What is the best time to visit Rwanda gorillas and more? Our destination experts share an overview on a typical Rwanda safari and when to go.
Despite its proximity to the Equator, the high altitude cools the climate in Rwanda. It is warm throughout most of the country but cooler in the mountains. Rwanda has a pleasant, tropical-highland climate, with a daily temperatures that can range 25°C. Temperatures vary considerably from region to region because of the variations in altitude, ranging between 22-27°C during the day and 16-21°C at night. You can expect frost in the high mountains. There are four seasons distinguishing the rainy and the dry seasons: the long rains from mid-March to mid-May, the short rains from mid-October to December, the long dry period from mid-May to mid-October and the short dry season from mid-December to mid-March.
The climate in Rwanda is characterized by the following seasons:
Long rains: March – May
Long drying time: May – October
Short rains: October – December
Short drying time: December – March
During the rainy season heavy rainfall occurs almost daily, but after this short shower, the rest of the day usually remains sunny. However, it can rain a lot when you are in Volcanoes National Park. This area accounts for almost 90% of the rainfall in Rwanda (which is one reason why farmers have left this area for the gorillas to inhabit).
Tips on the best time to visit Rwanda
From lush forests and volcanic mountains to gushing river, tranquil lakes and warm people, Rwanda trips are a joy! As an individual travel providers, we are happy to advise you on the best time to visit Rwanda. Contact us for your complimentary and obligation-free itinerary.