23 days in Rwanda Itinerary

23 days in Rwanda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Rwanda trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Kigali International Airport, Drive to Eastern Province
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Eastern Province
— 2 nights
Drive
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Byumba
— 1 night
Drive
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Ruhengeri
— 3 nights
Drive
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Muhanga
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kibuye
— 3 nights
Drive
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Butare
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kigali
— 4 nights
Fly

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Eastern Province

— 2 nights
Eastern Province is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akagera National Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Eastern Province tour itinerary planning site.

Lodz, Poland to Eastern Province is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lodz to Eastern Province. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Byumba.

Things to do in Eastern Province

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Byumba

— 1 night
Byumba is a city in northern Rwanda, and is the capital of Gicumbi District. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byumba Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Byumba road trip planner.

You can drive from Eastern Province to Byumba in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Byumba are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll set off for Ruhengeri on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Byumba

Historic Sites

Ruhengeri

— 3 nights
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Ruhengeri is known for parks, shopping, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Volcanoes National Park, make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, and steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ruhengeri trip site.

Getting from Byumba to Ruhengeri by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Byumba in July, expect Ruhengeri to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Muhanga.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muhanga

— 3 nights
Muhanga is a city in Rwanda, in the Muhanga District, in Southern Province. Muhanga is known for classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Ahazaza Centre.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Muhanga sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Ruhengeri to Muhanga in 2 hours. Traveling from Ruhengeri in July, you will find days in Muhanga are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You'll set off for Kibuye on the 11th (Wed).
Highlights from your trip

Kibuye

— 3 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. Kibuye is known for nature, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu and gain insight at Bisesero Genocide Memorial.

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

Traveling by car from Muhanga to Kibuye takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Muhanga in July: highs in Kibuye hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. You'll set off for Butare on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Kibuye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Butare

— 4 nights
Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Step out of Butare to go to Nyanza and see The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 15th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Nyungwe National Park. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of King's Palace Museum, examine the collection at Murambi Genocide Memorial Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Butare catholic Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Butare trip planner.

Drive from Kibuye to Butare in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kibuye in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Butare, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kigali.

Things to do in Butare

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kigali

— 4 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 (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, look for gifts at Rwanda Clothing Store, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kimironko Market, and contemplate the long history of Ntarama Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kigali journey planner.

Traveling by car from Butare to Kigali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Butare in July, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Kigali. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kigali

Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.