Guidebook for Kigali

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Guidebook for Kigali

Food Scene
The best pizza in the country. Even better, every Monday night Sole Luna hosts trivia, a fun activity well-attended by expats living in Kigali. It starts at 8:30 pm, but make sure to get there at least 30 minutes early to get a seat. Teams are minimum 4 and maximum 6 people.
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Sole Luna
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The best pizza in the country. Even better, every Monday night Sole Luna hosts trivia, a fun activity well-attended by expats living in Kigali. It starts at 8:30 pm, but make sure to get there at least 30 minutes early to get a seat. Teams are minimum 4 and maximum 6 people.
Quite simply the best restaurant in the country, but don't forget to make a reservation or you may get turned away! You can reach them at +250 735 823 282.
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Poivre Noir
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Quite simply the best restaurant in the country, but don't forget to make a reservation or you may get turned away! You can reach them at +250 735 823 282.
Drinks & Nightlife
No visit to Rwanda is complete without a stop at the Hotel des Milles Collines, better known as 'Hotel Rwanda' and featured in the film by the same name. The drinks are expensive, but the outdoor patio is a great place to have a beer and brochette (choose from chicken, beef or fish).
Hôtel des Mille Collines
No visit to Rwanda is complete without a stop at the Hotel des Milles Collines, better known as 'Hotel Rwanda' and featured in the film by the same name. The drinks are expensive, but the outdoor patio is a great place to have a beer and brochette (choose from chicken, beef or fish).
Entertainment & Activities
It's just a 30 second walk from the space and it's got all sorts of activities on offer, from bowling to swimming to volleyball, not to mention great snacks and cold beers. It's the idea weekend afternoon spot.
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Mamba Club
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It's just a 30 second walk from the space and it's got all sorts of activities on offer, from bowling to swimming to volleyball, not to mention great snacks and cold beers. It's the idea weekend afternoon spot.
Essentials
Nakumatt is the closest thing to WalMart in Rwanda. If you need it, either they've got it or you won't be able to find it in the country!
Nakumatt City Centre
Nakumatt is the closest thing to WalMart in Rwanda. If you need it, either they've got it or you won't be able to find it in the country!
Arts & Culture
It's impossible to understand Rwanda without learning about the tragic period of ethic violence that occurred here in 1994. The exhibits are heartbreaking, but extremely well presented and informative. Take a few hours out of your schedule to make this essential stop during your stay.
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Kigali Genocide Memorial
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It's impossible to understand Rwanda without learning about the tragic period of ethic violence that occurred here in 1994. The exhibits are heartbreaking, but extremely well presented and informative. Take a few hours out of your schedule to make this essential stop during your stay.
It's the best art gallery in the country. But due to the growing popularity, it's also a lot pricier than in simpler days. Still, there's lots to be enjoyed at Inema Arts - from cultural events and exhibitions, to Thursday night cocktail parties and a Cuban sandwich shop.
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Inema Arts Centre
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It's the best art gallery in the country. But due to the growing popularity, it's also a lot pricier than in simpler days. Still, there's lots to be enjoyed at Inema Arts - from cultural events and exhibitions, to Thursday night cocktail parties and a Cuban sandwich shop.
Parks & Nature
The town of Ruhengeri, at the border of Virunga National Park, is hands down the most beautiful place in Rwanda. It's about an hour and a half drive from Kigali, but if you catch it on a clear day, you won't be disappointed! If you're willing to spend a bit of money you can trek gorillas (this is where Dian Fossey carried out her famous research) or hike a volcano (cheaper, and there's a chance you run into some gorillas on your way).
Ruhengeri
The town of Ruhengeri, at the border of Virunga National Park, is hands down the most beautiful place in Rwanda. It's about an hour and a half drive from Kigali, but if you catch it on a clear day, you won't be disappointed! If you're willing to spend a bit of money you can trek gorillas (this is where Dian Fossey carried out her famous research) or hike a volcano (cheaper, and there's a chance you run into some gorillas on your way).
You can't come all the way to Africa without going on safari! Rwanda's Akagera National Park might rank below Kenya's Maasai Mara and Tanzania's Serengeti, but if you'd like to see some zebras, giraffes and elephants on a budget, a day here will not disappoint. The park's large population of lions was unfortunately killed off during the Rwandan Genocide, but a few lions were recently re-introduced to the park, so keep your eyes open!
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Akagera National Park
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You can't come all the way to Africa without going on safari! Rwanda's Akagera National Park might rank below Kenya's Maasai Mara and Tanzania's Serengeti, but if you'd like to see some zebras, giraffes and elephants on a budget, a day here will not disappoint. The park's large population of lions was unfortunately killed off during the Rwandan Genocide, but a few lions were recently re-introduced to the park, so keep your eyes open!