Rwanda Weather & Climate

Best Time to go to Rwanda | Rwanda Weather & Climate – Best Time to Tour Rwanda

Weather and climate in Rwanda – what weather and climate to expect on Rwanda safaris

Rwanda climate, Average Weather in Rwanda & temperature, precipitation, best time to Visit Rwanda

Questions on what is the best time for my tour to Rwanda are quite more often by those who are planning to visit the country.

Overview – Rwanda Weather & Climate | Best Time to go to Rwanda

Dry season in Kigali city Rwanda features an impressive tropical highland climate. It can also be noted that weather also has an effect on the best visiting time for Rwanda. Rwanda lying in the south of the Equator enjoys high altitude and features considerable rainfall amounts.

The temperatures differ largely between the locations motivated by altitude though little from month to month in one place. In Rwanda’s capital Kigali, the mean temperature for the day is around 21°C. Rwanda features extended rain seasons from March to May and in these months, the rain is heavy and considerable persistent. From the months of June to Mid-September, there is a considerable dry season which makes it an ideal time for undertaking a safari in Rwanda.

From the Months of October to November, Rwanda is marked by shorter rainy season which is later followed by a dry season from December to February. In Rwanda, it can be noted that there is usually light cloud cover in both rain and dry season which helps in moderating temperatures and also brings along light rain showers occasionally

What is the best time tour to Rwanda?

Questions on what is the best time for my tour to Rwanda are quite more often by those who are planning to visit the country. The seasonality will always vary a little each single year because of several reasons but factors like when do you want to travel, when is your holiday will happen and many more personal factors. Best time is not only for the weather but for the traveler too, your best time could not be the best season or another tourists’ best time.

Weather and climate in Rwanda

Weather and climate in Rwanda

Though being close to the equator line, Rwanda’s climate varies from the neighboring countries. The climate is cooled by the high altitudes in the country from the famous slogan the land of a thousand hills. Sitting within the heart of Africa, south of the equator its position offers a remarkably pleasant tropical climate with warm days and cool nights all year round. For incase weather is a key determinant on when you will have to travel, here is a guide for you to plan.

Precipitation in Rwanda ranges between 1,000 to 1,400 millimeters (40 to 55 inches) annually depending on the altitude. June to August form the dry seasons with July being the driest month (probably the best time for safari activities) March to May (stronger rainy season with 150mm per month) and September to November are rainy months with December to February having decreased rainfall amounts.

Temperatures vary depending on the altitude of the areas. In Rwanda’s capital Kigali, the average daily temperature is 230 C.

Throughout the seasons the weather can change with light showers in a dry season and warm temperatures during the rainy season. The light cloud cover helps regulate temperatures.

Now you know when to go so you can plan accordingly.

Weather in other African countries

For comparison, see similar climate charts and information for our other African Safari destinations:

  • Botswana Climate – Complete different weather pattern from Rwanda.
  • Egypt Climate –
  • Kenya Climate – Somehow similar but cooler and with bigger differences between the monthly rainfalls than Rwanda
  • Tanzania Climate – Different from Rwanda’s climate, with a shorter rainy season.
  • Uganda Climate –
  • Ethiopia Climate –
  • Zimbabwe Climate – Completely different weather pattern to Rwanda.
  • Zambia Climate – Completely different weather pattern from Rwanda, with a much shorter rainy season
  • Madagascar Climate –
  • SouthAfrica Climate – Completely different weather pattern to Rwanda’s
  • Nambia Climate – Completely different weather pattern from Rwanda.
  • Congo Climate – Somehow similar weather pattern but hotter and much wetter than Rwanda

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