Kigali, population 965,398 (2009), is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is situated near the geographic center of the nation and has been the economic, cultural, and transport hub of Rwanda since it became capital at independence in 1962. The main residence and offices of the President of Rwanda are located in the city, as are the government ministries. The city is coterminous with the province of Kigali City, which was enlarged in January 2006 as part of local government reorganization in the country. The city’s urban area covers about 70% of the municipal boundaries.

Caplaki shopping market

The old street market of crafts along Ave de l’Armée next to the Milles Collines has been moved to a new home funded by the French called Caplaki. Sellers are now organized in fixed stalls and popular items include a range of carvings and masks from across the border in DR Congo. Prices start high, as they are, of course, ‘antiques’ but as most are modern replicas, bargain down to something sensible.

Caplaki Market in Kigali Rwanda



Bloom Hotel
Chez Lando
Hotel Des Mille Collines
Laico Umubano Hotel Kigali
Serena Hotel
Stipp Hotel Kigali (/ Gisenyi)
Top Tower Hotel