Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Senior travel and product specialist
"The heart-stopping moment you experience when you come face to face with a gorilla is one of the most unforgettable wildlife experiences to be had anywhere in the world."

Kigali Holidays

The city centre is busy, bustling and colourful, whereas the administrative and government quarter is quieter with wide shady streets and white-walled villas with gardens. Kigali is a remarkable safe town to wander around.

Our city tour includes the old town (Nyamirambo) and Muslim quarter, the new handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. The memorial is intensely moving – the tour takes a good two hours. It is probably best to do this at the end of your visit, rather than first thing on arrival.

There is a choice of hotels in Kigali. The only five-star is the newly built Hotel Serena Kigali. Before that the prime international hotel was the Novotel Kigali Umubano. Then there is the Hotel des Mille Collines, now famous since its role as a sanctuary for many hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide has been retold in the film, Hotel Rwanda. It is largely unchanged and has a super rooftop restaurant.

Two inexpensive hotels we recommend are Chez Lando, on the airport road, which we often use for tour groups, and Hotel Gorillas, also relatively new and close to the city centre.

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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Special
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  • Wildlife
From £2229 per person
5 day holiday
Flights included
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Rwanda
This is a brief but action-packed visit to Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans to see the magnificent and endangered Mountain gorillas takes in what is arguably the most impressive wildlife experience to be had anywhere in the world. It makes for a great add-on to a safari in Kenya or Tanzania - or a beach extension to Zanzibar. If you can, we recommend a slightly longer trip in Rwanda such as the Northern Rwanda: Gorillas & Kivu Private Tour.
Northern Rwanda: Gorillas & Kivu Private Tour
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  • Culture & History
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From £2560 per person
5 day holiday
Flights included
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Rwanda
A wonderful tailor-made tour which takes you to visit the endangered Mountain gorillas and also gives you the chance to...
Rwanda - Culture, Primates & Nature
  • Wildlife
From £4630 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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Rwanda
This comprehensive 10-day tailor-made tour encompasses the highlights of Rwanda: Mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees, the...
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