Hotel Des Milles Collines

Ave de l'Armee / Ave de la Republique, Kigali, Rwanda

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    IS IT READY YET ?

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    This hotel is famous because the manager of the hotel in 1994, Paul Rusesabagina, gave shelter to 1000 Tutsis during the Genocide across Rwanda. Built in 1973, it is a world class 4 star hotel renowned for its pool bar and hang-out spot of many ex-pats. When I arrived in Kigali it was closed for complete renovations. When I returned it was partially opened and chaotic. It will be, no doubt, a completely modern wonder when completed. The rest of the narrative of this tip relies upon their website. Please enquire by email or telephone to make sure all is in readiness.

    There are 112 rooms and suites in the hotel and conference facilities for any business event. Below I have highlighted some of their key facilities.

    Statictics:
    Pool side rooms: 50
    City side rooms: 54
    Suites: 5
    Senior Suites: 3
    * Every room has a mini bar. Satellite TV, small safe, and laptop cables for internet access. There is wifi in parts of the hotel.

    PANAROMA RESTAURANT
    On the 4th floor with view over the city. You get a pianist and saxophonist whether you like it or not. French and international cuisine with a smart casual dress code. It is open for breakfast from 06:00 - 10:30 for breakfast and 19:00 - 23:00 for dinner.

    POOL BAR
    The star of the show. A decidedly casual affair with live music (type varies) on Tues. & Thurs. They have a daily lunch buffet then just snack and of course – drinks. Open from 10:00 - 24:00.

    STAN’S BAR
    This 4th floor establishment requires smart casual dress and offers live music. They are only open from 19:00 - 02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

    LEISURE FACILITIES
    * Swimming pool * Gym * Tennis court with lighting * Golf course nearby

    ADDITIONAL SERVICES
    * Business centre * Tours (including Gorilla Tracking) * Gift shop

    You can also pick up a free copy of ‘The Eye’ Magazine with listing of local events and restaurants.

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    Hotel Rwanda

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    The charm of the hotel personnel is unbeatable, the rooms are clean but are in need of refurbishment.

    Excellent cuisine and great view when having dinner at the Panorama rooftop restaurant.

    Unique Quality: The hotel became infamous in 1994, when more than a thousand refugees found a relatively safe heaven at the Mille Collines, whilst a genocide was raging throughout the country, leading to more than one million death.

    The story of the hotel and its inhabitants during those days should amount to a lesson for mankind and is best captured in the movie "Hotel Rwanda".

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THE EYE DOES NOT SEE ALL, BUT SOME

by DAO


I first discovered the FREE Eye Magazine in Uganda. Absolutely fantastic. Great descriptions of restaurants and reviews, current music or art events, even shopping tips. Well Kigali has the EYE, but it does not cover all that it could. It does have some good maps of Kigali and a few other major cities, some good stories, useful airport information and lots of business listings. Sadly it lacks informative restaurant and hotel descriptions and needs to have impactful reviews of restaurants.

It is still free, and it is still developing. Given time I am sure it will be more useful than it already is. There is lots of helpful information – especially if you are going to be here for a while.

It is available in all the better hotels in Kigali like the Hotel des Milles Collines.

THE EYE SEES ALL - WELL NOT EXACTLY

by DAO


I first discovered the FREE Eye Magazine in Uganda. Absolutely fantastic. Great descriptions of restaurants and reviews, current music or art events, even shopping tips. Well Rwanda has the EYE, but it does not cover all that it could. It does have some good maps of Kigali and a few other major cities, some good stories, useful Kigali Airport information and lots of business listings. It even has information about the national parks. Sadly it lacks informative restaurant and hotel descriptions and impactful reviews of restaurants.

It is still free, and it is still developing. Given time I am sure it will be more useful than it already is. There is lots of helpful information – especially if you are going to be here for a while.

It is available in all the better hotels in Kigali like the Hotel des Milles Collines.

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

by mikeojohnson

"Rwanda"

The first leg of our journey was to Rwanda to trek into the Virunga Mountains and find the very rare mountain gorillas. We flew into Kigali and spent the night at a hotel famous for housing a lot of meetings with Diane Fossey as she began her quest to save the gorillas from extinction, the Hotel Des Milles Collines.

Teeming with People in Motion
I have two images of Rwanda outside of the gorilla experiences. The first is the density of the population coupled with the lack of motor vehicles. Everywhere we went over the course of the four days we were there we traveled paved and dirt roads lined with people walking or riding bicycles to get to or from the market. Rwanda is the most populous country in Africa on a people per square mile basis. It is also a very agricultural country with all of the crops tended and transported by hand. Women work the fields. Some of the men help but many are totally unemployed and spend the day at the “tavern” by the local market drinking cheap sorghum based beer. Children are everywhere. It seems that if human muscle is the energy source for getting work done it is in a family’s interest to have a lot of kids. Since a genocidal conflict about ten years ago wiped out about 10% of the country’s population, there are a lot of orphans. But my impressions were not negative. We spent all of our time in the mountainous countryside and the people all seemed friendly and happy. Women wear very colorful clothing and can be seen along the paths carrying incredible loads balanced on the top of their heads. Male clothing is non-descript with a lot of old U.S. tee shirts visible. Bare feet are the norm. We brought school supplies as gifts for the local school and Ruth delivered them.

"Beautiful landscape"

The second overall image is of the landscape. Rwanda is a mountainous country with the mountains being formed by volcanoes. The soil is a rich reddish brown color and the mountainsides and valleys looked like a patchwork quilt of fields with the different crops they grew. Most everywhere you turned was a beautiful vista.

"The Gorillas"

The mountain gorillas were the focal point of the entire trip and I’m glad we went there first. There are fewer than 700 gorillas left and none in captivity. Fortunately, the people of Rwanda, Uganda and, to some extent, the Congo have realized the importance of protecting and preserving this small group and, through the efforts of Diane Fossey and others have developed what appears to be a very strong conservation approach using tourist dollars to fund their efforts.
The first comment on the experience of being with the gorillas is the physical exertion necessary to get to their location. They inhabit a relatively small geographic area between 9 and 12 thousand feet above sea level in the Virunga chain of volcanic peaks. You drive to a park entrance and meet a guide to begin the trek. We had passes for two days and went to different places each day. When we checked into the camp office to present our passes we were assigned one of four gorilla families to visit. Each morning, trackers had gone out early to locate the families so our guides knew roughly where we would be going. Each day’s trek was different, but both were very strenuous. On day one, we hiked up the Bisoke volcano for approximately 2 ½ hours. By we I mean the six of us, two guides and seven porters carrying our packs with mostly cameras but also water and lunch. The terrain is very rugged with no trails to speak of. After we got to the right height, the guides who are in contact with four trackers by radio located the Amohoro family consisting of 9 animals across a small valley and up on a hillside. So, off we go. Down into the valley and up the hillside. I remember most the density of the rainforest at this location and that we mostly walked on vines which were slippery. When we finally got to the location the guides and trackers would move us around so that we could get the best view of the family without disturbing them. Trying to maintain a stable position from which to shoot photos seemed like as much effort as hiking to the place. But it was worth it as we spent the hour with almost the entire family. We got to shoot the family leader, Ubumwe, called the silverback, from a number of angles and I got one of my favorite shots of his face appearing to stick his tongue out at me. The young ones are very playful and one of them went rolling by Tanner and reached out to touch her. It was quite a sight. After one hour we had to leave as they have strict rules about viewing and contact. Gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases and we were careful to not pass on germs. The hike back was also very strenuous but we were going down all the way so it was easier. We were all also pumped up from the excitement of the experience with the gorillas. Along the way we stopped for lunch and then headed back down. At the bottom of the trek we walked through farm fields and there were children everywhere waving, yelling and asking for money. We bought some hand drawn pictures of the gorillas from the children.
I was impressed by the quality of the guides. They were very knowledgeable about the animals and their environment and had both spent several years with the gorillas. There is an emphasis on conservation and a visible awareness of the uniqueness of the resource. I read somewhere that the gorilla tourism produced the second largest source of foreign exchange for the country. Imagine, 30 permits per day.

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