Get to Know Kigali
Rwanda's crowded capital is home to a genocide memorial, but otherwise acts mainly as a kick-off point for gorilla treks in the Virunga Mountains
Kigali, Rwanda's capital city since independence, is unavoidable when visiting the country. Your flight connections will usually force you to overnight in Kigali, which has fairly good city hotels such as Kigali Serena and the Hotel des Mille Collines.
Kigali's Genocide Memorial is well worth a visit, though it's an emotional experience that's not for the faint-hearted. The memorial pays tribute to the almost 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus who were killed by extreme Hutus over three months in 1994. It also commemorates the world's other genocides and crimes against humanity.