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Mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

When is the best time to visit Rwanda?

Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, but the drier period from June to September is best for spotting the country's undoubted highlight, the mountain gorilla.

The rainy seasons from March to May and June to September are the optimum times for tracking chimpanzees.

Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator, with warm days and nights that can be cool, especially at altitude.

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Regardless of the time of year, trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees is an out-of-this-world experience and can be done all year round. Our summer (between June and August) is a great time to travel as the roads are in better condition.

James, Africa Safari Specialist

Rwanda Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Kigali 27°C 81mm 27°C 90mm 27°C 104mm 26°C 162mm 26°C 106mm 26°C 22mm 27°C 8mm 28°C 28mm 28°C 70mm 27°C 102mm 26°C 117mm 26°C 85mm
Lake Kivu 26°C 96mm 26°C 84mm 26°C 113mm 26°C 123mm 26°C 110mm 26°C 53mm 26°C 28mm 26°C 70mm 26°C 117mm 26°C 141mm 26°C 136mm 26°C 118mm
Nyungwe Forest 20°C 167mm 20°C 175mm 20°C 199mm 19°C 255mm 19°C 169mm 19°C 42mm 20°C 14mm 21°C 39mm 21°C 102mm 20°C 157mm 20°C 187mm 20°C 172mm
Volcanoes National Park 18°C 138mm 18°C 172mm 18°C 219mm 17°C 235mm 17°C 142mm 17°C 56mm 18°C 36mm 18°C 76mm 18°C 139mm 18°C 199mm 17°C 188mm 18°C 133mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Rwanda

Male silverback gorilla, Volcanoes National Park

Visiting Rwanda in December - February

The weather from December to February is drier across Rwanda, making this is a popular time to visit. However, it also means that prices are higher, so it's important to book well in advance. The warm, sunny conditions make it a pleasure to track gorillas and enjoy outdoor activities across the country.

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