9 days in Rwanda & Burundi Itinerary

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Fly to Kigali International Airport, Drive to Ruhengeri
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 1 night
Kigali, Rwanda
— 3 nights
Gitega, Burundi
— 1 night
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 2 nights


Ruhengeri, Rwanda — 1 night

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcanoes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ruhengeri journey planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Ruhengeri is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Ruhengeri is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in October: high temperatures in Ruhengeri hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kigali.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

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.
Visit Saint-Famille Church and Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Azizi Life Boutique and 1000 Hills Distillery. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Ivuka Arts Studio, and explore the galleries of Choose Kigali Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kigali planner.

Getting from Ruhengeri to Kigali by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ruhengeri in October: high temperatures in Kigali hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gitega.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Gitega, Burundi — 1 night

Gitega is the second largest city in Burundi, lying east of Bujumbura.OverviewIt is the capital of Gitega Province, one of the 17 provinces of Burundi. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Gishora Drum Sanctuary and then explore the galleries of National Museum of Gitega.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gitega vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Kigali to Gitega takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kigali in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gitega, with lows of 25°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bujumbura.

Bujumbura, Burundi — 2 nights

Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Regina Mundi Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Musee Vivant, and then stroll through Reptile Park (Parc des Reptiles).

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bujumbura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gitega to Bujumbura takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Bujumbura are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Rwanda travel guide

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.

Burundi travel guide

Nature & Parks · Historic Sites · Monuments
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.