10 days in Rwanda Itinerary

10 days in Rwanda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Rwanda route planner

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Kigali
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ruhengeri
— 1 night
Drive
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Kibuye
— 1 night
Drive
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Butare
— 1 night
Drive
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Eastern Province
— 1 night
Drive

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Kigali

— 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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Safaris will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, wander the streets of Muslim Quarter, sample the fine beverages at 1000 Hills Distillery, and view the masterpieces at Niyo Arts Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kigali trip itinerary planning site.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiport is Kigali International Airport. September in Kigali sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll set off for Ruhengeri on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Kigali

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Ruhengeri

— 1 night
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
On the 29th (Thu), make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Volcanoes National Park and then explore the activities along Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ruhengeri vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kigali to Ruhengeri takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Ruhengeri is a bit cooler than Kigali - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kibuye.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Kibuye

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Bisesero Genocide Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu, and then engage your brain at Museum of Environment.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kibuye trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Ruhengeri to Kibuye in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Ruhengeri in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kibuye, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Butare.

Things to do in Kibuye

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Butare

— 1 night
Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Nyungwe National Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Butare trip planner.

Getting from Kibuye to Butare by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kibuye in October: highs in Butare hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Eastern Province.

Things to do in Butare

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Eastern Province

— 1 night
Eastern Province is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rusumo Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Eastern Province online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Butare to Eastern Province takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Eastern Province can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Eastern Province

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Rwanda travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nature & 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.