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Best Time to Visit Rwanda

If you're researching when to go to Rwanda then the chances are that it's for a gorilla trekking adventure. Although it's regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the short dry season from mid-December to early February or over the long dry season months of June to September. These periods offer by far the easiest hiking conditions and the lowest malaria risk.

The best time to go to Rwanda for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe however is during the two rainy seasons - mid-February to early June and mid-September to mid-December - as the apes are easier to locate. Food is harder to find in the dry seasons and the chimp families often range far into the forest interior.

Planning on combining a visit to Rwanda with other East Africa destinations? Read our advice on the:


For more information on when to go on a Rwanda safari, use our detailed climate guide below or simply enquire with one of our Africa Safari Experts.



At a Glance

Small it may be but Rwanda delivers Africa's easiest and most accessible mountain gorilla trekking. Combine it with a safari in East Africa for the ultimate wildlife holiday.