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The price of a taxi from Kigali International Airport (Airport code – KGL) to the city centre (12km) is 10,000 RWF (€11.40) and isn’t usually negotiable. Alternatively, walk the short distance outside the airport and hitch a matatu (minibus) or a moto-taxi for a fraction of the price.


Your choices include the Kigali Serena Hotel (KN3Avenue, 788184500, serenahotels.com/serenakigali), the Luxury Hotel Rwanda (23rd Avenue at 21 Street, 786501370, luxuryhotelrwanda.com) or Step Town Motel (KN1 Avenue, city centre, 785005662, step-town.com)


The Bistro Restaurant, (Urban Boutique Hotel, 733517517, citybluehotels.com) serves local ingredients with an oriental twist, New Cactus Restaurant (9 KN47 Street, 788678798) is where you’ll find meat, fish, pizzas and even a few fine Congolese dishes, while the Dolce Bar-Restaurant (KN35 Street, 788625108) serves local food such as grilled goat and skewers.


Kimironko Market (Remera neighbourhood) is, according to locals, the place to go “for whatever you may want to find” while Caplaki Market (Lugunga Road, Reou district) is ideal for arts, crafts, carvings and masks.


Akagera National Park (782166015, rwanda-direct.com) is home to over 80 elephants, while 13 species of primates roam the Nyungwe National Park (788436763, nyungwepark.com)


Lake Kivu on Rwanda’s westerly border is one of the Great Lakes and is easily accessible by road from Kigali. Around the waterfront town of Kibuye there are several lodges and hotels to choose from, of which Cormoran Lodge (cormoran.com) has spectacular views.