22 days in Rwanda, Uganda & Kenya Itinerary

22 days in Rwanda, Uganda & Kenya Itinerary

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Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 night
Drive
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Eastern Province, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive to Kigali, Fly to Kampala
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Kampala, Uganda
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Jinja, Uganda
— 1 night
Shuttle to Kampala, Fly to Nairobi
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Watamu, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Kigali, Rwanda — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Inema Arts Centre, see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Ntarama Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyamata Church. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kigali tour itinerary maker site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Kigali is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. In July, Kigali is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Ruhengeri.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
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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 7th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcanoes National Park and then contemplate the long history of Iby'iwacu Cultural Village.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Ruhengeri tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kigali in July: high temperatures in Ruhengeri hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 8th (Fri), you're off to Eastern Province.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Eastern Province, Rwanda — 2 nights

Eastern Province is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Akagera National Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Eastern Province travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Eastern Province takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ruhengeri in July: highs in Eastern Province hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Kampala.
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Kampala, Uganda — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take an unorthodox tour of Kasubi Tombs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaddafi National Mosque, look for gifts at Maridadi Crafts, examine the collection at Uganda Museum, then stop by Kampala Fair, and finally stop by Good Glass.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Kampala trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Eastern Province to Kampala takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Eastern Province to Kampala is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Jinja.
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Jinja, Uganda — 1 night

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 12th (Tue): choose your vessel at Kayak the Nile and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Victoria Nile, contemplate the long history of Source of the Nile - Speke Monument, and then take an in-depth tour of Source of the Nile Museum.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jinja trip maker tool.

You can take a shuttle from Kampala to Jinja in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Nairobi.
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Nairobi, Kenya — 4 nights

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Get in touch with nature at Nairobi National Park and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Head to Anselm's Kitengela Hot Glass and Utamaduni Craft Centrefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, browse the different shops at Westgate Shopping Mall, and have some family-friendly fun at GP Karting.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nairobi online attractions planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Jinja to Nairobi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jinja in July: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Watamu.
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Watamu, Kenya — 3 nights

Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
Step off the beaten path and head to Che Shale Beach and Spiaggia delle Tartarughe. Step out of the city life by going to Falconry of Kenya and Watamu National Marine Park. When in Watamu, make a side trip to see Malindi Market in Malindi, approximately Malindi away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Watamu road trip planning app.

Getting from Nairobi to Watamu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or drive. In July, Watamu is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 32°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mombasa.
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Mombasa, Kenya — 5 nights

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jumba la Mtwana and Old Town. Take a break from the city and head to Diani Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Wasini Island (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bamburi Beach, get engrossed in the history at Fort Jesus Museum, stop by Imani Collective, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mombasa online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Watamu to Mombasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Watamu in July, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Mombasa. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the flight 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

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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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Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.
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