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Best time to visit Rwanda

The best time to visit Rwanda is during the dry season, which runs from June to September. It’s one of the best times in the year for tracking gorillas, as it is dry underfoot; June is also when Kwita Izina is held, the gorilla naming ceremony.

There are two annual rainy seasons: the long rains between mid-February and early June, and the short rains between mid-September and mid-December. The wettest months are March to May and are ideally avoided. November to March hold the greatest appeal for birders and the wet season is the best time to track chimps in Nyungwe.

 

 

Climate charts for cities and places within Rwanda

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Kigali

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2679 2577 2577 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2577 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1355 1457 1355 1254 1254 1355 1355 1355 1355 1355
Sunshine hours 5 6 5 5 5 7 7 6 6 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 753 1024 1185 1867 1074 231 90 351 904 1094 1406 1014
Rainy Days 17 17 20 23 17 6 5 7 13 19 23 20
Humidity L L L L L L L L L L L L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lake Kivu

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2679 2577 2577 2577 2679 2679 2679 2679 2577 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1457 1457 1457 1355 1254 1355 1457 1457 1457 1457
Sunshine hours 5 5 5 5 5 7 7 6 6 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1175 1074 1225 1516 1285 402 211 562 1134 1466 1496 1185
Rainy Days 17 17 20 22 17 7 5 8 14 20 23 20
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 2984 2882 2781 2679 2577 2679 2679 2882 2882

Nyungwe Forest National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 2068 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2170 2068 2068 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1152 1152 1152 1152 1152 1050 1050 1050 1152 1050 1050 1152
Sunshine hours 5 5 5 4 4 7 7 6 6 5 4 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1677 1757 1998 25510 1697 422 141 392 1024 1576 1877 1727
Rainy Days 20 17 21 23 15 5 4 5 11 19 24 20
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Volcanoes National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1864 1763 1763 1763 1864 1864 1864 1864 1763 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 846 846 846 745 745 846 846 846 846 846
Sunshine hours 5 5 4 4 4 6 6 5 5 5 4 4
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1385 1727 2199 1355 1426 562 361 763 1395 1998 1887 1335
Rainy Days 17 17 21 23 18 9 7 9 14 21 23 19
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A