Best time to visit Rwanda


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When is the best time to visit Rwanda?

Rwanda being close to the equator is fairly warm and can be visited all year round. The long dry season, June to September remains the best time of the year for gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park and chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest.

The benefit of traveling in the rainy season (big rains from March to May, small rains from September to December) is that the scenery is greener, skies are clear making it fantastic for photography. This wet season is best to trek to find chimpanzees in the Ngungwe forest as they easily find vegetation, and fruits to eat compared to the dry season when they wonder further off trails to find scarce food.

Again, November to March is good timing for birder watchers as Palearctic migrants fly in to join residents. For primate fanatics, Kwita Izina - the annual Rwanda gorilla naming week that takes place in September every year is another opportunity to visit Rwanda. This event which ends with the naming of all baby Gorillas, is in recognition of the country’s conservation efforts and celebrates the birth of all baby gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. That said, it has become a popular travel season, and travel prices tend to rise high.

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Quick Facts about Rwanda tours:

  • The country is known for its fine weather. It is sunny most of the year, especially in the Central Region. Often one does not need the wearing warm clothing except on some chilly nights in the mountains of Western and Eastern Uganda. Rainfall comes in torrents especially when the expected patterns are delayed for some months 
  • Distinctive wet and dry seasons are typical in most areas of the country.  Rainy seasons from March to May and September to November, the rest of the year is dry.