Kigali Flights:

Flights to Kigali

image of KigaliRwanda’s capital and largest city is Kigali, located in the centre of the country. With its population of around 1 million it’s a sizeable city but really is yet to be discovered by tourists. However, there are some attractions in Kigali, and the natural beauty of Rwanda is close by too.

Flights to the Kigali International Airport (airport code: KGL) are quite limited when flying from Johannesburg, so you will not have many options. Kenya Airways has a one-stop flight to Kigali that travels via Nairobi, and Ethiopian Airlines offers a 2-stop route that will have connections in Harare and Addis Ababa. You’ll be travelling for at least 12 hours if you take a flight to Kigali with the first choice, and nearly 40 if you go with the second choice.

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The Tourist Attractions of Kigali:

Rwanda is an emerging tourist destination as its natural beauty is being discovered by more and more tourists each year. Attractions like the Volcanoes National Park are the main draws for tourists, and though right now Kigali isn’t top of the list for many tourists to visit, this is changing. The city does have a few sites of interest and it has a good selection of hotels for anyone wishing to stay here a night or two. After all, Kigali is the main entry point for international tourists to the country, so it’s worth adding a night or two onto your schedule to see what the city has to offer.

In the evenings there are some nice restaurants and bars to enjoy, and if you’re looking for nightlife there are also the odd few nightclubs.

Whether you’re coming for business and leisure, Kigali is actively trying to improve the visitor experience with the addition of more high class hotels, so now could be a good time to visit.

Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
The main site of interest in Kigali is the Genocide Memorial Centre. This is both a memorial and a museum that educates visitors as to the terrible events in Rwanda in 1994, when it is thought around 800,000 people were killed. The memorial marks the site of a mass grave where up to 250,000 people were buried, and inside the centre you can read about the events through exhibits and survivor testimonies.

Hotel Rwanda
The 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda deals with one aspect of the 1994 genocide, in which the owner of Hotel Des Mille Collines tried to help Rwandans by providing them a safe haven. The hotel still stands in Kigali today and has become quite a popular attraction, even though the film was actually filmed in South Africa!

When Should You Visit?:

Kigali isn’t as warm as you might expect for its near equatorial location, and this is because the city is at elevation. Even so, the temperatures don’t change much across the year, with the average high staying just between 19.7 and 20.9C. All months of the year have rainfall, but some are heavier than others, with rainfall peaking between March and May, and October and November.

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