Here are some of the interesting fact about Kigali and why it should be one of your first choice if you intend to tour countries in Africa
Kigali is said to be the cleanest city in Africa. Kigali has been named the world’s third-most environmentally friendly destination and was voted Africa’s cleanest city. Rwanda’s capital has banned the use of plastic bags. In May 2016, Kigali introduced car-free days on the first and third Sundays of each month as ways to encourage physical exercise and to reduce carbon emissions from automobiles.
Rwanda has 3 National park, Akagera the largest National park well known for Big five animals and game drive, Nyungwe the greenest national park with natural forest well known for Chimpanzee species and many bird species and Volcanoes national park which is known as Home of Mountain gorillas
One of the most horrific genocides in history happened here
Rwanda’s population is made up mostly of Hutus and Tutsis. Although Rwandans are working really hard now to leave their differences behind, these two ethnic groups have often been in conflicts historically. The culmination of this conflict was in 1994, when for a period of only about 100 days, almost one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered by the Hutus. It is the fastest and one of the most brutal genocides in history – with weapons such as machetes and clubs used by both military and ordinary people.
It inspired some of the greatest movies of all time
The 2014 drama “Hotel Rwanda” was inspired by the real story of Paul Rusesabagina – the manager of Hôtel des Mille Collines, who managed to save hundreds of lives during the genocide in 1994. This hotel is open and is now one of the most preferred choices for visitors of Kigali. Another critically acclaimed drama based on real events is the 1998 movie “Gorillas in the Mist”. It tells the story of naturalist Dian Fossey who studied the mountain gorillas extensively put a lot of effort in their conservation. In fact, one of the most popular hiking routes is named after her and leads to her tomb and her research camp.