Rwanda: A Month by Month Guide

January – Rwanda’s shorter dry season is a chance to enjoy safaris and gorilla trekking before the rains set in again.

February – The end of the dry period is a great time to travel, taking advantage of excellent weather and fewer other visitors.

March – The long rains arrive, although travel is still possible, and enjoyable, throughout the country.

April – April is a great time to go chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe - just remember to pack your waterproofs.

May – This is the peak of the wet season, with conditions on the ground becoming a little trickier in the parks and on volcano slopes.

June – Drier conditions on the ground announce the start of the prime gorilla trekking season and safaris in Akagera. Conditions over at Lake Kivu are idyllic over the next few months.

July – The height of the main dry season is also the country’s busiest time, so make sure you book lodging and permits well ahead of your visit.

August – Gorilla trekking is still in full swing in Volcanoes National Park, and safaris in Akagera continue to be superb.

September – It’s mainly dry this month, with a few showers that won’t disrupt your plans too much. September is also when the annual gorilla naming ceremony takes place for all the new-borns.

October – The next couple of months welcome back the rains, bringing new life to the parks with lush vegetation springing up making this a beautiful time to travel.

November – Heavy downpours nourish the landscapes, but they don’t last long, often leaving blue sunny skies in their wake. Photographers love the changing light at this time of year.

December – The ground is drying out once again, making this a great month for gorilla trekking and safaris, as well as outdoor activities around the rest of the county.

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