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The Weather and Climate in Rwanda

Posted by on July 1, 2016

Rwanda – Moderate Temperatures – Holiday like Weather throughout the year

The Weather and Climate in Rwanda – Pleasant – Moderate all year long

The Weather and Climate in Rwanda is simply pleasant.  It does not get hot here due to the elevation of the country.  Visitors to Rwanda love the climate and weather that awaits them, it seems to be just right for most visitors.  There are some lower elevation areas where it warms up such as the Akagera National Park, which is Rwanda’s only Savanna Park, in most other areas like Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest and Lake Kivu the weather is pleasant all-year long.

Rwanda’s Climate:

The Weather and Climate in Rwanda. Rwanda – when it comes to weather and climate is just right for most visitors throughout the year, even during the rainy season .  Rwanda is a small , landlocked country just south of the equator.  The color green can be found most everywhere due to the rainfall that graces the land.  That rainfall is often during the night or the early morning hours and the sun comes out again during the day.  This pleasant year-around climate is due to Rwanda’s elevation.

Here in Rwanda unlike many other African Countries it is neither too hot nor too cold.  The average daily temperature barely exceeds 80 degrees Fahrenheit or 27 degrees Celsius simply Rwanda with its Pleasant Climate and Weather is one of the best countries to visit in Africa.

Rainy Seasons in Rwanda:

Rwanda has two rainy season throughout the year – the first being from February to April and the second from October to end of November – at times into December.  The rainy seasons and plentiful rainfall is due to the elevation of the country, even though it is close to the equator.

Best Time of the year to visit Rwanda:

Rwanda-honeymoon-pageRwanda can be visited most any time of the year but the two dry seasons mean that it might be easier to get around and to track gorillas, hike, nature walks and other outdoor activities.

June to September – December to February are the dry seasons of the year – they are also the months where more people flock to Rwanda to track Mountain Gorillas resulting in shortage of Gorilla Permits – planning well-ahead is the key.

More people are discovering that going on Safari during the Rainy Seasons has a lot of pluses to it.

What should I pack for my trip to Rwanda – taking the Weather into consideration:

It is best to pack things that take into consideration the time of the year and the corresponding weather during that time.  Generally you want some lightweight clothing – a sweater or light jacket for the evenings or early morning hours.

If you are doing any hikes, nature walks, long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, hats, light rain-jacket or poncho just might be right for you. If you are going Gorilla Trekking there will be certain clothes you need to wear for your protection and comfort.

Reality – Throughout Africa – including Rwanda – Weather Patterns are changing:

Weather patterns have been and are changing and the seasons that used to be quite predictable may have some unforeseen surprises for you.  However – still most days the sun will shine…enjoy Rwanda – the Land of a thousand hills – Rwanda with its Pleasant Climate and Weather has become one of the favorite travel destinations in Africa.

Best Time of the Year to visit Rwanda

More Rwanda Weather and Climate Information:

JulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJun Annual
Average Max Temperature °C ( °F)26 (79)27 (81)27 (81)27 (81)26 (79)26 (79)26 (79)26 (79)26 (79)25 (77)25 (77)25 (77) 26 (79)
Average Temperature °C ( °F)20 (68)22 (71)21 (70)21 (70)21 (69)21 (69)21 (69)21 (69)21 (69)20 (68)20 (68)20 (68) 21 (69)
Average Min Temperature °C ( °F)14 (57)16 (61)15 (59)15 (59)15 (59)15 (59)15 (59)15 (59)15 (59)15 (59)15 (59)15 (59) 15 (59)
Average Precipitation mm (in)9 (0)34 (1)86 (3)102 (4)127 (5)100 (4)69 (3)100 (4)106 (4)183 (7)92 (4)20 (1) 1028 (40)
Number of Wet Days (probability of rain on a day)1 (3%)4 (13%)9 (30%)14 (45%)15 (50%)12 (39%)10 (32%)10 (35%)13 (42%)17 (57%)14 (45%)3 (10%) 122 (33%)
Average Daylight Hours & Minutes/ Day12:0012:0312:0612:0912:1212:1312:1312:1012:0712:0412:0112:00 12:00


Going on Safari during the Rainy Season

Best Time to Visit Rwanda

Best Time for Gorilla Trekking

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