Rwanda's wet and dry season

There are two dry seasons in Rwanda – June to September, and December to February. These months are considered the optimum time of year for travelling around the country, as well as enjoying wildlife safaris in Akagera and gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. Prices and visitor numbers do of course reflect the popularity of these seasons, so if you intend to visit at this time, do make sure you book your holiday well in advance. Especially if you’d like to see the gorillas.

March through to May is the long wet season, with further rain arriving in October and November. Everyone likes a bit of sun, but don’t dismiss travelling during the rainy seasons without considering the benefits. Lodging prices are often considerably cheaper, and there will be fewer other tourists around – not that Rwanda ever gets crowded like its east African counterparts!

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