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Best time to Visit Rwanda for Gorilla Trekking Safaris

The dry season, which lasts from June to September, is the ideal time to visit Rwanda. As these times of year provide the best climbing conditions and the lowest risk of malaria, they are also the ideal times of year to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Outside of these ideal times of year, you can trek to view mountain gorillas and visit Rwanda, but be aware that the terrain may be more challenging owing to rain and steep, muddy trails. Before beginning your adventure, you should be in reasonably decent physical condition because you’ll be going through Rwanda’s deep, tropical jungles to see mountain gorillas.

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Month by Month  Guide for Travelling to Rwanda

Rwanda is in the tropical region and experiences only two weather seasons, the dry season and the rainy season. The rainy seasons are two, the first one runs from May to June while the other one runs from November to December.  The remaining months are dry though the current variations in weather patterns make it difficult to forecast the seasons. Since gorilla trekking can be done all year round, discover practical information about these seasons so that you can choose the best time to visit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

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Visiting Rwanda from January & February

The high- and medium-altitude regions, which include Kigali, Lake Kivu, Volcanoes National Park, and Nyungwe National Parks, are hot during the day but cool at night in January and February. Low-lying areas, like Akagera National Park, have pleasant evenings despite being heated during the day.

An excellent opportunity to experience Rwanda’s gorgeous scenery is now, when safaris there are very popular. These are the best months for hiking in the forest because of the pleasant weather and sunshine. However, bear in mind that costs will likely be higher and that you must make extensive preparations if you intend to travel to Rwanda during this dry season.

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Travelling to Rwanda from March to May

Starting in March, the wet season lasts until mid-May, with showers being the norm. Despite the rain, the terrain is still suitable for a trip in search of the primates that live in this mythical setting. To brave the humid, dense woodland areas during this time, good rain gear is required.

April experiences similar wet weather to May. It’s essential to be aware that the Virungas will be difficult to hike around at this time of year when choosing where to go in Rwanda.

By mid-May, the rains start to subside. Avoiding the tourist masses in this month can help you increase your chances of getting a last-minute gorilla trekking permit. May is a prime month for birdwatchers.

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