Summary

ViaVia Kigali has opened its doors for you and we can’t wait to welcome you!

We have for you: 6 nicely decorated rooms, all with ensuite bathroom (hot water is provided by our solar panels), a cosy eating area, a welcoming reception and 3 (!) gardens to chill in.. A healthy breakfast is included in the price.

In the restaurant we serve food from all over the world. Guacamole or chili con carne from South-Africa, Rwandan porc stew, Asian curries and of course Belgian fries!

We are located in a quiet area of town, Kibagabaga, on a stone’s throw from the ever vibrant Kimironko Market. The airport is only 15 away.

Murakaza neza!

Welcome!

Café/Resto

We offer a healthy, colourful breakfast to start your day packed with vitamines: pancakes with fruit and honey, omelette with toast and spreads or home made granola with yoghurt and fruit.

ViaVia Kigali Bar serves a wide range of drinks such as local and imported beers, wine, liquor, cocktails, juices, smoothies, soft drinks, coffee and tea.

ViaVia Kigali Restaurant offers a limited but fun, healthy, fresh and creative menu for lunch and dinner with 5 or 6 options. There will be a few ‘basics’ such as hummus, guacamole, fried bananas with peanut sauce completed with salads, pastas, burgers, curry, … which taste and look fabulous! There will be a few vegeterian, a few meat and a few typical local food options.

And not to forget about the Belgian specialty Stoofvlees Friet (stew with Belgian fries) !

Hotel

We have 6 tasteful rooms on offer, all with a beautiful private bathroom. Our solar panels ensure nice and warm water.

STANDARD ROOMS

Our rooms can be booked as single, twin or double rooms.

Single: 65/75 $

Twin / Double: 80/90 $

.

FAMILY / FRIENDS ROOM

In the master bedroom there is room for 4 people! If you are traveling with your family or with a group of friends, this is the room for you! Oh yes, there is also a balcony, a dressing room and a jacuzzi .. Just saying ..

1 person: 100 $

2 people: 120 $

3 people: 140 $

4 people: 160 $

Most rooms have private balcony. There is a big shared balcony on the first floor and 3 gardens if you like your feet in the grass..

.

ON A SHOESTRING

Are you traveling with a limited budget? Book a bed in the dorm or pitch your tent under the tree!

Dorm: 25 $ (breakfast included)

Tent/overlander: 10 $ (breakfast not included)

.

BREAKFAST

Please make your choice between

. homemade granola with yoghurt and fresh fruit

. pancakes with fresh fruit

. omelette with spreads and toast

A hot drink and a fresh juice are included in the price (except for camping).

In weekends you can also enjoy a full-on English Breakfast or scrambled tofu!

Travel tips

Rwanda.

The land of a thousand hills and a million smiles.

Anyone visiting “The Land of a Thousand Hills” is in for a multitude of surprises. Rwanda has 5 volcanoes, 23 lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the River Nile. Rwanda has something for everyone!

Fancy a safari? Akagera National park is where you have to go! Every game drive is a present and holds new surprises as nature reveals its treasures in form of buffalos, Maasai giraffes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, monkeys, savannah birds, civets, leopards, hyenas, as well as the serval cats. Not to forget about the lions!

Always wanted to stand eye to eye with a gorilla? It’s possible! Volcanoes National Park has 13 families and you can meet one! A once-in-a-lifetime experience..

The majestic Kivu Lake in the West of the country provides breathtaking landscapes. Go kayaking, fishing, island hopping or enjoy the beautiful scenery from the shore.. Tried night fishing before??

Nyungwe forest is probably the most preserved forest in Africa. Some say it is the most important site for biodiversity in Rwanda. It is home to over 1000 species of creation after all. You can go chimp-spotting or if you’re more of a thrill-seeker walk the canopy bridge!

Any fashionista’s out there? We organise fashion tours where we take you the country’s hottest clothes and shoes designers. You can even design your own bag and pick it up a few days later..

About host

I fell in love with the country in 2013 when I first set foot on African soil for an internship in children psychiatry. Little did I know how intense and life-changing those 4 months would be. My time there was an emotional rollercoaster, it was though at some points and I just had to come back to see, taste and learn more of this intriguing interesting country and its people. In June 2014, I came back for 18 months and I had the chance to travel all over the country. That is when I learned how strong and resilient the Rwandese are, how peaceful Lake Kivu and how impressive its volcanoes and wildlife.

I got under my skin and never let go.

– Astrid –

I was born and raised in Byumba, a small city in the green hills one hour North of Kigali. I studied ‘Journalism and Communication’ in Huye and worked as a sports journalist on radio and TV. Beside journalism there is another – even bigger – passion in my life: volleyball! I’m proud to say that I represented my country in the National Team. I learnt that hard work and teamwork are a recipe for success.

I want to show other people the beauty of my country.

– Adolphe –

We want to create a warm place where everyone feels welcome. A relaxing spot for those who are on the road, or, when in your own country, a window on the world.

Let us take you on a journey.

Astrid & Adolphe

Reviews

“ViaVia Kigali is a lovely place with lovely people! The rooms are clean, there’s a sunny terrace and garden, the food is delicious… Next to this they give the best travel advice, they know the touristic places in Rwanda but also some less known lovely places. A must-go when you are in Kigali!” — Annelies, 2020/03/16, Facebookpage —
 
“I had a wonderful (too short) stay at ViaVia in Kigali. The dormitory is really nice, super clean, and had a good rest. The hosts are really friendly (thanks for the ride from the airport!) and super helpful. I’ll definitely go back to ViaVia when passing by Kigali again!” — Roxane, 2019/09/05, Tripadvisor —  
 
“I travel to Kigali regularly and stayed at ViaVia for the first time in November. I was more than satisfied with absolutely everything. Accommodation is generous and very clean. Service is friendly and efficient. The food is really great and the kitchen is open late. And to top it off its great value for money. Well done to the young couple and good luck!! See you soon.”  — Shane, 2019/11/18, Tripadvisor —
 
“ViaVia Kigali is a lovely family run guesthouse located in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood. The owners and staff are great people, friendly, service-oriented and good humoured! Good beds and showers: It was a perfect place to both work and relax.” — James, 2019/12/27, Booking —
 
“Nice and peaceful place to stay in Kigali. Very clean and lovely furnished, rooms are big and comfortable, breakfast is excellent, staff is friendly and ready to help. There is also a play ground for the kids…” — Mattias, 2019/11/12, Tripadvisor —
 
“This place is really amazing!! The food is excellent, the staff is very friendly, it is very clean, the rooms are of high quality and have cosy decorations. Note, in comparison to other places in Kigali, you don’t have to wait too long for your order.” — Laurent, 2020/01/12, Facebookpage —
  
“Best guesthouse I’ve ever stayed at. Style for days. Personal, intimate, irresistible atmosphere. Large, comfortable rooms. Phenomenal service, food, and facilities. Everything just feels right, even the mozzies.” — Tom, 2020/02/10, Booking —

Think global, shop local

ViaVia likes to connect people from all over the world, we like to think globally and we dream big.

However, when it comes to shopping, we like to stay local. Very local.
Buying from local shops and working with local artisans benefits the people in the community and their families directly. Not only do we support small shops, vendors at the market, ladies on the street selling fruit & veggies, painters and carpenters, we’re also giving the planet a small break (tiny, but sill..) by reducing the impact on the environment.
How we do this? 
. We buy our food at the local market, from ladies selling fruit & veggies on the street, in a local supermarket
. In our menu, we try to avoid expensive, imported produce. You might find some chocolate for our yummie chocolate mousse in our cupboard but when we have the choice, we will always choose the local product
. ALL our furniture (tables, chairs, sofa, beds, night stand, desks, bar, reception,…) are made by a local carpenter with local materials. (It’s for sale. If you want to contribute locally, you know what to do 🙂 )
. We buy local fabric and ask a tailor to make cute and reusable napkins! The vendor and tailor earn some money, we have beautiful napkins and we reduce waste! Win win win!
. We don’t buy plastic bottles but we offer water in carafes. That way we reduce the use of single-use plastics by hundreds per month.
. We stopped buying plastic straws and we invested in metal ones. Stylish and eco-friendly. 
. We recycle glass bottles (Bee Light makes beautiful glasses and candle holders) and the bottles that do come in go to Azizi Life Boutique as they use them in their workshops. 
. We’ve bought 2 bikes so our staff can do some quick en eco-friendly shopping in the neighbourhood. Plus they get a free workout.. 
. Last but not least! All our compostable waste goes to.. the compost pile in the garden!  

How to get there

You can find us here!

https://goo.gl/maps/DXUZvfRRNBrikw7M6

When you are at Kimironko Market (it’s very easy, you’ll see):

  • take the main road to Kibagabaga (this is KG 19 Ave)
  • turn left just before the hospital at KG 299 St
  • Go all the way down until the T-junction
  • Turn right, it’s the 3rd house (KG 306 St, number 1)

E-mail travel directions