Kigali

Kigali is a very pleasant, safe city which ranges over several hills. If your flight connections are such that you need to overnight here, you won’t be disappointed. It is a noticeably clean city and pretty efficient.

Overview

Kigali is a very pleasant, safe city which ranges over several hills. If your flight connections are such that you need to overnight here, you won’t be disappointed. It is a noticeably clean city and pretty efficient.
The capital has a good range of international hotels as well as luxury boutique hotels to choose from.

From here, you head by road to Rwanda’s other attractions. Very much part of the attraction of Rwanda is the scenic driving through the countryside. Tea, coffee and banana plantations are commonplace as are rice paddies. The steep, hilly country prevalent throughout the central and western parts of Rwanda is invariably covered in terraced fields supporting sweet potatoes and cassava.

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Features

Why you may love it

  • Starting point for your Rwanda safari.
  • Visit the thought-provoking and shocking Kigali Genocide Museum – preferably at the start of your trip so that you have some context for this country’s remarkable transformation.
  • Visit one of the markets for authentic Rwandan crafts including its distinctive cloth.
  • Enjoy a coffee-making master class. Coffee is one of Rwanda's most important export crops.

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When to visit Kigali

December to mid-March

Summer in Kigali

This is relatively dry period though, Rwanda being a tropical country, it often rains in the afternoon or evening (Annual rainfall is 950mm). The temperatures remain a pleasant 26-28C all through the year but it is more humid in the summer. Kigali tends to be hazy for much of the year.
AVG MONTHLY RAINFALL 90mm
AVG SUNSHINE 5-6 Hours
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 81 ℉
MIN TEMP 16 ℃ / 61 ℉

Mid-March to May

Time of the long rains

This is the time of the long rains ,though the seasonal variation is not too dramatic in Kigali. April is the wettest month. It is also the memorial month of the Genocide so the mood tends to be a little somber during this time.
AVG RAINFALL APRIL 155mm
AVG SUNSHINE 4 Hours
MAX TEMP 26 ℃ / 79 ℉
MIN TEMP 16 ℃ / 61 ℉

June to Mid-September

Dry Season

This is the dry season and a very pleasant temperature in Kigali. The short rains begin somewhere in September. It does get dusty and hazy as the dry season continues.
AVG MONTHLY RAINFALL 20mm
AVG SUNSHINE 6 Hours
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 81 ℉
MIN TEMP 15 ℃ / 59 ℉

Late September to November

Summer in Kigali

This is the time of the ‘short rains’ though it doesn’t impact the cities as much. In fact, it initiates the greening of the city again.
AVG RAINFALL OCT 110mm
AVG SUNSHINE 5 Hours
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 81 ℉
MIN TEMP 16℃ / 61 ℉

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Rwanda was inspiring

"Rwanda has a temperate climate, charming people and a developing tourism industry which clearly places great emphasis on the safety and comfort of it’s clients. Our experiences of the wildlife will stay with us for many years. If you wish to see the best of Africa – visit this fascinating, beautiful country. At all destinations, accommodation, food and support services were as good as we’d hoped for." Mr David, USA
Did you know
  • HistoryFounded in 1907
  • CapitalCapital and largest city