1000 Hills Distillery

1000 Hills Distillery, Kigali: Hours, Address, 1000 Hills Distillery Reviews: 4.5/5

1000 Hills Distillery
4.5
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:45 AM - 10:00 PM
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Founded in 2014 by two gentlemen with a love of fine whisky, stunning views and a strong sense of pride in working with local communities, 1000 Hills Distillery was born. But like most great ideas, originally they thought of starting a vineyard, but lucky for us, they thought better! To be honest, it's a challenge to find high quality ingredients, but one of the reasons we chose Rwanda in addition to the amazing resilience of the country is that we could source materials locally, thus supporting micro and small businesses. Since our beginning we come to produce five unique Made in Rwanda, triple distilled liquors, such as a Coffee Liqueur, Vodka, Light Spiced Rum, London Dry Gin and Single Malt Whisky! Unlike most alcohol companies, social impact is at the heart of the company! To learn more, book a Distillery Tour! From all of us at 1000 Hills Distillery, ​please enjoy responsibly.
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africanaddict
Kigali, Rwanda595 contributions
Nov 2021
We had a lovely lunch with friends at 1000 Hills. We had heard about their great views and "hot stone" steaks. The reputation is well deserved.

We were a party of 4, and 2 had the hot lava stone steak, 1 the hot lava stone barramundi, and the other chicken brochettes. It seems the hot lava stone was more effective in cooking the steak than the fish. It was actually challenging to turn the fish often enough to keep it cooking - our fish never got quite done. It worked very well for the steaks - and they were tender and delicious. We'd definitely go back again for the steak. The chicken brochettes were tasty and done perfectly. All hot stone dishes came with a side bowl of fries and a small salad - and choice of either mushroom, pepper or garlic sauce. The pepper sauce was really peppery. The mushroom sauce pretty mild, and the garlic sauce we all liked the best. The chicken brochettes came with a tasty peanut sauce.

We all greatly enjoyed our meal and the views. Will definitely make another trip our there. It's worth the drive!

We did not do a tour of the distillery on this trip.
Written November 28, 2021
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Ralph D
Calgary, Canada289 contributions
Nov 2021
A group of us went for lunch at the distillery restaurant. It was a wonderful experience and the view is fantastic, high up on one of the hills around Kigali.
The food and service was fantastic and the sizzling beef served on a hot rock was a great experience.
Written November 27, 2021
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Horse91dancer
Horsham, UK221 contributions
Jan 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed my Distillery tour and tasting. Hussein was the perfect guide, who loves his job. Even though I was on my own, it was a fun and informative hour. The owners are passionate about their distilling, and I learnt a lot. At the end of the tour, Hussein checked that my taxi was there to return me to the hotel!
Next time I am in Kigali I will make sure that I stay for dinner! Great venue up in the hills.
Written January 18, 2020
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Hi, Thanks for the great review. We really appreciated you coming up and spending time at the distillery with us. Hope to see you again soon at The Distillery! Thanks, Hussein
Written January 21, 2020
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MMRBRB
Beirut, Lebanon2 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
The Distillery is not easy to get to but we were eager to go based on reviews. The service was awful at every level and we did not enjoy our evening at all. We arrived to the restaurant to find the patrons included two groups of families and two other couples. The families had essentially taken over the outdoor seating while the indoor restaurant was empty. We stood at the desk as we arrived to check in for a reservation. After several minutes, we gave up and moved to the bar. It took the bar tender a full ten minutes to acknowledge us and when we ordered drinks, he told us he was out of ice. We said we did not mind skipping ice, and ten minutes later, our drinks were served. We asked three times for an order of chips and guacamole. Meantime, the families in the lawn area let their children run wild and when they crashed into us at the bar, we moved indoors where we ordered dinner. The family soon followed us inside, so we asked to be reseated again away from the noisy and misbehaving children. Our only option was a very small hightop table because the rest of the seating area had not been cleaned and remained littered with glasses, bottles, etc. A prime bar area with sofas was taken up by families who put their children to bed there. After being reseated, we waited a very long time for our meal and were actually about to leave when it finally came to the table. The steaks we ordered were fair, but not great and we were irritated that we were not going to have a peaceful evening enjoying cocktails and a view. Between the children running wild, the horrible service and the fact that the restaurant was running short of many key menu and bar ingredients - including ice! - this would never be a place I would recommend. Kigali has many other fantastic options.
Written December 21, 2017
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I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit. My apologies that our outdoor seating was fully occupied by other customers and families with children. It was very unfortunate that you visited us on an evening that we were very busy and one that we were having power issues hence the lack of items on the menu including Ice. I appreciate your negative review as it will give us items we can focus on to improve our service to other clients in this New Year.
Written January 7, 2018
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PlaneJane13
London, UK26 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
So the last thing I expected I’d be doing is visiting a distillery in Rwanda. It’s in a beautiful location, with amazing food and and a lot of valuable learning to be done. The tacos and cocktails are worthy of the trip alone. It’s 20 minutes or about £15-20 by taxi from the Marriott with a hotel executive car. Well worth the visit, we really had an enjoyable experience and brought lots of Christmas tipple 🙈 the place is clean and well put together and the fact that it helps to support the local community through employment, animal feed from the waste and also the denaturalised alcohol for the health department to create insecticide is just an added bonus.
Written October 12, 2018
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We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us
Written November 22, 2018
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MelissaPeery
Arlington, VA540 contributions
Sep 2019
Firstly the location is incredible with sweeping views of Kigali. The tasting room and restaurant are comfortable and casually chic. The food is very good. The cocktail menu is extensive and the staff was very attentive, swapping out a cocktail that didn't quite meet our expectations.

This is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends.
Written October 1, 2019
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Hi MelissaPeery, thanks for the detailed review and for the spotlight on customer service. Hope to see you again up at the distillery!
Written October 7, 2019
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herweg5
Buffalo, NY85 contributions
Sep 2019
1000 Hills Distillery is a must stop when visiting Kigali. You can start your visit off with a guided tour of the distillery, have a cocktail, then an amazing dinner. There are many cocktails to choose from and all the liquor is made right on the premises. The food is top quality...you cook your steak right at the table on a HOT brick. So inventive and unique. The View of the city is breathtaking from the dining area.
Written September 26, 2019
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Thanks, herweg5 for the detailed review, we really appreciate it. You're always welcome back at the Distillery!
Written September 27, 2019
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Domm Wonton
4 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Don’t arrive with high expectations.
We were met by a nice guy in his pyjamas. He told us that he’s part of the marketing team. He took us into the one room that is the distillery. Answered about 40% of our questions with about 60% certainty. He had us sniff some cinnamon and then we sat in an awkward circle, being given shots of the liquor being produced there. We talked briefly about what we liked and disliked. And then we were thanked for being there. I presume he wanted to get back to bed.
I guess it’s not terrible. But i wouldn’t recommend it....
And of course, 25 000 francs is a fair chunk of money to look at stainless steel vats and sniff cinnamon. 🤷🏾‍♂️
Written July 1, 2019
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Hi Dom, Thanks for sharing your feedback. First off, you should have reasonably high expectations, it’s important for quality and experience to be of a good standard, it’s critical as Rwanda positions itself as a luxury destination and thus we apologize for not hitting that standard yesterday. Secondly, we shared the feedback with our head tour guide and our colleague this morning who did the Tour for you and we’re taking actionable steps. In regards to your experience, we’re a small craft batch distillery, hence the size of the distillery but we’re working hard every-day to grow and improve the quality of our tours, liquors and of course grow in size, that’s why we always ask for our customers’ feedback at the end of each tour. In terms of the price, it is price competitive compared to other distillery tours of similar size and nature globally and takes into account the craftsmanship of our Master Distiller, using quality local ingredients to make premium liquors to international standards among other elements. We read & respond to reviews across all platforms. If you have anything else to share, don’t hesitate to email us at info@1000hills.com. All feedback we receive helps us improve our Distillery Tour and restaurant experiences for our future customers.
Written July 2, 2019
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AWirth
14 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
My husband and I enjoyed everything about our trip to 1000 hills! It’s an incredible location. The cocktails were delicious and the staff so knowledgeable about their own products and many types of alcohol in general. We learned a lot!
Written May 1, 2019
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Thank you for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Distillery!
Written May 28, 2019
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leaddict
Copenhagen, Denmark69 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Our visit here was a highlight of our trip to Kigali. Get there just before sunset and order a cocktail. Watch the sun go down and order the sizzling steak or the satay. The service was also very good.
Written January 27, 2019
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Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us.
Written January 29, 2019
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