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Rwanda

January Overview

January falls within the short dry season (December to February) so this is a good time to travel to Rwanda. There is often light cloud cover which helps to keep the temperatures moderate, however you can expect occasional light rain showers.

If you’re planning to trek gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park in the north-west of Rwanda you can expect good conditions as the dry weather means that the jungle will be less muddy and the paths will be less slippery. Please note that the weather can be unpredictable in the Virungas and there could be rain at any time.

February Overview

February falls within the short dry season (December to February) so this is a good time to travel to Rwanda. There is often light cloud cover which helps to keep the temperatures moderate, however you can expect occasional light rain showers.

If you’re planning to trek gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park in the north-west of Rwanda you can expect good conditions as the dry weather means that the jungle will be less muddy and the paths will be less slippery. Please note that the weather can be unpredictable in the Virungas and there could be rain at any time.

March Overview

March is the beginning of the long rainy season which lasts until mid-May.

You can still track gorillas at this time of year, however you’ll need to be prepared for the wet weather – you’ll need good quality waterproof clothing and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the jungle. The advantage of gorilla tracking at this time of year is that there are often discounts on the permits.

This is an excellent time for tracking chimpanzees as fruit ripens and this brings the chimps down to the lower reaches of the forest canopy.

April Overview

April falls within the long rainy season (March to May).

You can still track gorillas at this time of year, however you’ll need to be prepared for the wet weather – you’ll need good quality waterproof clothing and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the jungle. The advantage of gorilla tracking at this time of year is that there are often discounts on the permits.

This is an excellent time for tracking chimpanzees as fruit ripens and this brings the chimps down to the lower reaches of the forest canopy.

May Overview

May falls within the long rainy season (March to May).

You can still track gorillas at this time of year, however you’ll need to be prepared for the wet weather – you’ll need good quality waterproof clothing and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the jungle. The advantage of gorilla tracking at this time of year is that there are often discounts on the permits.

This is an excellent time for tracking chimpanzees as fruit ripens and this brings the chimps down to the lower reaches of the forest canopy.

June Overview

June is the start of the long dry season which lasts until September. This is the most popular time to travel to Rwanda - June to September are the generally best months for spotting the country's undoubted highlight, the mountain gorilla.

Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the Virungas.

If you’re intending to track gorillas during the long dry season make sure that you plan your holiday well in advance to secure permits.

July Overview

July falls with the long dry season (June to September) and it’s the most popular time to travel to Rwanda - June to September are the generally best months for spotting the country's undoubted highlight, the mountain gorilla.

Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the Virungas.

If you’re intending to track gorillas during the long dry season make sure that you plan your holiday well in advance to secure permits.

August Overview

August falls with the long dry season (June to September) and it’s the most popular time to travel to Rwanda - June to September are the generally best months for spotting the country's undoubted highlight, the mountain gorilla.

Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the Virungas.

If you’re intending to track gorillas during the long dry season make sure that you plan your holiday well in advance to secure permits.

September Overview

September falls with the long dry season (June to September) and it’s the most popular time to travel to Rwanda - June to September are the generally best months for spotting the country's undoubted highlight, the mountain gorilla.

Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the Virungas.

If you’re intending to track gorillas during the long dry season make sure that you plan your holiday well in advance to secure permits.

Kwita Izina takes place in September. This is a naming ceremony for newly born baby gorillas in the Volcanoes Biosphere Reserve. The gorilla naming ceremony, is closely modelled on a tradition that has been part of Rwandan culture for centuries, as a reminder of our close relation to these great apes. It was adopted in 2005 to create awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorilla. The ceremony now draws large crowds, bringing people from all over the world together, including local communities, tourists, rangers, conservation specialists and tourism professionals.

October Overview

October is the start of the short rainy season (October to November). You can expect short heavy downpours, but there tends to be blue skies between the showers.  We recommend that you wear waterproof clothing whilst gorilla tracking and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the jungle.

Volcanoes National Park and the Rwandan countryside are green and lush at this time of year.

November Overview

November falls within the short rainy season (October to November). You can expect short heavy downpours, but there tends to be blue skies between the showers.  We recommend that you wear waterproof clothing whilst gorilla tracking and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the jungle.

Volcanoes National Park and the Rwandan countryside are green and lush at this time of year.

December Overview

December falls within the short dry season (December to February) so this is a good time to travel to Rwanda. There is often light cloud cover which helps to keep the temperatures moderate, however you can expect occasional light rain showers.

If you’re planning to trek gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park in the north-west of Rwanda you can expect good conditions as the dry weather means that the jungle will be less muddy and the paths will be less slippery. Please note that the weather can be unpredictable in the Virungas and there could be rain at any time.

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