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Itinerary - only 3 days Rwanda

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I know that it's not a very long time and I am probably asking a lot but we have only 3 days in Rwanda due to a very extended trip through Africa. My wife are seasoned travellers and have a view to do as much as possible.

At the end of this month (May) we arrive around 1pm at Kigali Airport and wish to do the Gorilla trek the next morning (this has been booked with the ORTPN). I am thinking it would be a good idea to go to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre from the airport and then on to Ruhengeri for the night.

After the Gorilla trek the next day we are thinking about us grabbing a taxi ($35??) to Gisenyi for the night. The next day I would love to go to Goma for the morning (if it's safe and we are able to get visas at the border - rough price??).

After this we would like to take a taxi and head to Kigali but take in Nyamata and Ntarama for the Genocide memorials (rough price??). We have accommodation sorted for our last night, in Kigali before our early morning flight the next day to Nairobi.

I know some people may say that this is a pretty packed schedule, but to me it seems do-able and we would rather go to the lovely country of Rwanda, than never. Some feedback would be very much appreciated.

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    Hi there Oetravellers - good on you, so what if people think it's a packed schedule and you may be a bit crazy!!
    Great idea to do the memorial straight from the airport - it's got to be done and you need to spend a couple or three hours there; and then travel thro' to Ruhengeri for the night before your gorilla trek. (I stayed at the very satisfactory Kinigi Guest House if you need any feedback on accommodation - it's the cheapest and very adequate; there is of course Virunga Lodge at about US$1000 pppn sharing ... I don't know your budget!)
    Depending on which gorilla group you see, you could be finished by late morning and on the road again by lunch time. (Try and get Francois as your guide ... he is the best.)
    Definitely try and stay at Paradis Malahide in Gisenyi if you can - situated in Rubona, 6km from town centre, tel no. 08 648650 or 756204 - about RF 15000 a night, (worth staying here for the atmosphere EVEN if you have a high end budget!) great food and lovely, authentic accommodation - volcanic rock rondavels - right on Lake Kivu.
    No idea about crossing over to the Congo and we didn't do the churches - according to my Bradt guidebook there is no entry charge, but tips for the guides are expected and deserved.
    Have a wonderful 3 days.
    Bushchick

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    I think it's doable, though I would skip the genocide memorial in Kigali (everyone else on this forum will likely disagree). It is a powerful memorial, but Nyamata is more powerful (because it is a place where the events took place vs. the genocide memorial in Kigali which is more like the Holocaust Museum in DC). Also, with 3 days I would rather soak up more of Rwanda today and the people.

    You can take the Virunga bus from Kigali to Ruhengeri for $2. It is about a 3 hour drive and perfectly comfortable. I stayed at the Hotel Murhabura in Ruhengeri, which was clean and nice and the owner took good care of our gear while we were trekking. We took a taxi to Gisenyi and it is about $35. The owner at the Murhabura arranged it for us. I would recommend NOT going at night, which we did and was stupid in hindsight. The cars don't use lights, and I kept thinking that we were screwed if we got a puncture.

    We stayed at the Palm in Gisenyi, though I think it has closed. We walked to the border with Goma, but didn't have our passports. It's kind of a shit show over there from what I know and have heard, but if you want the stamp in your passport or just want to experience the environment, then by all means go. There are other cool things to do in Gisenyi, including just walking around and visiting the market. Though I prefer Kibuye to Gisenyi (but it is harder to get to from Ruhengeri). Good luck, have a great time.

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