It’s not all that often that we recommend spending time in an African city (with an honourable exception for lovely Cape Town). However, if you’re visiting Rwanda, spending at least half a day in Kigali is a must. And as you’re almost certainly arriving or leaving the country from Kigali, it’s easy to incorporate into any trip to Rwanda. Plunge deep into city life with a visit to the hairdresser, the Muslim quarter, and a cooking lesson. An important part of any visit to Kigali is a visit the Genocide Memorial. This is an elegant, graceful memorial to the tragic events of 20 years ago, and offers a moving insight into Rwanda’s past.
There are a number of decent hotels in Kigali- these are primarily luxury city hotels rather than boutique properties, but they make for a very comfortable night’s sleep before or after a long flight.