13 days in Kigali, Kigoma & Uganda Itinerary

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Kigali, Rwanda
— 3 nights
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Kigoma, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
— 1 night
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
— 2 nights
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Jinja, Uganda
— 1 night
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Kampala, Uganda
— 1 night
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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.
Spend the 7th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, view the masterpieces at Inema Arts Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the galleries of Choose Kigali Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kigali trip planning app.

Nairobi, Kenya to Kigali is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time to Central Africa Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kigoma.
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Kigoma, Tanzania — 3 nights

Kigoma is a town and lake port in western Tanzania, on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika and close to the border with Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum & Memorial.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kigoma road trip planning site.

Getting from Kigali to Kigoma by car takes about 8.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kigali to Kigoma due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kigali in December, Kigoma is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. You will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the 11th (Sun).
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kigoma to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes 12 hours. Traveling from Kigoma in December, expect Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Kyambura Game Reserve (Kyambura Gorge) and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katic Safaris. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Katwe Tourism Information Centre, explore the activities along Kazinga Channel, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Queen's Pavillon.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park route maker.

You can drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in December, expect Queen Elizabeth National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Jinja.
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Jinja, Uganda — 1 night

Adventure Capital of East Africa

Travelers looking for an adrenaline boost flock to Jinja, a bustling town on the shores of Lake Victoria, known as the source of the White Nile.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Source of the Nile - Speke Monument, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the activities along Victoria Nile.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Jinja trip maker app.

Fly from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Jinja in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Jinja are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Kampala.
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Kampala, Uganda — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kampala trip site.

You can take a shuttle from Jinja to Kampala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kampala, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Uganda travel guide

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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.
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