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Best Time to Visit Rwanda in 2024 for Gorilla Trekking, Wildlife Safaris, Cultural Tours. Rwanda Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Rwanda

  • Optimal: June to September (dry season, best for gorilla trekking and safaris).
  • For gorilla trekking: July and August have the best conditions.
  • Other favorable months: December to February.

Geography facts

  • Location: East-Central Africa, bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Area: 26,338 km² (landlocked).
  • Landscape: Dominated by mountains in the west and savannah in the east. Known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”.
  • Highest point: Mount Karisimbi at 4,507 meters.

Rwanda, known for its stunning landscapes, is home to Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, and the shores of Lake Kivu. Its diverse terrain offers a variety of activities, from mountain gorilla trekking to wildlife safaris.

Climate

  • General climate: Temperate to subtropical. Two rainy seasons: February to May and September to December. Two dry seasons: June to mid-September and mid-December to February.
  • Temperature: Generally mild throughout the year, averaging 24°C to 27°C (75°F to 81°F) during the day and cooler at night.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Weather: Dry season, pleasant temperatures.
  • Daytime temperatures: 26°C (79°F), Nighttime: 15°C (59°F).
  • Activities: Ideal for cultural tours in Kigali, and visiting Lake Kivu.

February

  • Weather: End of dry season, slight increase in humidity.
  • Daytime temperatures: 26°C (79°F), Nighttime: 15°C (59°F).
  • Activities: Excellent for gorilla trekking before the rains start, Nyungwe Forest hikes.
Rwanda (c) checkhotels.com.br

March

  • Weather: Beginning of the long rainy season.
  • Daytime temperatures: 25°C (77°F), Nighttime: 16°C (61°F).
  • Activities: Best for bird watching in Akagera National Park, indoor cultural experiences.

April

  • Weather: Heavy rainfall, lush landscapes.
  • Daytime temperatures: 24°C (75°F), Nighttime: 16°C (61°F).
  • Activities: Indoor activities, cultural tours, exploring Kigali Genocide Memorial.

May

  • Weather: Continued rains, transitioning to dry season.
  • Daytime temperatures: 24°C (75°F), Nighttime: 16°C (61°F).
  • Activities: Visit tea plantations, scenic drives in the countryside.

June

  • Weather: Start of dry season, perfect weather for outdoor activities.
  • Daytime temperatures: 25°C (77°F), Nighttime: 14°C (57°F).
  • Activities: Prime time for gorilla trekking, safaris in Akagera National Park.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Weather: Peak dry season, ideal conditions.
  • Daytime temperatures: 25°C (77°F), Nighttime: 14°C (57°F).
  • Activities: Best month for all outdoor activities, including gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris, and cultural festivals.

August

  • Weather: Continuation of dry season.
  • Daytime temperatures: 25°C (77°F), Nighttime: 14°C (57°F).
  • Activities: Great for chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest, exploring volcanoes.

September

  • Weather: End of dry season, beginning of short rainy season.
  • Daytime temperatures: 26°C (79°F), Nighttime: 15°C (59°F).
  • Activities: Late-season gorilla trekking, visit to Lake Kivu.
Rwanda (c) i.natgeofe.com

October

  • Weather: Short rainy season starts.
  • Daytime temperatures: 25°C (77°F), Nighttime: 16°C (61°F).
  • Activities: Bird watching, indoor cultural activities, tea plantation tours.

November

  • Weather: Rainy season, frequent showers.
  • Daytime temperatures: 24°C (75°F), Nighttime: 16°C (61°F).
  • Activities: Ideal for cultural tours and visiting museums.

December

  • Weather: Short dry season starts.
  • Daytime temperatures: 25°C (77°F), Nighttime: 15°C (59°F).
  • Activities: Great for gorilla trekking, festive activities, and exploring Kigali.

Rwanda offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. The best time to visit depends on your interests, but June to September is ideal for most outdoor activities, including gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris. The country’s temperate climate makes it a year-round destination with varying activities to enjoy.

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