21 days in Rwanda Itinerary

21 days in Rwanda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Rwanda route planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Kigali
— 10 nights
Drive
2
Ruhengeri
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Gisenyi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kibuye
— 1 night
Drive
5
Butare
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Eastern Province
— 1 night
Drive to Kigali International Airport, Fly to San Francisco

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Kigali — 10 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 24th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: gain a rich perspective with Go Kigali Tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial, view the masterpieces at Niyo Arts Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyamata Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kigali road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Kigali is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kigali. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in Kigali hover around 79°F and lows are around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ruhengeri.
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Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

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 nature, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Volcanoes National Park, look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope, make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, and paddle through the water with Red Rocks Rwanda.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ruhengeri visit planning site.

Drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kigali in December: high temperatures in Ruhengeri hover around 73°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gisenyi.
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Nature · Parks · Adventure · Wildlife
Side Trips

Gisenyi — 1 night

Lakeshore activities, water sports opportunities, private clubs, and an all-around laid-back spirit define Gisenyi.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Congo Nile Trail and then see the sights as you ascend with Nyiragongo Expedition.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gisenyi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Gisenyi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gisenyi when traveling from Ruhengeri in December, with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kibuye.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Trails
Side Trip

Kibuye — 1 night

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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Bisesero Genocide Memorial, explore the activities along Lake Kivu, and then get curious at Museum of Environment.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kibuye day trip app.

Getting from Gisenyi to Kibuye by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kibuye are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Butare.
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Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks

Butare — 2 nights

Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Huye Mountain Coffee and then examine the collection at Murambi Genocide Memorial Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of The Royal Palace, then take an in-depth tour of King's Palace Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda.

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You can drive from Kibuye to Butare in 3.5 hours. December in Butare sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Eastern Province.
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Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Eastern Province — 1 night

Eastern Province is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. On the 11th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Rusumo Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Eastern Province trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Butare to Eastern Province in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Nature · Parks
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Rwanda travel guide

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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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