Kigali is built over the ‘thousand hills’ of Rwanda, which means that almost no matter where you look, you will find yourself with incredible views. The city has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; and now boasts delicious restaurants, modern office blocks and lively nightlife. In general, Kigali is renowned for being organised, clean, safe, and fun (if you know where to look!). We hope you enjoy it as much as we do...
• Nyamirambo’s Women Centre offers affordable walking tours of Kigali’s most vibrant neighbourhood and gives an interesting insight into urban life in Rwanda. The centre also has a cute shop with crafts/clothing. NWC also offer half-day cooking classes and basket-weaving classes which are definitely worth checking out!
• Azizi Life organise a number of “experiences” that aim to give an insight into daily life in rural Rwanda as well as craft classes.
• Talking Through Art is a social enterprise aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities. They offer a variety of very affordable walking tours through the Kigali neighbourhood of Gikondo.
• Go Kigali is the original Kigali tour company, covering a large array of neighborhoods and activities in Kigali. This very professional tour can either be a full day (85 USD/person) or half-day (55 USD/person).
• Question Coffee serves the best coffee in the city, and they also offer a tour to show how their coffee is produced by smallholder female farmers, as well as offering a variety of coffee "masterclasses".
SPORTS IN KIGALI
• Go swimming! There are plenty of outdoor pools across the city to enjoy on a sunny day. Our favourite is Hôtel des Mille Collines (“Hotel Rwanda”) which charges 7,000rwf for non guests. The pools at Marriott and Serena are also popular.
• You can hike up Mount Kigali to get an incredible view of the city. You can go horseback riding, and also do archery at the top of Mount Kigali. There is also a zip-line circuit but Elly almost died here so we recommend avoiding that.
• Head to the gym for a workout, dance or yoga class, at Kigali's best gym: Waka Fitness (8,000rwf drop-ins).
• Go for a run in Kimihurura on the KG1 round-about. You will see other runners and athletes making use of this space as well. If you’re in good shape – challenge your calf muscles with a run anywhere on Kigali’s hills.
• The Kigali Golf Course is set to re-open with an 18-hole golf course in June.
• If tennis is your thing, check out these options. The page is old but all courts bar Novotel are still active.