Best Views in Kigali

You have got to try getting high in Kigali! Seriously. The higher you get, the better the experience, man. Seriously. Dude. Ok… that was my attempt at being funny by alluding to get all potted up on the marijuana.

I think we can all agree that this attempt at humour has failed. Lets never discuss this again.

But what we can talk about is how amazingly beautiful Kigali is and the best way to take advantage of the views is by climbing up a hill and then climbing up to the top floor of a building. These five spots are the best views I’ve found so far.

kLab – Kacyiru

The kLab takes up the entire 6th floor of Telecom House in Kacyiru and, though this prime viewing spot is actually an office space for IT people in Rwanda, they’re pretty open to visitors and also run regular events. So you should be able to weasel your way up to the top floor one way or another. The best part about this view is that you’ve got an almost 360 degree view of the city from Kacyiru back across to Nyarutarama and Gacuriro plus you can see over to Kimihurura and then across to town and beyond. If you’re lucky enough to be up here during a crazy rain storm it’s pretty spectacular.

Manor Hotel – Nyarutarama

So the photo above is mostly of the hotel, the pool and the puffy clouds and doesn’t show the view at all, really, but it’s all I had! The view from the manor is one of my favourites, partly because you can take it in from beneath the ridiculous circus-like tent at Shere Sardar but mostly because you can a great panorama of a lot of the city. Once you start to be able to identify Kigali’s main buildings, this is a good place to come to see how the city fits together and where everything is. Plus you can eat Indian food or sip a cocktail at the same time which you can’t really argue with.

MTN Centre – Nyarutarama

View from the MTN Centre in Nyarutarama

Sip a coffee on Bourbon’s balcony and take in an amazing view back over Green Hills school down the back of Nyarutarama. The view is the opposite side of the hill to the one you get from the Manor Hotel and it’s a lot more green and countryside-ish.

Papyrus – Kimihurura

I’m guessing that most of us only wander into Papyrus when the sun has gone down. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Papyrus during the daytime hours and I even had to outsource this photo (thanks Sean!) to capture it in sunny and sober light. But whether you’re here during the day or whether you lurk in the rooftop shadows under the moonlight, you have to agree that the view is pretty spectacular.

Sun City Hotel – Nyamirambo

Sun City Hotel

When I mentioned to a friend that I was planning on writing an article about the best views in Kigali, he told me about Sun City Hotel deep into the cobbled streets of Nyamirambo. I’d heard about this place but had never been until recently when I accidentally stumbled onto it. My friend speaks the truth – I think their rooftop bar set atop a three story concrete tower might be my winner for the best view in the city. Add in friendly service and some fine brochettes and it makes an awesome place for some panoramic views of Kigali and you also get a glimpse at the farmland surrounding the city.

About Kirsty

A Canadian who left in 2001 to wander around the world in search of sun, beautiful views and goat brochettes. Found Kigali in July 2010 and it seems like the perfect fit. I expect to be here until I get kicked out for defiantly walking on the grass while wearing flip flops.