13 days in Rwanda Itinerary

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Kigali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rusumo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ruhengeri
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kibuye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kigali
— 2 nights
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Kigali — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ivuka Arts Studio as well as Inema Arts Centre. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, browse the exhibits of Ivuka Arts Studio, and then explore the galleries of Inema Arts Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kigali trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kigali is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in January: high temperatures in Kigali hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rusumo.
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Rusumo — 2 nights

You've now added Akagera National Park to your itinerary.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Rusumo journey planning website.

Drive from Kigali to Rusumo in 3.5 hours. January in Rusumo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ruhengeri.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Ruhengeri — 4 nights

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp and Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Volcanoes National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ruhengeri tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rusumo to Ruhengeri in 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rusumo in January; daily highs in Ruhengeri reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kibuye.
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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. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa, Nyungwe National Park and Lake Kivu. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kibuye travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Kibuye takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ruhengeri in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kibuye, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kigali.
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Kigali — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Niyo Arts Gallery as well as Kimironko Market. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kimironko Market and then expand your horizons at Nyamirambo Women's Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kigali trip planning website.

You can drive from Kibuye to Kigali in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Kibuye in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kigali: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Shopping · Tours · Classes · Museums

Rwanda travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · National 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.
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Eastern Province travel guide

4.4
National Parks · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
Eastern Province is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. It was created in early January 2006 as part of a government decentralization program that re-organized the country's local government structures.It has seven districts: Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Ngoma, Kirehe, Nyagatare and Rwamagana. The capital city of the Eastern Province is Rwamagana.The Eastern Province comprises the former provinces of Kibungo and Umutara, most of Kigali Rural, and part of Byumba.HistoryIt is not known when the territory of present day Rwanda was first inhabited, but it is thought that humans moved into the area following the last ice age either in the Neolithic period, around ten thousand years ago, or in the long humid period which followed, up to around 3000 BC. Archaeological excavations have revealed evidence of sparse settlement by hunter gatherers in the late stone age, followed by a larger population of early Iron Age settlers, who produced dimpled pottery and iron tools. By the 17th century it is thought that most of Rwanda was inhabited, with a fairly even spread of population across the hills of the country.

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Musanze District travel guide

4.7
National Parks · Landmarks · Historic Sites