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Kigali Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Kigali, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Language Kinyarwanda
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency Rwandan Franc
Voltage 230V

Bustling, charismatic, clean and colourful, expect a warm welcome as you stroll along the tree-lined streets of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. Great for a night before you explore the country further, visit the moving Genocide Memorial, uncover the city’s exciting art and craft scene, join a Rwandan coffee masterclass, or head out of the centre to the surrounding hills for scenic hikes.

Kigali Genocide Memorial

Moving, meaningful and promoting peace, the Kigali Genocide museum is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Educate yourself about this harrowing historical event as you browse several exhibitions, alongside a dedicated children’s memorial and beautiful gardens. A small shop sells high-quality arts and crafts that have been custom made for the Kigali Genocide Memorial by a local cooperative made up of widows of the Genocide.

Art and Culture

Kigali is an artistic and vibrant city with several photography centres, art galleries and artisan studios. Dedicated art tours incorporate public art, traditional dance and drumming, as well as an opportunity to meet with the city’s contemporary artists, learning more about their trade through interactive workshops.


The tropical climate of Kigali means that temperatures remain fairly steady (above 20C) throughout the year. June and July are the driest months, while April experience the most rain.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Kigali.

  Temp °C Rain mm

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Entebbe and Nairobi.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Via Qatar with Qatar Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester.
Onward connecting flights with Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Rwandair Express and Air Uganda from Entebbe to Kigali. Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express from Nairobi to Kigali.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Entebbe and Nairobi: 8 hours, 25 minutes.
Onward connecting flights from Entebbe to Kigali: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
From Nairobi to Kigali: 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations i.e, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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