22 days in Rwanda Itinerary

22 days in Rwanda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Rwanda vacation planner
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Fly to Kigali International Airport, Drive to Ruhengeri
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Ruhengeri
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kibuye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Butare
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kigali
— 13 nights
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Ruhengeri — 3 nights

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Step out of Ruhengeri to go to Rubavu and see Congo Nile Trail, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, contemplate the long history of Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ruhengeri trip app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Ruhengeri is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Ruhengeri due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Ruhengeri are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kibuye.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Side Trips
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Kibuye — 2 nights

Kibuye is a city in Karongi District, and the headquarters of the Western Province in Rwanda.LocationThe city lies on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu, between Gisenyi and Cyangugu, approximately 135km, by road, west of Kigali, the capital and largest city in the country. On the 31st (Wed), engage your brain at Museum of Environment and then explore the activities along Lake Kivu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Bisesero Genocide Memorial and then admire the sheer force of Les Chutes de Ndaba.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kibuye road trip planner.

Getting from Ruhengeri to Kibuye by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Butare.
Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Butare — 3 nights

Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Butare: Nyanza (The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa & The Royal Palace). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of King's Palace Museum, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Butare catholic Cathedral.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Butare route planning website.

Traveling by car from Kibuye to Butare takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Kibuye, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Butare, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kigali.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Kigali — 13 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.
Spend the 16th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nyamata Church, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the exciting artwork at Abien Arts Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kigali trip planner.

Getting from Butare to Kigali by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 17:

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.