33 days in Rwanda, Uganda & Kenya Itinerary

33 days in Rwanda, Uganda & Kenya Itinerary

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Kigali, Rwanda
— 4 nights
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
— 1 night
Drive to Kisoro, Bus to Kampala
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Kampala, Uganda
— 5 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Watamu, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 4 nights
Ferry to Likoni, Drive to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 1 night
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 7 nights
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Kigali, Rwanda

— 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kigali Genocide Memorial and Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial. Visit Ntarama Church and Nyamata Church for their historical value. Take a break from Kigali with a short trip to The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa in Nyanza, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Famille Church, take in the exciting artwork at Inema Arts Centre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ivuka Arts Studio.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kigali journey builder website.

Indore, India to Kigali is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 3.5 hours. When traveling from Indore in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Kigali, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
On the 17th (Wed), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ruhengeri trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Kigali to Ruhengeri takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kigali in November: high temperatures in Ruhengeri hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

— 1 night
On the 19th (Fri), stroll through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ruhengeri to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ruhengeri to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. November in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Kampala, Uganda

— 5 nights
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Gaddafi National Mosque and Kasubi Tombs are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Munyonyo Martyrs' Shrine and Baha'i Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kampala side-trips: Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (in Entebbe) and Our Lady of Peace Cathedral (in Lugazi). Spend the 23rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: stop by Kona.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kampala road trip planning app.

Do a combination of car and bus from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kampala in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in November, Kampala is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Kampala

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 5 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Take a break from the city and head to Mara Triangle and Olare Orok Conservancy. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy and stroll through Musiara Swamp.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve trip planner.

You can fly from Kampala to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kampala in November, with highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve at 23°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Watamu.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Watamu, Kenya

— 3 nights
Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Watamu National Marine Park. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Watamu trip planner.

Fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Watamu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Watamu: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mombasa, Kenya

— 4 nights
Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Fort Jesus Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Haller Park. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mombasa tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Watamu to Mombasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mombasa when traveling from Watamu in December, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Diani Beach, Kenya

— 1 night
On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Diani Beach and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Diani Beach planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mombasa to Diani Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In December in Diani Beach, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nairobi.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Nairobi, Kenya

— 7 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Take a break from the city and head to Nairobi National Park and Off-Road Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Nairobi War Cemetery. Spend the 10th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Karen Blixen Museum, stroll through Giraffe Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nairobi trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Diani Beach to Nairobi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or drive. Traveling from Diani Beach in December, expect Nairobi to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · 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.

Uganda travel guide

4.2
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.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.