17 days in Rwanda Itinerary

17 days in Rwanda Itinerary

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17 days in Rwanda Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Kibuye
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Butare
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Kinigi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kigali
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Vancouver

2
nights
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Congo Nile Trail and Les Chutes de Ndaba. The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Bisesero Genocide Memorial, get curious at Museum of Environment, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kibuye itinerary tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Kibuye is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in October, expect Kibuye to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Butare.

Things to do in Kibuye

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Congo Nile Trail
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Lake Kivu ©
Lake Kivu
Congo Nile Trail ©
Congo Nile Trail
Bisesero Genocide Memorial ©
Bisesero Genocide Memorial

2
nights
Butare

Butare ©
Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa, then see the interesting displays at Murambi Genocide Memorial Center, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Nyungwe National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Butare trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kibuye to Butare takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Kibuye, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Butare, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kinigi.

Things to do in Butare

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Kinigi

Kinigi ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Iby'iwacu Cultural Village and Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kinigi: Ruhengeri (Kayaking & Canoeing & Volcans National Park). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Virunga National Park.

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Traveling by car from Butare to Kinigi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Butare in October, things will get a bit cooler in Kinigi: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Kigali.

Things to do in Kinigi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ruhengeri
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Volcans National Park ©
Volcans National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Virunga National Park ©
Virunga National Park

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Librarie Ikirezi and Amahoro Stadium. Spend the 21st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 22nd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at MAMA Rwanda Hostel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kigali, sample the fine beverages at 1000 Hills Distillery, and stop by Rwanda Clothing Store.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kigali trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Kinigi to Kigali by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kinigi in October: high temperatures in Kigali hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kigali

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Librarie Ikirezi ©
Librarie Ikirezi
MAMA Rwanda Hostel ©
MAMA Rwanda Hostel

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