About this listing
We have a humble place for you to call home when in Kigali. We offer a bedroom in our house in Kiyovu a secure neighbourhood that boasts of several restaurants and a stones throw away from the city center for any of your transport or shopping needs.
Kiyovu is a quiet neighbourhood, separated from the upcoming night spots eating away other residential areas, and very near the town center should you need anything at anytime of the day or night.
The room has a double sized bed and comfortable mattress to rest.
There is a desk available in which you can comfortably immerse yourself in literature or work which is provided in your room as well.
Our guest will access a fully equipped kitchen a spacious living room and dining area.
There is a washing machine which makes it even easier to do your laundry and our house-engineer Prisca will iron your clothes upon drying.
Interaction with Guests
We stay in a very art inspired house one of our housemates invests a lot of her free-time decorating, expect some nights in the porch with wine and beautiful ukulele music. Depending on the nights, sometimes we'll walk in still carrying the burdens of our work into the house and continue being absorbed in it, or we'll come and go for a night out dancing or cook and dine together.
The view...there are few places in the city that you can see the lights beneath your feet.
Moto bikes are easy to get around, our house is situated in a place accessible by foot, car or bike.
From the bus park its 10 min by motorbike/car.
From the airport its 25 min by car (traffic included).
If you wish to rent a car there is space and I'll help you with my contacts and it'll be cheaper than doing online or at the airport.
Other Things to Note
Beddings will be provided for guests staying not more than 2 weeks.
Neatness and hygiene is encouraged especially in the common spaces.
Pets are allowed, we already have a couple that live harmoniously without interrupting the "settlement".
Smoking is allowed outside the inner walls of the house.
The reservation was canceled 34 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Ich verbrachte rund 4 Wochen in Kiyovu - einer idyllischen, ruhigen Gegend in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft zum Präsidentenpalast. Die Mitbewohner rund um Nash und Ana sind grossartig und lassen die Unterkunft mit kleinem Garten, Katzen, Hund, Hühnern, Hasen, gemütlicher Terrasse, Warmwasser-Dusche, europäischer Toilette (beides in Kigali nicht selbstverständlich) und grossem künstlerisch gestaltetem Wohnzimmer zur Nebensache werden. Ein gutherziges Hausmädchen kümmert sich um Ordnung nach abendlichen Film- oder Weinabenden, sodass einem sogar das täglich anstehende Geschirrspülen abgenommen wird. Die Hausgemeinschaft, insbesondere Nash, kennt sich in Kigali gut aus, sodass kein Problem ungelöst bleibt und ein Zurechtfinden einfach gelingt. Das Zimmer ist mit dem notwendigsten eingerichtet und ein Schreibtisch bietet eine gute Möglichkeit seine Reiseerfahrungen in aller Ruhe niederzuschreiben.
"Jede Reise, jede Wanderschaft ist ein Aufbruch zu neuen Ufern, ein Sprengen der Ketten, die uns an den Felsen des Alltäglichen und Gewohnten schmieden." Carl Peter Froehling
Lebendiges Reisen und das Erkennen der Wirklichkeit macht das Leben erst vollends lebenswert; so ist es schlussendlich nicht entscheidend welche Bauwerke oder Landschaften wir auf unserem Reisen sehen, die kann man sich im 21.Jahrhundert mittlerweile alle im Internet anschauen, sondern es sind die Menschen und die gemeinsamen Erlebnisse und Momente, die wir mit Ihnen teilen. Auch wenn der Weg bis in die Stadt zu Fuß etwas mühselig ist, werdet es nicht bereuen nach Kiyovu zu ziehen! Zur Not hilft euch Nash ein Gefährt z.B. ein Fahrrad zu organisieren ;-)
My friend and I spent a little over a week staying with Ara in Kiyovu, and it couldn't have been a better experience. Ara and his roommates were extremely welcoming and accommodating! Although we were only able to make dinner together one night, the conversation was lovely and thought- provoking. Ara was also able to find a car hire for us for our day trip to Akagera, which was extremely helpful. The house is comfortable and in a superb location, which also doesn't hurt :) Highly recommended for anyone traveling to Kigali!
I booked this room for my boyfriend. Ara whom I had the pleasure to also meet in Kigali offered information and communicated in a polite and friendly way. Thank you Ara! Hope to see you next time I stop in Kigali.
Feedback from Zuwa :
"Ara and his wonderful roommates made my first visit to Kigali extremely comfortable and memorable. The room was very spacious, clean and the apartment is an artist's dream. The house is located in an extremely safe part of Kigali and is about 10 mins away from downtown which insured my peace of mind. One evening Ara had an amazing soirée which was definitely the highlight of my stay. He has an eclectic group of friends whom I enjoyed discussing issues facing our beloved African continent and enjoyed their great company. He went above and beyond to make my stay in his home comfortable and my visit to his country memorable."
Ara is an absolute gem! He was so welcoming and really helped me get settled in and comfortable, and his communication with me was outstanding! His roommates and pets were all so friendly, too. I have no doubt we'll stay friends, and look forward to seeing him again when I come back to Kigali. His home is very comfortable, and there's a spectacular view of the Gikondo area below. If you're not familiar with the Kiyovu area, it's very comfortable and safe.
Also, one of the best things to have come out of the experience was his friend who's a driver. I was in Kigali on sort of a mission trip, and couldn't get a hold of our regular driver. Ara arranged for his friend to meet me at the airport, and he became my regular driver when I needed one. He had great rates, and we bonded instantly. Very sweet guy!
You should definitely occupy Kiyovu! ;-)
About the Host, Ara
Eager about life and a lover of exotic foods. I love traveling and the past half decade has taught me a lot from the people I have met in my journeys and those I met in their adventures.
I've grown and lived pretty much in most of East Africa, and I still want to get the most out of it by meeting people and building relationships.
As your guest, invite me to your kitchen. I am sure there is enough to experiment where food is concerned...There are so many colors out there we haven't tasted yet.