Kigali is the capital of Rwanda. The small but attractive city sprawls over valleys, ridges and hills, offering incredible views of the terraced countryside beyond the city limits. Capital designed to impress visitors, from the humble tourist, to foreign investors and visiting dignitaries. Kigali is surrounded by mountains, home to some of the continent’s last remaining mountain gorillas. Treks leaving daily from the city center give visitors the opportunity to see these and other endangered animals up close in the heart of Rwanda.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Rwanda then the best time to visit June to mid-September.
Top Places to Visit in Kigali
1. Nyungwe National Park
The nearby Nyungwe National Park is the best place to spot primates, including baboons, monkeys and chimpanzees. The rainforest terrain is lush and pristine, and the reward for trekking through the dense forest and steep passes is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness some of nature’s most beautiful and powerful creatures up close.
2. Parc National des Volcans
A dramatic chain of volcanoes that is also home to one of the largest mountain gorilla populations in the country. Dian Fossey conducted her famous research and battles with poachers there, and the densely forested slopes present many opportunities for unforgettable encounters with silverbacks. Do not venture into the park without a local guide, and make plans as soon as you arrive in Kigali because the government only issues 40 permits per day.
3. Museum of Natural History
Kigale’s best museum has recently undergone a major renovation. It houses exhibits on Rwanda’s geology and natural wonders and is housed in the 1907 residence of explorer Richard Kandt, reputed to be the first building in Kigali. The view from the garden is sensational and, looking over the urban sprawl, it’s hard to imagine that it all started with this rather modest home.