Kigali Travel Guide

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    Kigali Airport by night
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Kigali Things to Do

  • MY FAVOURITE BUREAU DE CHANGE

    FOREX-BUREAU ICYIZERE is a great place to change money in Kigali. They give top rates, are friendly and also quick. Just go in, sit down, hand the money over and about 1 minute later you are out the door with Rwandan Francs. There is no paperwork to do and the receipt takes seconds for them to produce. They do give a lower rate than their outside...

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  • THE TOURIST OFFICE & GORILLA PERMITS

    The Rwanda Tourism Board is known as ORTPN (Office Rwandaise du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux). Their offices here in Kigali and Musanze are the only way you can obtain a permit to tack the Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys in Rwanda. Primarily they function as your source of information about the national parks in Rwanda. It was founded in...

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  • EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN FOOD AND STUFF !

    Are you going to be here for a while? Do you just have to have a certain kind of chocolate, coffee, shampoo, or baby formula? Euro Foods (La Colombe) is the pace to find European and North American brands of packaged foods, drinks, beauty products and even baby care items with the brands you know best. They are friendly and their prices on many...

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  • THE EYE DOES NOT SEE ALL, BUT SOME

    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...

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  • Mountain Gorillas

    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...

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  • The Belgian Monument II

    Under the command of Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, they were deployed to guard the house of moderate Prime Minister Agatha Uwilingimana. After the violence began, Presidential Guard soldiers invaded the home, disarmed the Belgians and transported them to Camp Kigali where they killed them. The majority were killed inside the building when two...

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  • The Belgian Monument

    8 Belgian soldiers became victim of the genocide on the 7th of April 1994 the first day of violence. This monument which displays one stone pillar per soldier with the age marked as a line inside the pillow remembers those 8.

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  • The Rwanda Parliament – Shell Holes

    From the distance the parliament would appear like any other normal parliament in the world, yet there are shell holes in the town facing side of the parliament. Rebels occupied the parliament and government troops fired rockets onto the parliament to recover the parliament. Hence today those scares from the civil war are still visible.

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  • The Rwanda Parliament

    The Rwanda Parliament was inaugurated by General Major Habyarimana on July 28th, 1989. It began its activities on October 10, 2003, after swearing ceremony of members of two chambers the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The Chamber of deputies is composed of by 80 members.

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  • Hotel Rwanda

    The Oscar awarded cinema film Hotel Rwanda showed the bravery of a hotel manager who managed to save over 2000 people by hiding them in the grounds of the Hotel des Mille Collines. Food was sparse and the victims drank the water out of the swimming pool to survive. The Mille Collines is still a popular hotel in Kigali

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  • Genocide Memorial – Mass Graves

    In Kigali thousands of Tutsis were butchered and left at the side of the street to die. Many mass graves have been discovered in recent years, and since many of the victims had no form of identification, and in some stages the entire family had been wiped out most of the deceased still remain in mass graves. Several of those can be found on the...

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  • Genocide Memorial – Children

    The brutality during the time of the genocide did not make stop at children, toddlers and even babies who were butchered, hacked, shot and mutilated. One section of the genocide memorial is dedicated to the children, those who were killed and others who survived and were able to share their experiences. This section of the memorial was the most...

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Kigali Hotels

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Kigali Restaurants

  • Good Chinese food with a great view

    The food was tasty, I liked the cashew nut chicken and the Sweet and Sour pork. The spring rolls where also good, I also ordered fried noodles with vegetables. The service was also very fast and proffesional, it also had a friendly touch to the service and I have been going back there multiple times. The fried Banana Balls is my favorite.

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  • A PERFECT 10 FOR 10

    This is the best Ethiopian Restaurant in Kigali. It may actually be the only one, but you do not want to miss this restaurant if you love Ethiopian food. If you have never tried Ethiopian food then you have an amazing opportunity to sample Ethiopian cuisine at its finest. I had a chance to meet some of the staff earlier in the day before I came to...

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  • Best restaurant in Kigali

    By far the best restaurant in Kigali is Heaven. It serves creative and well-prepared American and Continental main dishes, and has an amazing dessert menu. There's a full bar and an unusually comprehensive wine list for this part of the world, with prices comparable to those at a Western restaurant of equivalent quality. Omnivores and vegetarians...

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Kigali Nightlife

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    the large 'famous' circle near KBC

    by nsbm Written Jun 28, 2005

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    The KBC or Kigali Business Centre houses the Planet Cinema, CAfe and Nightclub ...all next to each other.
    The Nightclub is well healed and is popular with young rich rwandans and expats.
    The drinks are pricey but the music is western pop and east african vibes,all catchy
    The dance floor is compact with a large mirror on one side. It was weird as all the young Rwandaise dressed trendily and dancing rhythmically would all face the mirror and dance with their images!!! all nite!
    Also its quite common to see the young men gyrate on and with each other, a bit tantalizing and curious as young girls are not supposed to openly cavort with the males,but some modern ones do.
    The nite starts late and goes till dawn ....Kigali nite spots are definitely happening..I went on a wednesday and it was packed.....take a dance!

    Dress Code: Smart casual, no door people but on the weekend which starts Thursday thru to Sunday inclusive its supposedly paacked. Once you look foreign.no problemo

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Kigali Transportation

  • THE ROAD TRIP TO BURUNDI AND BUTARE

    Ok. So you want to go from Kigali to Butare in the south or even cross the border and go to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. There used to be 2 bus lines called variations of Yahoo! Car Express. Now there is just the one called New Yahoo! Car Express. Sometime shortened or called another variation depending of the signs in some of their...

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  • TAXI MOTO !

    Want a cheap, quick and even SAFE way to get around? Take a motorcycle taxi! No, really. Known as ‘Taxi Moto’ they are actually regulated across most of Rwanda. You will see these guys scooting around in their green jackets, helmets with ID numbers, AND an extra helmet for you! They belong to a Union known as ASSETAMORWA (Abayobozi b'Ishyirahamwe...

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Kigali Shopping

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  • THE LIONS HAVE IT !

    Just follow the 2 stone lions in front and you will discover the Simba Supermarket. Simba is actually a hyper-market with just about everything including an ATM that sometime works. They offer everything from a fresh bakery, butchery, cheeses, produce, housewares, wine/spirits, cleaners, sweets, sauces and tinned food. They also have a large...

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  • THE BIG SUPERMARKET - 24/7

    Nakumatt is the only 24-hour grocery store in Rwanda. Part of a large Kenya based chain, it offers just about everything. It’s actually a department store offering everything from stationery, appliances, electronics, bedding, camping equipment and household plastics. Did I mention it sells food? Oh, yes it does.They have a German Butchery. Let’s...

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  • Local Arts and Craft

    A small art market right in the city centre offers the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and handicraft produced locally. Word of caution though prices are inflated and you should negotiate!

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Kigali Local Customs

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    by DAO Updated Dec 1, 2009

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    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!

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Kigali Warnings and Dangers

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    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 22, 2008

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    Being close to the equator any summer day ends with a huge thunder storm. I walked around Kigali when the next moment the sky opened and it was literally poring buckets, with streets being flooded and everyone seeking shelter in entrances of buildings and shops.

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Kigali Tourist Traps

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    Kigali does not have a lot of ‘public’ toilets and they all charge. Get 100 Rwandan Francs ready as this seems to be the going rate. If you can find one of the better hotels, like the Hotel des Milles Collines they have nice free toilets in their lobbies. You might find a bar or restaurant that might let you. Overall Kigali is very spread out and so are the hotels.

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    Better keep a few 100 Franc coins with you!

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Kigali Favorites

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    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: 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!

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  • Aug 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    How did the Government initiate these street cleaning and other civic pride initiatives?

 
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