Kigali - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

Kigali is a very green city but regardless air quality can be bad especially during dry seasons. It is located in quite a high altitude that requires time to adjust for a newcomer. - Oct 2023

Air quality is bad, and extremely bad during certain parts of the year. This came as a big shock to us, particularly given that Rwanda is otherwise impeccably clean. The air quality has become a major issue and concern for us, particularly since homes are very porous and there is really no way to escape it. Kigali is a great post, except for the air quality. Had we known how bad it was, we probably would not have bid on it. - Aug 2023

Air quality isn’t great but not horrible. There’s a lot of dust in the air especially during dry season. - Jan 2022

The air quality in Kigali is moderate. People with allergies seem to have some problems during dry season. - Jul 2020

Good to moderate. Almost no industry in Rwanda and while some cars are very polluting, traffic is only light to moderate. During the long dry season, some bad air can blow in, so my favorite time of year is the short dry season (northern winter). - Sep 2019

Good. - Jun 2018

Pretty good. In the dry season (June through September) the dust can get bad. I haven't felt affected by bad air quality though! - Dec 2017

Air quality fluctuates. There's lots of dust, sometimes debris from burning (either for warmth or disposal), and some seasonal plant-related problems. I haven't found the air quality to impact my daily life. - Jan 2017

Though the air looks clean, according to the med unit, the air in Kigali can sometimes be 3x worse than the worse air quality in the U.S. due to lack of controls over emissions and all the motos. - Apr 2016

Air quality is generally good, but in the dry season it can be dusty and those with allergies should come prepared. - Oct 2014

Air quality is good for the most part. In the dry season there is a lot dust so that can affect air quality. - Jul 2014

Not too bad, but you do have vehicles spewing black smoke from their exhaust. - Sep 2013

Great! - May 2012

The air quality is good. - Apr 2012

Most of the time it is good. During the dry season it is dusty and hot. - Jul 2011

Air quality is pretty poor during the day in the capital, but at night and outside of town there are zero problems. - Oct 2010

Good, there is some garbage burning but not often and not much and the rain takes care of anything that gets too bad. - Jan 2010

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