Yes, yes, no one is really travelling now. #Sigh. But while we are pinning for those glory travel days, or making plans for new adventures, I thought to mention that Kigali, Rwanda is a great destination stop. Also, in case you find yourself in Kigali for a day, here are somethings to do *wink*
Find a comfortable hotel
If you know me, you know I am not exactly one to spend a lot on hotels, because I book the cheapest ones possible. In Kigali, I spent a night at the Hotel Des Milles Collines, because of the movie Hotel Rwanda. Everyone was EXTREMELY friendly and I was like “this is thaaa best! I’m not leaving this place.” Unfortunately, each night cost $140! 🙁
My first night in the room, after the relatively long journey across Africa, I entered the bathroom hoping to take a long refreshing shower. But then I saw a pool of water right outside the shower stall. Something was leaking. Immediately, I called for a plumber who arrived right on time *Coughs* Nigerian Plumbers take note*Coughs*! The night wasn’t over yet, the toilet was not flushing!
Naaaah, I was done. The next day, I moved to another hotel! The Hotel 2000, it was just 10 minutes away and it wasn’t bad at all! Guess what?? It cost $70 per night. Yeah, you’re welcome!
Go on a half or quarter day tour
I had the BEST driver, Denys. I recommend him to everyone because he is a super fun guy! He drove my friend and me around Kigali for hours, happily, he took us to Mount Kigali, horse riding and zip-lining, while doubling as a photo and videographer. I kept expecting him to complain, with my Nigerian customer service bias but he did the opposite, all the time!
Go Zip lining and visit Mount Kigali
If you like a bit of adrenaline, then this is your thing. Mount Kigali is located not so far from the zip-lining centre. We got to drive all the way to the top, and boy was the view SPECTACULAR!
Horse Back Riding
There was a ranch that allowed tourist to ride horses for $100, right in the same place as the zip-lining centre. I didn’t do this though, my budget wasn’t ready!
Visit the Genocide Memorial Centre and Ntarama Genocide Centre
This is a lot of emotions in one and you have to be ready before you head out to these centres. They have the complicated history of Kigali and the genocide that devastated the nation. I still recommend it though. It opens up your eyes and heart and makes you appreciate the power of restoration and moving forward.
What interesting destinations in Africa do you plan to visit after Corona?