A small, bustling city at the heart of Rwanda. It is a busy and colourful capital city and possibly the cleanest in all of Africa – no litter here!
- Architecture: Kigali is a city of many faces with fantastically diverse architecture. The variety is fantastic, with beautiful, elegant buildings such as the Kandt House Museum found alongside modern edifices that exude innovative designs, evident in the Radisson Blu hotel’s illuminated dome.
- Genocide Memorial: The memorial in Kigali is the resting place of over 250,000 victims of the 100-day massacre. The message is: ‘Remembrance, Learning and Hope’, a reminder that this type of atrocity must never happen again. A visit here will remain with you for life. It is a moving, powerful, and informative insight into how the massacre unfolded and how the world stood by and watched.
- Crafts: There are a number of different craft villages dotted about the city where you can purchase beautifully woven baskets, intricate wood carvings and beaded goods. One such place is the Nyamirambo Women’s Centre, set up to provide victims of domestic abuse with a source of income.
- Culinary scene: Café culture is on the rise in Kigali. Brochettes, skewers of tasty, seasoned meat (usually goat) are served alongside sweet potato and bean dishes. Finish off with a tasty, sweet pastry and you’re all set.
- Art and fashion: Perhaps surprisingly, there is an expanding art and fashion scene in Kigali, but then this is the city with no boundaries, the phoenix that has risen from the ashes. It is considered a hip destination for up-and-coming artists with pop-up exhibitions, fashion shows and music venues a common occurrence.
- Umuganda: On the last Saturday of each month between 08:00 and 11:00 an adult from each household goes outside to clean, build, fix, do maintenance work in their neighbourhood. As well as bringing the country together it is a way of socialising and building community spirit.