Why It's Worth It

Most tourists skip through Kigali on their way to go gorilla trekking in other parts of Rwanda or nearby Uganda, but if you have the time, Kigali is an incredible, vibrant, and beautiful city known as the Singapore of Africa. With a thriving arts scene and social conscience that includes the banning of plastic bags and monthly community city cleanups, Kigali is leading the way for many other cities in Africa and, indeed, around the world. —Helen Davies