Tennis fans in Kigali are in luck because there are several places to play scattered all around town. With the beautiful weather and clay courts, playing tennis here is fun… and not super expensive, either. Getting ahold of a decent tennis racket and balls in Kigali will be a challenge, though, so it’s probably best to bring your equipment from home. Make sure to also bring a decent sized supply of socks as the clay courts will turn them all a nice shade of orange.
Cercle Sportif is a well-known recreation center in Kigali that offers a range of sports activities, with a particularly strong reputation for tennis. The facility boasts six clay courts, which attract a high number of skilled players. Prices per 1 hour session are Rwf 3,000 for children under 14 and Rwf 5,000 for adults. You can also buy a membership but I’m not certain how much it costs.
You can access the courts from as early as 6 am, but it’s essential to book in advance to avoid disappointment due to high demand. Booking days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and you can talk to your coach, and they will book for you.
If you’re feeling sporty you could also take advantage of their ping pong, volleyball, basketball, and squash areas. Or chill out by the pool. They’ve got a restaurant where the brochettes are reportedly tasty, and they show sports on the TVs. So, if you want to fit in more than just tennis, Cercle Sportif is a great place to play.
Hotel Des Mille Collines
This Kiyovu hotel has only one court tucked away at the side of the pool and if you play like me, you could find yourself launching balls all over the place. The fences around the court are high, but they’re also fairly close to the edge of the playing area which, for me, would most certainly mean a lot of lost balls. It costs Rwf 5,000 to rent the court for an hour. The court is central with a nice view.
Nyarutarama Sports Club
If you live out in Nyarutarama then this sports club near the golf course is the place to be. There are a few courts on either side of a quiet road. It also costs Rwf 5,000 to rent a court per hour. This seems pretty expensive when compared to the other courts around town.
You can also find tennis courts in Kigali Convention Center, but I hear it can be quite pricey. There is also Kicukiro Ecology Tennis club with six courts. They used to be at Amahoro stadium, but changed venues when reconstruction started at the stadium.