16 days in Rwanda & Burundi Itinerary

16 days in Rwanda & Burundi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa travel route planner

Travel Warning: Security Concerns   More Info
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kigali, Rwanda
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kibuye, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Butare, Rwanda
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Rutana Province, Burundi
— 2 nights
Drive to Bujumbura Melchior Ndadaye International Airport, Fly to Brussels

S M T W T F S
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4

Kigali, Rwanda

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Campaign Against Genocide Museum and Mt. Kigali. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nyamata Church and Ntarama Church. Spend the 15th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at MAMA Rwanda Hostel, stop by Marembo Rehabilitation Center for Girls, take in the exciting artwork at Kigali Center for Photography, and shop like a local with Ivuka Arts Studio.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kigali trip maker site.

Brussels, Belgium to Kigali is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in November, expect Kigali to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Ruhengeri, Rwanda

— 2 nights
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
On the 21st (Sun), make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp and then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope and then see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ruhengeri online holiday planner.

You can drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kigali in November, with highs in Ruhengeri at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kibuye.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Kibuye, Rwanda

— 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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get curious at Museum of Environment and then explore the activities along Lake Kivu. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Bisesero Genocide Memorial and then take in the dramatic scenery at Les Chutes de Ndaba.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kibuye trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Kibuye takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ruhengeri in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kibuye, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Butare.

Things to do in Kibuye

Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Butare, Rwanda

— 3 nights
Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa and Murambi Genocide Memorial Center. The Royal Palace and Butare catholic Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda and get engrossed in the history at King's Palace Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Butare online tour builder.

Drive from Kibuye to Butare in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rutana Province.

Things to do in Butare

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Rutana Province, Burundi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Karera Waterfalls.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rutana Province trip builder.

Traveling by car from Butare to Rutana Province takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rutana Province

Nature · Parks

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
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.

Burundi travel guide

2.9
Nature & Parks · Historic Sites · Monuments
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.