Kigali Serena Hotel

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Boulevard de la Revolution, Central Kigali, P.O. Box 7469, Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali Serena Hotel
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what to see in Kigali

by crobinc2003

I'm visiting Kigali for a few weeks and wanted to get some suggestions on where to visit in town. Are their some restaurants I should know about? What souvenirs is the area known for?

Re: what to see in Kigali

by corneevanwageningen

Hi, I will be travelling to Kigali for work & holiday starting next Saturday to 2nd June. If you're in town during this time, we could possibly explore the city together? I am a 26 year old Dutch female. Bye bye, Cornee

Travel Tips for Kigali


by MikeAtSea

We are in the heart of Africa – if you look at the streets you would not imagine it. Stretches of Kigali are so clean that you could eat of the ground. Even areas of trading and markets are astonishingly sparkling – and it shows that the current administration really has their hands on the grounds!


by DAO

Kigali is not only one of the cleanest cities in Africa- it is also one of the cleanest capital cities in the world. This is not by accident. The government of the city of Kigali have spent a lot of time and money in introducing nice litter bins (pictured) throughout the city. In addition there have been several campaigns to get the residents to not throw rubbish in the street and to clean it up. I not only saw city employed street cleaners – I saw many businesses cleaning the streets near their shops – daily. There is a real civic pride in Kigali and its cleanliness. Please hold on to it until you can find a suitable container. Even in shared taxis and buses the passengers took it with them. I was impressed immediately with the cleanliness of the city and I urge you to do your part. Kigali has more than 300,000 residents and it puts my own home city of less than a third that size to complete shame.

Well done Kigali!

Mountain Gorillas

by MikeAtSea

One of the most unique experiences is seeing some of the few mountain gorillas that are left in the world. The hike through the rain forest in the Volcano National Park is an absolutley stunning experience and coming near to our closest relatives is a unique and thrilling experience.
Demand to visit the Gorillas is high - hence ensure that you book your permit well in advance.

Kigali – Capital of the Country of the 1000 Hills

by MikeAtSea

Upon my arrival to Kigali, the Rwandan capital I was not sure what to expect. Any trip to this part of the world will undoubtedly be associated with the cinema film “Hotel Rwanda” or the pictures that were broadcasted around the globe in 1994 and before.
The first sight of Kigali was a modern airport and immaculate roads and a city that had just gone to sleep – due to my late evening arrival. At dawn suddenly a magnificent capital city emerged, clean, prosperous, and peaceful. Was that the Kigali of the horror headlines and the genocide? It could not have been.

Kigali was part of German East Africa from 1899 to 1916. In 1923 it passed to Belgian control as part of the Ruanda-Urundi territory administered by Belgium for the League of Nations from 1923 to 1946 and the United Nations from 1946 to 1962. When the trust territory was divided in 1962 to form the independent nations of Rwanda and Burundi, Kigali became the capital of Rwanda.
In April 1994 Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira were killed in a suspicious plane crash near Kigali. After the crash, violence erupted in Kigali between Rwanda's two main ethnic groups, the Hutu and Tutsi. Under the terms of a peace accord reached in 1993 between Habyarimana and the Tutsi-dominated rebel movement, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the United Nations had already sent peacekeeping troops to Rwanda. However, at the height of the violence, the UN forces, lacking a mandate to protect civilians, abandoned the capital, and many residents were killed or forced to flee. The killing in Rwanda was so bad that thousands of people lay dead littering the streets – the total is estimated to be more then 1.000.000 people mostly of Tutsi origin that were butchered in 100 days and 90% of the Rwanda population was displaced in refugee camps all over the region.
As peace arrived its citizens returned gradually, and the city’s damaged infrastructure and buildings were repaired – to make place of what one can see today – a bustling, friendly and astonishing enough one of the safest cities of Africa!

Ruanda 2

by chmy

"Fortsetzung "In the Jungle...""

Wir entscheiden uns dann fuer die abenteuerliche Variante: die hier weit verbreiteten Motorradtaxis. Es wurden also zwei Motorraeder aus dem naechsten Ort geordert, wir todesmutig hinten aufgestiegen und ab gig’s in en Wald. Haette mein Helm gepasst, haette ich den Spass wahrscheinlich richtig genossen, aber so waren wir froh, dass wir nach einer dreiviertel Stunde heil am Startpunkt unsrer Aktivitaeten angekommen sind.
Wir hatten vor, eine grosse Truppe Colobus Monkeys zu trekken, bekamen von unsrem Guide die hier obligatorischen langen Wanderstoecke ausgehaendigt und sollten heute auch lernen, wie praktisch diese sein koennen.
Zunaechst ging es noch sehr moderat auf einem ordentlichen Weg, der zwar etwas rutschig und teilweise auch steil war, los, aber nach kurzer Zeit bog unser Guide, nachdem er sich mit den Trekkern, die die Affengruppe den ganzen Tag verfolgen und beobachten, kurzgeschlossen hat, einfach von diesem Weg ins Unterholz ab.
Jetzt konnten wir es auch sehen oder vielmehr erahnen: ein feiner Trampelpfad schlaengelte sich durch den mannshohen Farn. Wir rutschten unschlitterten mehr als das wir festen Boden unter den Fuessen gehabt haetten.
Als wir auf die Trekker stiessen, gab es dann auch kleinen Trampelpfad mehr. Nur mit Muehe fanden wir mithilfe unserer Wanderstoecke Halt im Matsch und Gestruepp. Aber das Gefuehl war grossartig. Wir kamen uns vor, als wandelten wir auf den Spuren Livingstones auf der Suche nach der Quelle des Nils. Und als wir dann auf die Colobusmonkeys stiesse, die alles andere sind als an Menschen gewoehnt, kamen wir uns vor, wie ueberhaupt die ersten Weissen in diesem echten Dschungel.
Auf unserem Rueckweg fing es dann natuerlich auch noch an zu regnen, denn wie man uns vorher gesagt hatte, handelt es sich beim Nyungwe Forest um einen “rainy Rainforest”.
Voellig durchnaesst, von oben bis unten dreckig und erschoepft, aber sehr gluecklich und zufrieden erreichten wir unser Guesthouse.


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