What a wonderful city to host the 2021 edition of the FIBA AfroBasket!!
Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is a city like no other.
Ranked as one of the most attractive destinations on the continent of Africa, Kigali starts to become a basketball hub in Africa.
Kigali will be the place to be/visit in August when the best 16 nations team descend to compete for the crown of the 30th edition of Africa’s premier basketball event.
All FIBA AfroBasket 2021 games will take place at the state-of-the-art Kigali Arena, a venue launched in 2019.
The 10,000-seater Kigali Arena is a multipurpose venue located near to the Amahoro National Stadium in the Rwandan capital.
The complex sits on a 28,000 square-metre piece of land, with a parking lot that can accommodate over 600 vehicles.
It has six changing rooms for the teams, one fitness centre, a dozen cafeteria and restaurants, a media hall and a modern doping control room.
In its first major basketball event in August 2019, a sold-out crowd witnessed Game 1 of the Rwandan League Playoffs between the eventual champions Patriots vs REG.
The Kigali Arena was named home to the the rescheduled 12-team 2020 Basketball Africa League (BAL).
Kigali is Rwanda’s rapidly growing capital city and most important business centre in the country.
Founded in 1907 as a small colonial outpost with limited linkage to the outside world, it has today grown into a modern metropolis - the heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and the fastest and cleanest capital city in the continent of Africa.
Kigali is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it's conveniently located in the geographic centre of the country.
The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travellers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities - including several award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa's most memorable dining experiences.
Kigali has a vast range of accommodation options including five-star hotels, boutique hotels, apartments and bed and breakfasts, Kigali currently has on offer over 1,500 hotels rooms in the three-to-five-star ranks.
KIGALI CITY MAP
Among the safest and friendliest of African capitals, City of Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate that belies its tropical location, and is conveniently located within three hours’ drive of the main tourist sites. The Rwandan capital provides both a comfortable and welcoming introduction to this land of a thousand hills and an ideal springboard from which to explore this magical country.
City of Kigali is made up of three districts namely Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge. It is presently inhabited by approximately 1 million inhabitants. Kigali is 70% rural with a population which is relatively young- the youth make up about 60% and women make slightly more the 50%.
Rwanda key Information Time zone: Central African Time (CAT) - GMT +2 hours Size: 26,338 square kilometers Capital City: Kigali Major Economic Sectors: Tourism, mining and agriculture Local currency: Rwandan Francs Foreign Currency: All major currencies are accepted Official languages: Kinyarwanda, French, English Local language: Kinyarwanda President: H.E Paul Kagame Telephone country Code: +250 (Telecommunication is among the best in Africa) ICT: High speed 4G LTE wireless broadband Climate: temperate (24-27 degrees Celsius) making Rwandan an ideal destination year around.