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Rwanda's Vibrant Capital

Embark on an ultimate adventure to the captivating city of Kigali. Often overlooked as just a one-night stopover, Kigali was named as one of TIME's World's Greatest Places 2022 and deserves much more space on your itinerary. With its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Kigali has transformed into a vibrant cosmopolitan destination, offering a unique blend of art, culture, and delicious cuisine. As one of the cleanest and safest cities in Africa, Kigali is the perfect place to relax in the comfort of some of Rwanda's finest accommodations. Don't settle for just a stopover on your way to see the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, book your extended luxury adventure to Kigali today!

Enjoy unique and personal art tour of local Rwandan artists in Kigali.
Enjoy unique and personal art tour of local Rwandan artists in Kigali.

Activities in Kigali

Kigali Genocide Memorial

The history of Kigali and Rwanda is complex and tragic, but visiting The Kigali Genocide Memorial provides a unique insight into the country's post-genocide recovery. Reminders of the 1994 events, including memorial churches where thousands sought refuge, can be found throughout the city. Learning about this difficult chapter in Rwanda's history is crucial as many locals believe the world ignored their country during its darkest moments. The Kigali Genocide Memorial is a must-visit site for anyone traveling to Rwanda. It provides a space for remembrance and reflection, and offers a deeper understanding of the tragedy and its ongoing impact on the country and its people.

Neighborhood Walk Experience

Join an exclusive tour through the vibrant culture and local life of Kigali. An expert guide will escort you on a leisurely stroll through the charming residential neighborhood of Kiyovu, taking you past the presidential compound, up the picturesque tree-lined streets to the iconic Hotel des Milles Collines (Hotel Rwanda), and culminating at the hauntingly beautiful Camp Kigali Memorial. This unique experience offers our guests a personal and educational insight into the rich history and heritage of Rwanda, including the profound impact of the genocide.

Explore the Art Scene

The city's artistic heritage began with the opening of its first art gallery, Ivuka Arts, in the charming neighborhood of Kacyiru in 2007. Today, Kigali boasts almost 10 galleries, each showcasing the works of talented and up-and-coming artists. One of the most highly acclaimed galleries is Yego Arts, renowned for its packed calendar of events and stunning exhibitions. Another gem of the art scene is the Niyo Art Gallery, where artists generously donate a portion of their profits to the Niyo Cultural Center, providing support for street kids to learn music, dance, and drumming. 

Shop at Kimironko market

Immerse yourself in its bustling local market scene with a visit to Kimironko Market. As one of the city's largest and most renowned markets, this covered complex offers a luxurious shopping experience like no other. Browse through a diverse array of goods, including the finest second-hand clothing, the freshest produce, succulent fish, stunning fabrics, and the most exquisite baskets. Take your time to indulge in the art of bargaining as you haggle for the finest avocados before picking up gifts for your loved ones. Don't miss out on the opportunity to bring home a piece of local culture with the stunning and unique Agaseke baskets, sold by the dozen at Kimironko.

Visit a Milk Bar

Experience the rich cultural heritage of Rwanda as you sample the finest milk at a traditional milk bar. In Rwandan culture, cows symbolize wealth, prosperity, and identity, and their significance extends to the cultural importance of milk. Savor the authentic flavor of fresh milk at one of Kigali's classic milk bars, found in the Nyamirambo or Kimisagara neighborhoods. These small shops are designated with the "Amata Meza" (fresh milk in Kinyarwanda) sign and a cow illustration on the door, ensuring a delightful cultural experience for our guests.

Banana Beer Making Workshop

In a hands-on workshop, guests are taught the traditional art of making banana beer, known as "urwagwa" in Kinyarwanda. The process begins with mashing bananas and continues with grinding and toasting sorghum, finally concluding with the fermentation process. At the end of the workshop, guests are invited to sample the beer they helped create.

Embrace the Lush Green Spaces

After a day navigating the city's steep streets, unwind in the tranquil surroundings of its parks and gardens. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of one of Africa's cleanest cities, proudly boasting a ban on plastic bags. Admire the city's magnificent architecture, from the historic charm of the Kandt House Museum and its elegant stonework and sprawling gardens to the modern elegance of the illuminated Radisson Blu hotel. With the recent decline in traffic on the city's roads and the introduction of a government-funded e-bike scheme, Kigali promises a serene and serene experience for our discerning travelers.



Where to Stay

The Retreat

The Retreat Luxury Accommodation Kigali Rwanda
Luxury Pool Villa at The Retreat

The Retreat offers the ultimate in luxury during your stay in Kigali, hailed as one of the top new hotels in the world in 2018 by Town & Country and The New York Times. This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® approved hotel, is a true gem nestled on a tree-lined street just steps from Kigali City Center. Guests can indulge in farm-to-table international cuisine at Fusion Restaurant and its Swahili-inspired bar, or ascend the "Stairway to Heaven" to experience Heaven Restaurant's innovative modern African menu. The Retreat recently recieved royal approval from King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort during their 2022 visit to Kigali.


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