Best time to visit Rwanda
The dry seasons, more comfortable for trekking and safaris, are mid-December to early February and June to September.
The best time to visit Rwanda is usually in the dry seasons in June-September and December-early February. That said, most visitors travel to Rwanda to see gorillas, and so the best time is often whenever you can get a highly in-demand permit. Don’t be put off by the rainy season in Rwanda, either. The shorter rains in November and longer rains from March to May will give you the forests, lakes and mountains all to yourself, plus gorilla permits are occasionally cheaper. Photographers may even prefer the rainy season, with less light contrast in the forests allowing you to focus on your subject matter.
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Paul Calcutt at our supplier of gorilla trekking vacations in Rwanda, Natural World Safaris:
“A lot of people think it is going to be searingly hot, because of the misconception that all Africa is hot. But in fact it is quite temperate during the day, early to mid-20°Cs, and at night time we will light a fire and stick a hot water bottle in the room for you. So, jumpers and things to keep warm in the evening are good.”
Marta Marinelli from our Rwanda supplier, Exodus Travels:
“The dry season goes from June to mid-September so this is generally the best time to visit as rain may make some of the activities such as the gorillas and chimps treks much harder due to the mud. There is also a short dry season from December to February. It is quite special to spend New Year’s Eve in front of a group of 12 gorillas so those looking to spend a different Christmas and NYE have this choice.”
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