11 days in Rwanda Itinerary

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Ruhengeri
— 3 nights
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Kibuye
— 2 nights
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Kigali
— 5 nights
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Ruhengeri — 3 nights

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Change things up with a short trip to Congo Nile Trail in Rubavu (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Volcanoes National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, stop by Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, and steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ruhengeri itinerary planner.

Lagos, Nigeria to Ruhengeri is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lagos in January, with highs in Ruhengeri at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can 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. On the 8th (Sun), see what you can catch with Kivu boat tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu, and then engage your brain at Museum of Environment. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Bisesero Genocide Memorial and then take in the dramatic scenery at Les Chutes de Ndaba.

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You can drive from Ruhengeri to Kibuye in 3 hours. Traveling from Ruhengeri in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kibuye, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kigali.
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Kigali — 5 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 11th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 13th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyamata Church, take in the exciting artwork at Inema Arts Centre, look for gifts at Azizi Life Boutique, and explore the galleries of Mama Rwanda Village.

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

Getting from Kibuye to Kigali by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Kibuye in January, expect nights in Kigali to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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