When to go

Thanks to the compact size, to the average altitude over 1,000 mt and to the proximity to the equator, Rwanda has a tropical climate relatively constant and temperate all year round. Temperatures and rainfalls depend on altitude, that drops from West to East, with the climate changing from humid and wet to semi-arid moving East. Although it is considered a year round destination, the best times for a safari in Rwanda are from June to September and from December to February, during the dry season. In particular, during this time of the year the conditions for the mountain gorillas trekking in the rainforests of Virunga Mountains are ideal. Conversely, the best time for the chimpanzees and other primates trekking in Nyungwe forest is the green season, from March to May. This is a general indication, supposing this is your first safari in Rwanda and that your priority is game viewing. Every season has its charm though, colours and nuances that make it unique and offers the opportunity of different encounters and experiences. If you have any special needs or interests or simply want to know more, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to advise you on the best time for your safari experience in Rwanda.

Dry season

June – September and December – February

Best for: gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, game viewing in the national parks, relax and kayaking on Lake Kivu, hiking and climbing on Virunga Mountains.

Green Season

October – November and March – May

Best for: chimpanzee trekking in the Nyungwe Forest National Park, birdwatching and landscape photography.