16 days in Rwanda Itinerary

16 days in Rwanda Itinerary

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16 days in Rwanda Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  32​h
1
Kigali
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ruhengeri
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Muhanga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Butare
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kibuye
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Eastern Province
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Los Angeles

4
nights
Kigali

Kigali ©
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. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyamata Church, browse the collection at Librarie Ikirezi, and view the masterpieces at Ivuka Arts Studio.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kigali trip planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Kigali is an approximately 32-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Kigali due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kigali when traveling from Los Angeles in November, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife
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Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Inema Arts Centre ©
Inema Arts Centre
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Ruhengeri

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Volcans National Park and then contemplate the long history of Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Virunga National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ruhengeri planning site .

You can drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kigali in November; daily highs in Ruhengeri reach 70°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Muhanga.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
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Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes National Park
Virunga National Park ©
Virunga National Park

1
night
Muhanga

Muhanga ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Ahazaza Centre.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Muhanga online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Ruhengeri to Muhanga in 2 hours. In November, Muhanga is a bit warmer than Ruhengeri - with highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Butare.
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Ahazaza Centre ©
Ahazaza Centre

2
nights
Butare

Butare ©
Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. On the 14th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nyungwe National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa, take an in-depth tour of King's Palace Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Butare trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Muhanga to Butare by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kibuye.

Things to do in Butare

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda, The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa
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Nyungwe National Park ©
Nyungwe National Park
King's Palace Museum ©
King's Palace Museum
Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda ©
Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda

1
night
Kibuye

Kibuye ©
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Bisesero Genocide Memorial and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kibuye day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Butare to Kibuye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Eastern Province.

Things to do in Kibuye

Parks Nature
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Lake Kivu ©
Lake Kivu

2
nights
Eastern Province

Eastern Province ©
Eastern Province is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through Akagera National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Eastern Province trip app .

You can drive from Kibuye to Eastern Province in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kibuye in November: highs in Eastern Province hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 61°F. On the 18th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Eastern Province

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Akagera National Park ©
Akagera National Park

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