49 days in Rwanda Itinerary

49 days in Rwanda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Rwanda trip planner
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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Kigali
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Kigali
— 20 nights
Drive
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Ruhengeri
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kibuye
— 7 nights
Drive
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Huye
— 7 nights
Drive
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Eastern Province
— 7 nights
Drive to Kigali International Airport, Fly to Exeter

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Kigali — 20 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 12th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, wander the streets of Muslim Quarter, look for gifts at Rwanda Clothing Store, and get advice or help at Librarie Ikirezi Bookshop.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kigali tour itinerary maker.

Exeter, UK to Kigali is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Exeter to Kigali. In May, daily temperatures in Kigali can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ruhengeri.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Ruhengeri — 7 nights

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
When in Ruhengeri, make a side trip to see Congo Nile Trail in Rubavu, approximately Rubavu away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, don't miss a visit to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, and stop by Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope.

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Traveling by car from Kigali to Ruhengeri takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kigali in May, with highs in Ruhengeri at 25°C and lows at 17°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to Kibuye.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
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Kibuye — 7 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. Kibuye is known for nature, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu, engage your brain at Museum of Environment, steep yourself in history at Bisesero Genocide Memorial, and take in the dramatic scenery at Les Chutes de Ndaba.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kibuye trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Kibuye takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kibuye can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Huye.
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Huye — 7 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Nyanza (The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa & The Royal Palace), Our Lady of Kibeho Shrine (in Kibeho) and Butare (Nyungwe National Park, King's Palace Museum, &more).

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Huye trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kibuye to Huye in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Eastern Province.
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Eastern Province — 7 nights

Eastern Province is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Eastern Province trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Huye to Eastern Province takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In June in Eastern Province, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sun).
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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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