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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

Golden monkey, Volcanoes National Park

Visiting Rwanda in June - September

The dry season in Rwanda, from June to September, is the peak time to travel. There is always the chance of a shower, however; especially in the rainforest, so waterproofs remain a good idea. Wildlife sightings become more common, so it's a popular time of year and prices rise accordingly.

Events & Festivals

  • Baby gorillas naming ceremony/Kwita Izina (September): The annual naming ceremony for baby gorillas in Rwanda was started in 2005 and is a mixture of recognising the country's conservation efforts, celebrating the birth of the next generation and admiring some seriously cute newborns.

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