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Best Time To Visit Rwanda

The Best Time To Visit Rwanda is from June to October. As this is the long dry season sees minimal rain. Thus the conditions are perfect for mountain hiking and gorilla trekking.

Despite such close proximity to the equator, the higher altitude allows Rwanda to have a cooler climate. Rwanda’s temperature also doesn’t change much with the weather either.

Rwanda experiences a very pleasant, tropical-highland climate. The average daily temperatures of Rwanda can range between 70-80°F during the day and 60-70°F at night. In addition to that, you can see frost in the high mountains as well. Kigali and central Rwanda's temperature remains constant throughout the year. The mountains stay a little cooler than the country. Therefore expect to see frost in the high mountains.

Best Time To Visit Rwanda By Season

Rwanda experiences two very distinct wet and dry seasons yearly.

The Two Rainy Seasons:

●    March to May; long rains

●    October to November; shorter rains

The Two Dry Seasons:

●    June to mid-September; Long dry season

●    December to February; shorter dry season

The rainy season invites heavy rainfall almost daily. But once the rain stops, the rest of the day usually remains sunny. However, the Volcanoes National Park is an exception to this. As the park accounts for almost 90% of the rainfall in Rwanda.

Ideally, you can track gorillas all year round in Rwanda Safaris. But, you must be mindful of the rainier months. Because heavy rain can cause road blockage or unwalkable trails. Thus the slippery path will make tracking more difficult with muddy conditions.

Best Time To Go On Rwanda Safari If You Want To See...

  • Chimpanzees, Nyungwe Forest:  outside of the rainy season.
  • Gorilla Doctors: any time of the year but we advise you to book in advance through us.
  • Golden Monkeys, Volcanoes National Park: avoid the rainy season months of April, May, and November.
  • Mountain Gorillas: You can track the mountain gorillas year-round but it is better to avoid the rainy season of April, May, and November.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Rwanda is the safest country in Africa. Even though the country has seen its fair share of violence and bloodshed but now the country is back on its feet again. Crime is relatively low, and locals are welcoming, friendly and hospitable. However, to avoid pickpockets and petty crime, you must be cautious and vigilant all the time.

You can track mountain gorillas throughout the year in Uganda and Rwanda. However, June to October is the best time for gorilla trekking. This is the dry season of Rwanda which allows perfect conditions for trekking.

A gorilla permit is a card/ document issued by the Rwanda development board to allow you to spend an hour with the mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park. Currently, the cost of a gorilla permit can come up to 1500$ to 1700$ including permit, private transport, English-speaking guide, accommodation, and meals.

We always advise our clients to book a permit at least 3 months in advance. Due to high demand especially in the peak season, the permits tend to sell out quickly. Contact Gazelle Safaris Africa for more information.

Rwanda is considered one of the safest countries in the world. All tourists are escorted by armed rangers while tracking the gorillas.

For gorilla trekking, you’ve to hike through difficult terrain, water bodies, thick vegetation, hills, and valleys. The activity can possess some initial challenges but in the end, it’ll be rewarding.

Rwanda is a much smaller country in comparison to Uganda. Uganda has more Gorilla Families and habituated gorillas group. Also, the permits are more easily available.

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