19 days in Rwanda & Uganda Itinerary

19 days in Rwanda & Uganda Itinerary

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Kigali, Rwanda
— 5 nights
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
— 2 nights
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
— 2 nights
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Jinja, Uganda
— 2 nights
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Masindi, Uganda
— 1 night
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Kampala, Uganda
— 4 nights
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Kigali, Rwanda — 5 nights

A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kigali Genocide Memorial and Inema Arts Centre. Spend the 28th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 30th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Niyo Arts Gallery, soothe aching muscles at WAKA Fitness, view the masterpieces at Abien Arts Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nyamata Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kigali trip itinerary maker.

Entebbe, Uganda to Kigali is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Entebbe to Kigali. In August, daily temperatures in Kigali can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ruhengeri.
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Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda — 2 nights

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcanoes National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp and then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ruhengeri road trip planning website.

Drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kigali in September, with highs in Ruhengeri at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda — 2 nights

On the 5th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park trip builder website.

You can drive from Ruhengeri to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ruhengeri to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda — 2 nights

On the 7th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Kazinga Channel and then take in the natural beauty of Katic Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Katwe Tourism Information Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyambura Game Reserve (Kyambura Gorge), and then stroll through Queen's Pavillon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queen Elizabeth National Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park takes 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in September since evenings lows in Queen Elizabeth National Park dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Jinja.
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Jinja, Uganda — 2 nights

Travelers looking for an adrenaline boost flock to Jinja, a bustling town on the shores of Lake Victoria, known as the source of the White Nile.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Source of the Nile - Speke Monument and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jinja attractions planner.

You can fly from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Jinja in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or drive. Traveling from Queen Elizabeth National Park in September, plan for little chillier nights in Jinja, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Masindi.
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Masindi, Uganda — 1 night

Masindi is a town in the Western Region of Uganda. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Murchison Falls National Park.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Masindi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jinja to Masindi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Masindi can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kampala.
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Kampala, Uganda — 4 nights

Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gaddafi National Mosque and Kasubi Tombs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kampala: Entebbe (Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre & Off-Road Tours). Spend the 12th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 15th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Baha'i Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kampala trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Masindi to Kampala in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Kampala, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Rwanda travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.
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Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.
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