12 days in Uganda & Rwanda Itinerary

12 days in Uganda & Rwanda Itinerary

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Entebbe, Uganda
— 1 night
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda
— 2 nights
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Kigali, Rwanda
— 3 nights


Entebbe, Uganda

— 1 night
Nestled on Lake Victoria Peninsula, the laid-back town of Entebbe once served as seat of the colonial government, yet remains widely known as the scene of the 1976 Israeli rescue of hostages kidnapped by Palestinian and German plane hijackers.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then browse the exhibits of Entebbe Crafts Village.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Entebbe trip planner.

Mogadishu, Somalia to Entebbe is an approximately 30-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mogadishu in November; daily highs in Entebbe reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Things to do in Entebbe

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Mutanda. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park route website.

Traveling by car from Entebbe to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Traveling from Entebbe in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, with lows of 16°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Ruhengeri, Rwanda

— 2 nights
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll through Volcanoes National Park and then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ruhengeri online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to Ruhengeri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to Ruhengeri, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Ruhengeri can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for Kigali on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kigali, Rwanda

— 3 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.
Bourbon Cafe has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kigali Genocide Memorial and Inema Arts Centre. When in Kigali, make a side trip to see The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa in Nyanza, approximately Nyanza away. Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kigali itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ruhengeri to Kigali in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ruhengeri in November, you will find days in Kigali are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kigali

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Uganda travel guide

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.

Rwanda travel guide

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.