced within Rwanda, including a wide range
of coffee and tea as well as delicious ice-cold fruit smoothers and mouth-watering
cakes. It’s good for hot snacks too with paninis, sandwiches and chips all