9 days in Rwanda & Burundi Itinerary

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Fly to Kigali International Airport, Drive to Ruhengeri
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Kigali, Rwanda
— 4 nights
Gitega, Burundi
— 2 nights
Drive to Bujumbura Melchior Ndadaye International Airport, Fly to Brussels


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 7th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcanoes National Park. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, then don't miss a visit to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and then contemplate the long history of Iby'iwacu Cultural Village.

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Brussels, Belgium to Ruhengeri is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Brussels to Ruhengeri, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in October; daily highs in Ruhengeri reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kigali.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint-Famille Church and Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial. Get some cultural insight at Kigali Genocide Memorial and Muslim Quarter. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Inema Arts Centre, look for gifts at Azizi Life Boutique, and sample the fine beverages at 1000 Hills Distillery.

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You can drive from Ruhengeri to Kigali in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, Kigali is somewhat warmer than Ruhengeri - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Gitega.
Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Gitega, Burundi — 2 nights

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. On the 13th (Thu), make a trip to Gishora Drum Sanctuary and then explore the galleries of National Museum of Gitega.

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Traveling by car from Kigali to Gitega takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gitega when traveling from Kigali in October, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

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.