Best Time to Visit Rwanda

Best time to Visit Rwanda; The best time to visit Rwanda is during the drier season from June to September when you have the best chance at adventuring the country’s undoubted highlight; the mountain gorilla.


The rainy season starts from March to May and November is, the best time for birdwatching because the food can be in plenty thus attracting various beautiful birds.

Temperatures in Rwanda; During the day can be warm and nights can be cool, especially at altitude.

Visiting Rwanda from January to February

Visiting Rwanda in January and February, there can be high and medium altitude regions consisting of Kigali, Lake Kivu, and Volcanoes National Park as well as Nyungwe National parks. During the day it can be hot and cool in the evenings. Akagera National Park is hot during the day but warm in the evenings.

During the time of January and February, it offers a great opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery of this beautiful country. The warm climate and sunshine in these months make it quite a remarkable experience. But those planning to visit Rwanda during this dry season, keep in mind that prices are generally higher and you need to plan for it in advance.

Visiting Rwanda in March

This can be the rainy season and rain continue to fall till Midi –May. But the best time for birding and chimpanze trekking is because it can be time for fruit ripens and brings the chimps down to the lower access of the forest canopy. Although the rainy season makes hiking trails slippery, gorilla tracking can still be undertaken, you only need good quality rain gear. Note; There are often discounts on the permits.

June to September

This happens to be a dry season and is renowned for being the best time to go to Rwanda, very comfortable climate for gorilla trekking.  The month of June is the highlight of the annual Kwita Izina Ceremony. In September, the Rwanda Film Festival is also a highlight activity, showcasing local filmmakers and a selection of international favorites.


October and December

Travelers planning to visit Rwanda between October and December, this is a short rainy season. During this period, the day can be clear to reveal blue skies. Sometimes the year it pushes costs lower for gorilla trekking permits, hotels, and Rwanda lodges.

Gorilla trekking; In Rwanda gorilla trekking takes place in Volcanoes National Park, Volcanoes National Park measures around 160 square kilometers in the north of the country. It is home to endangered mountain gorillas and hosts about 10 habituated gorilla families such as; the Agashya group, Titus family, Umubano group, Susa A group, Susa B – Karisimbi group, Amuhoro, Sabyinyo Gorilla family, Hirwa gorilla group, Kwitonda group, Bwenge and one to be able to access a gorilla permits must purchase a valid gorilla permit at cost USD1,500 per person per trek.

What to pack on a gorilla trekking safari?

Wear long-sleeved trousers and long-sleeved shirts

Hat and sunglasses

Wear comfortable boots

A rain Jacket

Pair of binocular

Energy giving snacks

Cameras with extra batteries

Enough mineral water bottle

The best time to do gorilla trekking in Rwanda starts from June to September and December to February.

The park can be accessed within 2 hour drive from Kigali to the main visited destination.

Apart from doing Gorilla trekking, you can participate in the Mount Bisoke Volcano hike, Golden monkey, Visit Dian Fossey, Visiting the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera.