In 1994, during the 3-month campaign of genocide in Rwanda, tens of thousands of people sought refuge in churches and hotels around the country. In the capital city of Kigali, up to a thousand of those people were at the Hotel Des Mille Collines.
The story of the hotel, and the manager at that time, Paul Rusesabagina, formed the basis for the popular movie “Hotel Rwanda” starring Don Cheadle.
Hotel Des Mille Collines (Hotel of a Thousand Hills)
The hotel lobby.
Inside one of the guest rooms.
The poolside dining area. Kristin Luna and William, our driver, are sitting to the left.
Avocados are a popular starter (appetizer) in Rwanda.
Post-lunch tweeting on my BlackBerry Curve.
The Rwandan Franc features images of the endangered mountain gorilla.
The outdoor bar is a popular happy hour spot for tourists and expats in Kigali.