Outlets including “The New York Times” and “Refinery29” have singled out this African town as an up-and-comer well worth visiting in the new year.
Like Cairo and Tbilisi, Kigali has a history marked by political upheaval and tragedy: 23 years ago, genocide claimed the lives of 800,000 of its ethnic Tutsi citizens. Over the years, the city has worked hard to move forward from this horrifying incident, and today it is a progressive bastion of creativity, home to a thriving start-up culture and tech scene.
Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy looking for the “Big Five” animals – lions, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes and leopards – Africa is known for. And there is much for foodies to love, too: The city is home to a growing number of restaurants, serving everything from traditional favorites to exciting fusion cuisine, as well as historic markets selling all things fresh and local. For caffeine-hounds, cafes serve some of the finest local coffee on the continent.
All this, plus Kigali is known for being one of Africa’s safest cities to visit.