Kigali, the capital city, is a real treat to not only a first time visitor to Africa, but also to a well-seasoned Africa traveller. The immediate notable aspect of the city being its overwhelming hospitality, organisation and cleanliness.
Kigali is a truly vibrant place and conveniently, as the starting point to 99% of trips, it is located in the geographic centre of the country making access to most areas of Rwanda within a maximum half a day drive. Akagera National Park is around 2.5-3 hours drive away, Volcanoes National Park and Lake Kivu a similar time away, with Nyungwe National Park around 5 hours away.
The city safe and clean, with extremely welcoming people. You will find in most trips a night or even 2 or 3 maybe spent here and we recommend exploring the cultural activities on offer including several museums, its burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa's most exciting and fun restaurants. Our pick for accommodation in the city would be the Kigali Serena.
Tailormade Africa feel a trip to the Genocide Museum in Kigali is essential to understand the past, present and the future of this remarkable country. The people of Rwanda embrace reconciliation and peace and on the whole are very open about the 1994 Genocide. The Museum was inaugurated on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and the Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi is where 259,000 victims have been buried. This memorial also serves to educate about how the 1994 Genocide against took shape and examines genocide in the 20th century. There are memorials found throughout the country and these are moving testimonies in memory of the people who died. We feel it is important to understand the history before exploring the country and seeing how far Rwanda has come in the past two decades. Find out more on the Kigali Genocide Memorial here - http://www.kgm.rw/