Kigali was founded in 1907, when Rwanda was a German colony, but the city became the capital of the country only at the time of independence in 1962.

Chosen because of its central location in the country, Kigali now has nearly one million inhabitants. This represents about 10% of the total population of the “Land of a Thousand Hills“, which is the nickname for Rwanda as it has countless hills and mountains that form the landscape of this small country of 26,000 sqkm. These mountains, combined with exemplary cleanliness, justify Rwanda’s other nickname of “Little Switzerland of Africa”