Kigali is located at Rwanda’s geographical heart. The rapidly growing city of Kigali is not only the national capital, but also the country’s most important business centre and main port of entry.
Kigali, founded in 1907 as a small colonial outpost with little link to the outside world, is now 100 years old. The city of Kigali has grown into a modern metropolis – the heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and amongst the safest and friendliest of African capitals. Its population is approximately 1 million.
Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate that belies its tropical location.
The main residence and offices of the President of Rwanda are located in the city, as are the government ministries.
Kigali International Airport (KIA) is located in the suburb of Kanombe at the eastern edge of Kigali approximately 15 kilometres from the central business district of the city. KIA has recently been upgraded and can now accommodate 1,500,000 passengers annually via its approximately 400 weekly flights. It serves as a regional hub as well as catering to a number of international airlines. In 2014, Kigali Airport ranked 7th best regional airport in Africa.
The nation’s flag carrier, RwandAir, is one of the fastest growing airlines on the African continent connecting to business hubs in East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, the Middle East and Europe, positioning the country as a strong contender for growth in the MICE tourism sector.
Kigali houses several memorials, museums, and centres dedicated to the Rwandan Genocide, including the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Camp Kigali. Other museums include the Presidential Palace Museum and Kandt House Museum of Natural History.
Lycée de Kigali is the second-largest secondary school in Rwanda. Green Hills Academy, in the upmarket suburb of Nyarutarama is a top private school offering IB at A level and the Cambridge International Programme at O level. It has a 50/50 English-French curriculum.
Kigali is home to a number of university campuses for example the Kigali Independent University as does the University of Rwanda College of Science and Technology as well as the Rwanda Tourism University College.
The city provides a diverse range of accommodation options with a wide selection of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast on offer.
There are currently over 1,000 three to five star rated hotel rooms within easy access of the Kigali Convention Centre and downtown Kigali, with another 600 due for completion in 2015.
The city’s many restaurants serve traditional or contemporary African and international cuisine – a wide choice to suit every taste.
Kigali offers delegates a unique experience in an African city that is modern, exceptionally clean and safe. In addition to showcasing the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy incredible pre and post tours and to experience the country’s unique flora and fauna – all within easy access of the city.