Rwanda’s stylish capital city is the first stop off point for most people visiting the country, and definitely creates a pleasant first impression. With its wide boulevards, verdant parks, and swanky new buildings, Kigali does plenty to impress. It’s a clean, orderly city, with lots of great places to discover: and not all of them are in the city centre. Kigali is dotted with trendy coffee shops, great hotels, and fantastic restaurants. There’s a great buzz on the streets, both by day and by night. Even if you’re just passing through en route to Rwanda’s lush national parks, it’s well worth booking a few days in this cosmopolitan capital.
Airports in Kigali
Kigali International Airport (KGL) is Rwanda’s main air gateway. The airport is sometimes known as Kanombe International Airport, and was previously called Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport. The airport is known for being small but well organised.
As more people are flying to Kigali, the airport has recently been undergoing some improvements and upgrades. The airport has three terminals, and is home to the head office of Rwandair. Plans are in place to build a replacement airport, with construction slated to begin in 2015.
Airlines that fly to Kigali
There are no direct flights from the UK to Kigali. From Europe you can fly from Brussels with Brussels Airlines, from Amsterdam with KLM, and from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Other airlines serving the airport include Ethiopian Airlines, flydubai, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, and Rwandair.
Getting into Kigali
The easiest way to get from the airport to the city centre is by taxi. This should cost somewhere in the region of RWF 5000 (about £4.70)*, but always confirm this with your driver before setting off.
*Prices subject to change
When to fly to Kigali
The dry season last from June until mid-September, and is generally considered the best time to visit the city. The dry season is also your best bet if you’re heading out on a gorilla trek, as the ground is less slippery. December to February is also dry. From March to May and October to November the rain can be quite torrential. Rwanda is quite a wet country, so even during the dry seasons you should expect the odd shower.
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