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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.
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Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration
Unforgettable experience in the jungles of Rwanda to track the last Mountain gorillas on earth and view the awesome Great Migration river crossings
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Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas
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See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial
Kigali's Genocide Memorial was an emotional experience but really worth seeing. It's heartbreaking to realise how unforgiving the human race can be; pack some extra tissues.
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Kigali is a typical African city with basic infrastructure and normal overcrowding issues, but it's fairly attractive and green and remarkably clean, with no plastic allowed into the country. There are a few good restaurants worth visiting although your meals will probably be booked at the hotel where you're staying.
We make use of connecting flights from Kigali into the Serengeti and Rwanda is an important mountain gorilla destination. The quickest and easiest way to see gorillas is in Rwanda, but the permits are a little more expensive than on the Ugandan side of the Virunga Mountains.
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