Vibrant, colourful and ever-evolving, Kigali is a city with its eyes firmly on the future. Modernity is hard-wired into its DNA thanks to a relatively short history: founded in 1907, it only became the capital post-independence in 1962, mainly because of its location right in the heart of the country. Draped across verdant hills and valleys, its impressively pristine streets and tree-lined boulevards are flanked by the sort of gleaming contemporary architecture that has helped to earn it the label of ‘the Singapore of Africa’. It even has a similar reputation for safety and a growing name for high-tech innovation.
As with the rest of Rwanda, it was deeply touched by the tragic events of the Civil War, commemorated with quiet dignity and profound impact at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. But as you wander the bustling streets, dipping into lively markets, chic art galleries and designer eco-fashion shops, and pausing at laidback cafés or bars to check out the wildly creative local music scene, there’s a palpable, inspiring sense that this is a place whose 1.3 million-and-counting inhabitants have chosen to forgive and move on.
Get under the skin of Rwanda’s engaging capital with help from our destination experts, who can connect you with clued-up local guides and arrange your perfect hotel.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Vicki, who's travelled extensively in Rwanda. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the guides who track mountain gorillas day and night to ensure you get the best sightings, the Kigalians who'll give you a real insight into their vibrant city and the coffee-growers who'll tutor you in the art of tasting.
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