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When is the best time to visit Rwanda?

Rwanda’s climate consists of four seasons: ‘long rainy season’ (March–May), ‘long dry season’ (June–September), ‘short rainy season’ (October-November), and ‘short dry season’ (December-February). Temperatures don’t vary much throughout the seasons, with warm days and cool nights, particularly at altitude.  If your main reason for visiting Rwanda is to track mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park in the north-west of the country, the best time to travel is during the dry period from June to September, although you can track gorillas throughout the year. The rainy seasons from March to May and June to September are the optimum times for tracking chimpanzees.

When is the best time to go Gorilla Tracking: You can track mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park in the northwest of the country at any time of year, although the best time is during the dry seasons from June to September and December to February. April is very wet and is therefore the worst month to track gorillas as the paths in the forest will be very muddy and slippery and the gorillas may try to avoid the rain, taking shelter and hiding under the canopy.

When is the best time to go Chimpanzee Tracking: You can track chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest at any time of the year, although in contrast to gorilla tracking the best times are during the rainy seasons from March to May and October to November. At these times the apes are easier to locate - fruit ripens which brings the chimps down to the lower reaches of the forest canopy. During the dry seasons food is harder to find and the chimps often venture deep into the forest interior. There are no guarantees that you’ll see chimpanzees, however sightings are very common and guides are extremely skilful in tracking them.

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