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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.

Tourist Attraction

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 available.

Kigali Map

City Office
City: Kigali
Country: Rwandese Republic
Address: Boulevard De La Revolution Banque Rwandaise De dev
Mailing address: P.O. Box 385, Kigali
E-mail: kgletam@rwanda1.com
Phone: (250) 575045/570440/570442
Fax: (250) 570441
Working hours: Mon - Fri: 08:00-12:00 / 02:00-05:00
Sat: 08:00-12:00Pm

Airport Office
Airport: Kigali Gregpore Kayi
Address: Departure Terminal, Off No. DL029 Dubai International
Mailing address: Departure Terminal, Off No. DL029 Dubai International
Phone: 514296

Company: Satguru International (Rwanda) SARL
Address: Rwanda Kigali
Phone: 250-573079
E-mail a_chandirani@satgurutravel.com

Kigali International Airport Map

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