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About Kigali

Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda. Kigali backpacking tours highlights include visits to the Kigali Genocide Memorial and more.


Kigali airports include:
•Kigali International Airport


Nyarutarama artificial lake is a key birding destination in the city, and a range of Kigali birdlife can be found including a number of migratory species from Europe and the rest of Africa.


Kigali conservation plays a key role in protecting the endangered and rare species of plant, bird and animal life found within the region. Poaching and deforestation are both major threats, and conservation is essential to balance these issues.


Kigali malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


Kigali plant life is lush and green, especially in the forests surrounding the city. Famous for its dense rainforests, the region is green all year round.

Safety Tips

•Kigali is generally safe for travel, however basic precautions should be taken
•Pick pocketing, robbery and muggings have been known to occur, so be on guard
•Keep valuables out of sight and secure in a moneybag under your shirt
•Avoid travel to areas near borders of Sudan, DRC or other areas

Travel Books

Kigali recommended travel books include:
•Rwanda: The Bradt Travel Guide by Philip Briggs
•Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda by Michael Barnett
•Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda by Rosamond Halsey Carr and Ann Howard Halsey
•Rwanda in Pictures by Tom Streissguth
•Visiting Rwanda by Dervla Murphy


As the capital of Africa's gorilla rich areas, Kigali wildlife offers a range of options for gorilla tracking, with sightings of forest elephant, bonobo and chimpanzee among other wildlife.


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