Fly To Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali is the centre of Rwanda, both literally and figuratively. It’s the political and commercial hub of the country and has been designed to impress not just tourists, but diplomats, dignitaries and foreign investors as well.
As such, Kigali’s rolling hills and valleys house some surprisingly modern supermarkets, restaurants and hotels, making it easy to forget you’re in the heart of “Deepest, Darkest Africa”. Downtown remains traditional, but on the whole Kigali is a clean, comfortable and relatively well-run city.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders don’t need a Visa to visit Kigali, Rwanda, for up to 90 days. You do need to make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Rwanda is situated in Kigali. 1370 Boulevard de l'Umuganda, Kacyiru-Sud, Kigali. Phone: + 250 252 551 300.
See and do
Rwanda has come a long way since its very dark past, and there is no better proof than the Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali. The Centre includes three permanent exhibits, documenting the 1994 Genocide and the history of genocides around the world. The heart-breaking testimonials and images have drawn thousands of survivors to pay their respects to the fallen. Much like South Africa’s Apartheid Museum, the Genocide Centre has become a powerful movement towards knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of genocide, and the condemnation of senseless violence in any form.
Other historical places of interest include the Presidential Palace Museum in Kanombe that offers a glimpse into the life of an African dictator before 1994. A guided tour will cost you around Rwf 6000, and you’ll be able to view a fascinating display of traditional Rwandan clothing as well.
Kigali is, unfortunately, quite expensive, and you probably won’t be stuffing your bags with unnecessary purchases. Do pick up some locally made handicrafts and clothing, however. Coffee beans, tea leaves and honey make wonderful gifts, and are of excellent quality if you avoid the cheapest brands.
The fastest way to get around Kigali is by moto (motorcycle taxi) but matatus (minibus taxis) remain the most popular for locals. Most of the minibuses are well maintained, and very affordable to use. Sedan taxis are also available, but they’re very expensive by comparison, and you’ll probably be better off renting a car.
Kigali Kanombe International Airport – KGL
Food and beverage: Bourbon Restaurant and Coffee Shop is open 24 hours a day for light meals and caffeine fixes.
Currency Exchange: Forex bureaus are located in the central hall before the check-in area. Banque de Kigali is the major bank, and Express Forex Bureau is the foreign exchange provider.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to security, who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Lemigo Hotel, Umobano Hotel, The Manor Hotel, and Stipp Hotel Bis.
Car Hire: Airport Special Taxi.
Airport Hub: Kigali Kanombe International Airport (code KGL) is a hub for RwandAir.