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Kacyiru Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda

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116 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 92%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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Nice hostel, very helpful staff and good breakfast is included. The only thing that would be nice is to have your own locker, at the moment they only have one general safety locker for all the guests. They have just opened a new hostel in gisenyi that is highly recommendable!!


In october/14, I spend three days in this hostel during my backpack trip trough East Africa and it was on of the best days ever. All the structure and atmosphere made these days wonderful, but my highlight is for the staff: they are the best people of all. I have special thanks to Privat Rutayisire, who treated me VERY well, with attention, kindness, responsability and respect. Other thanks to Pascaline and Innonciate, they are wonderful employees also.


I stayed at Discover Rwanda with friends for about a week, and had a great time. I wish the bathrooms had been a bit cleaner and would have appreciated access to proper safety lockers, but the place was full of friendly people and excellent staff, and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.

  • 6th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Norway
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This a very chilled out hostel, perfect for relaxing and using as base for exploring the rest of the country. Kigali is a very spread out city so whilst the location isn't great it couldn't be much better. The staff are great. It would be good if they played music. The WIFI is pretty good. It's clean for African backpacker accommodation! There weren't any lockers in our room and the security lock up wasn't great.


Very well run hostel approx 10 mins drive from Kigali City Centre. Clean rooms / dorms with breakfast included in room cost. Very helpful staff. They give good advice about Kigali and travel in rest of Rwanda. Nothing was too much trouble.


Very good staff and a great place to stay!

  • 21st Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Whyer_A
  • France
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


If you want to meet all the interesting people who work in NGOs and travel across Africa - stay here!


I like this place, but it needs some updates, and because of the age and type of building, they definitely need to stay on top of cleaning it (i.e. the showers and the bathrooms). The staff were very friendly, but could have been more knowledgeable. It's also quite expensive as hostels go, though that is probably (at least partly) due to Kigali being more expensive than your average African city.


Great hostel for travelers. The staff was endlessly friendly and helpful. The food was great. Easy moto ride to anywhere in Kigali. Great mix of people to network with. Would recommend this to anyone and will stay here again.


Very nice Crew and a very nice terrace where it is very easy to get to know new people, especially when travelling alone. But you have to take a moto to the city center, and there are many cheaper hostels in the center which offer private rooms to a price like a dorm room in the Disc Rwanda. But staff and atmosphere are really extraordinary!


I had a wonderful stay at Discover Rwanda - the staff are unbelievably helpful, the hostel is clean and comfortable, and there is a communal bar area that makes it really easy to meet both fellow travellers and also local people who come for a drink. I would recommend this place for anyone new to Rwanda, and especially anyone travelling alone.

  • 18th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


great place for young people

  • 27th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


Sanitary facilities are not very nice, but who really cares when staff and atmosphere are great? Breakfast could be improved


Overall a great cheap place to stay. However its not located right in the city, about a 10 min drive to the heart of the city.


Stayed 2 nights, and everything was okay, no bedbugs, nice balcony, quiet room and a nice welcoming feeling when you where at the outside common area. But no hot showers:/


Nice place, friendly people!


Friendly staff and good breakfast


Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel is clean, with friendly staff and patrons, a very relaxed atmosphere, and a nice view from the decks. Excellent wi-fi access throughout. One person in our group is a vegetarian and the day's menu didn't include a vegetarian option, but the chef happily prepared a veggie burger for our friend. Overall we really enjoyed our stay here. Would certainly recommend.

  • 7th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great place. Very friendly and helpful staff and a great atmosphere

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