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Kigali

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Kigali, Rwanda’s capital and biggest city, with a population of over one million people.

Kigali, Rwanda’s political and commercial capital, dominates the nation, and few people visit the country without passing there. The city is rapidly evolving, and it is very much a display capital geared to dazzle visitors, ranging from casual tourists to international investors and dignitaries.

The city, which has a population of over one million people, is spread out across various hills and valleys, with many of the finer restaurants and hotels located outside of the typical downtown region. The Kigali City Masterplan lays out the city’s future, including proposals for a new city to be developed south of the existing city center.

Kigali is popular with long-term expats as a clean, comfortable, and orderly city, and the city is teeming with westerners, ranging from young church or NGO volunteers seeking their first African ‘experience’ to career development workers seeking a relaxed lifestyle in which it is safe to raise young children. As a result, the city has a plethora of eateries, coffee shops, and supermarkets catering to this group. The drawback of Kigali’s international reputation is that it’s easy to forget you’re in Africa.

Kigali – Info Card

POPULATION : City:  1,132,686
FOUNDED :  1907
TIME ZONE : CAT (UTC+2)  Summer:  (UTC+2)
LANGUAGE : Kinyarwanda (official), French (official), English (official)
RELIGION : Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7%
AREA : 730 km2 (280 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 1,567 m (5,141 ft)
COORDINATES : 1°56′38″S 30°3′34″E
SEX RATIO : Male: 48.82%
 Female: 51.18%
ETHNIC : Hutu (Bantu) 84%, Tutsi (Hamitic) 15%, Twa (Pygmy) 1%
AREA CODE : 
POSTAL CODE : 
DIALING CODE : +250
WEBSITE : www.kigalicity.gov.rw

Tourism in Kigali

Kigali is popular with long-term expats as a clean, comfortable, and orderly city, and the city is teeming with westerners, ranging from young church or NGO volunteers seeking their first African ‘experience’ to career development workers seeking a relaxed lifestyle in which it is safe to raise young children. As a result, the city has a plethora of eateries, coffee shops, and supermarkets catering to this group. The drawback of Kigali’s international reputation is that it’s easy to forget you’re in Africa.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is one of numerous monuments, museums, and institutions devoted to the Rwandan Genocide in Kigali. The Kandt House Museum of Natural History is another museum worth seeing.

The city features international-class hotels, several of which have played historical roles:

The Kiyovu area’s Mille Collines. As memorably shown in the film Hotel Rwanda, this hotel became a refugee center during the genocide. It’s also the location for Quebecer Gil Courtemanche’s classic book Un dimanche à la piscine à Kigali and its film adaption Un dimanche à Kigali.

The InterContinental Kigali was once known as the Kigali Serena Hotel. The hotel was briefly seen in the second part of Hotel Rwanda, when it was a Belgian-owned hotel called as Hotel Diplomates. In 2003, it was purchased by the InterContinental Hotels Group and refurbished.

Climate of Kigali

It’s classified as a tropical savanna climate, with a long dry season.

Temperatures are normally 6 to 9 degrees Celsius cooler than at sea level, therefore temperatures beyond 28 degrees Celsius are uncommon. February through May and April are the wettest months of the year.

Geography of Kigali

The city is situated amid mountainous terrain, spanning four peaks and the valleys between them. The city center is on one of these hills, while the major government district is on the other. The ridge tops average 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) in height, while the lowlands are approximately 1,300 meters (4,270 ft). The wealthier individuals dwell in the valleys, while the larger mansions and office buildings are on the peaks’ summits. The city is surrounded by higher hills for the most part, with some suburban sprawl creeping up them. Mt. Kigali, at 1,850 meters (6,075 feet) above sea level, is the tallest of them.

Economy of Kigali

The BCDI Tower, Centenary House, and Kigali City Tower are among the numerous new structures that have sprung up around Rwanda in the twenty-first century. Tourism is a significant contributor to the economy.

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