19 days in Rwanda Itinerary

19 days in Rwanda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Rwanda tour planner

Make it your trip
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Kigali
— 9 nights
Drive
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Butare
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kibuye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ruhengeri
— 4 nights
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Kigali

— 9 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 20th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, view the masterpieces at Ivuka Arts Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyamata Church, and contemplate the long history of Ntarama Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kigali itinerary builder app.

Doha, Qatar to Kigali is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Doha to Kigali. December in Kigali sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Butare.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

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). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at King's Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Butare catholic Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Butare trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kigali to Butare by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In December, daytime highs in Butare are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kibuye.

Things to do in Butare

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): engage your brain at Museum of Environment and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Bisesero Genocide Memorial and then take in the dramatic scenery at Les Chutes de Ndaba.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kibuye online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Butare to Kibuye in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Butare in December: highs in Kibuye hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kibuye

Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Ruhengeri

— 4 nights
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Take a break from Ruhengeri with a short trip to Congo Nile Trail in Rubavu, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Start your trip to Ruhengeri by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Kibuye to Ruhengeri in 3 hours. Traveling from Kibuye in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ruhengeri, with lows of 15°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.