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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 81°F 3" 81°F 4" 81°F 4" 79°F 6" 79°F 4" 79°F 1" 81°F 0" 82°F 1" 82°F 3" 81°F 4" 79°F 5" 79°F 3"
Lake Kivu 79°F 4" 79°F 3" 79°F 4" 79°F 5" 79°F 4" 79°F 2" 79°F 1" 79°F 3" 79°F 5" 79°F 6" 79°F 5" 79°F 5"
Nyungwe Forest 68°F 7" 68°F 7" 68°F 8" 66°F 10" 66°F 7" 66°F 2" 68°F 1" 70°F 2" 70°F 4" 68°F 6" 68°F 7" 68°F 7"
Volcanoes National Park 64°F 5" 64°F 7" 64°F 9" 63°F 9" 63°F 6" 63°F 2" 64°F 1" 64°F 3" 64°F 5" 64°F 8" 63°F 7" 64°F 5"

Month-by-month guide to traveling 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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