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Rwanda is a small, mountainous and jungle-covered country in central Africa, one of the only places you can see mountain gorillas in the wild. While it is known for the brutal civil war and attempted genocide in 1994, Rwanda is now considered one of Africa’s safest and most progressive countries.
Most people will arrive in the capital city of Kigali, where you can shop the Kimironko market; visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial; and take a walking tour of the multicultural Nyamirambo district.
Outside the city, you will find mountains, volcanic peaks, rainforests, and rolling hills dotted with tea plantations. The gorillas are the country’s main attraction, and the close up experience lives up to its amazing reputation. Once in the Volcanoes National Park, you will trek into the jungle in a small group with a guide. The experienced guides can take you up close to the gorillas, so you can observe them in their family groups without interfering with them. The gorillas have sometimes been known to approach people and interact with them.

 

 

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Accommodation in Rwanda

Rwanda is still very much off the beaten track and it's important to recognise this when planning a trip here. The range of accommodation is limited, and in some instances the only option is a simple guesthouse. In places, such as Volcanoes National Park, however, there are several places to choose from, ranging from basic camps to more luxurious lodges. Standards of service and food vary but enthusiasm is much more universal, one of the undoubted charms of the country.

Best time to visit Rwanda

Travel Guide

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The weather from December to February is drier across Rwanda, making this is a popular time to visit. However, it also means that prices are higher, so it's important to book well in advance. The warm, sunny conditions make it a pleasure to track gorillas and enjoy outdoor activities across the country.

The weather from December to February is drier across Rwanda, making this is a popular time to visit. However, it also means that prices are higher, so it's important to book well in advance. The warm, sunny conditions make it a pleasure to track gorillas and enjoy outdoor activities across the country.

The rains arrive in March and continue until mid-May, but this is the prime time to spot chimpanzees as fruit ripens and brings the chimps down to the lower reaches of the forest canopy. For those with good quality rain gear, gorilla tracking can still be undertaken, and there are often discounts on the permits.

The rains continue throughout April, but chimpanzees sightings are still at their best and it's a good time to track gorillas. You may be able to take advantage of some good deals and discounts at this time of year. 

The rains begin to ease mid month and the parks are lush and verdant, with newborn animals making their first forays through the parks.

The dry season in Rwanda, from June to September, is the peak time to travel. There is always the chance of a shower, however; especially in the rainforest, so waterproofs remain a good idea. Wildlife sightings become more common, so it's a popular time of year and prices rise accordingly.

The dry season in Rwanda, from June to September, is the peak time to travel. There is always the chance of a shower, however; especially in the rainforest, so waterproofs remain a good idea. Wildlife sightings become more common, so it's a popular time of year and prices rise accordingly.

The dry season in Rwanda, from June to September, is the peak time to travel. There is always the chance of a shower, however; especially in the rainforest, so waterproofs remain a good idea. Wildlife sightings become more common, so it's a popular time of year and prices rise accordingly.

The dry season in Rwanda, from June to September, is the peak time to travel. There is always the chance of a shower, however; especially in the rainforest, so waterproofs remain a good idea. Wildlife sightings become more common, so it's a popular time of year and prices rise accordingly.

Events & Festivals
Baby gorillas naming ceremony/Kwita Izina (September): The annual naming ceremony for baby gorillas in Rwanda was started in 2005 and is a mixture of recognising the country's conservation efforts, celebrating the birth of the next generation and admiring some seriously cute newborns.

October and November tend to bring quick bursts of rain that clear to reveal blue skies. It's an excellent time for photographers and the ideal period to admire Rwanda's beautiful mountain scenery.

October and November tend to bring quick bursts of rain that clear to reveal blue skies. It's an excellent time for photographers and the ideal period to admire Rwanda's beautiful mountain scenery.

The weather from December to February is drier across Rwanda, making this is a popular time to visit. However, it also means that prices are higher, so it's important to book well in advance. The warm, sunny conditions make it a pleasure to track gorillas and enjoy outdoor activities across the country.

Climate Chart

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Kigali
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148mm
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155mm
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96mm
Lake Kivu
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128mm
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114mm
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85mm
Nyungwe Forest
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Volcanoes National Park
21°C
116mm
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107mm
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112mm
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234mm
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300mm
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303mm
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193mm