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Best time to visit Rwanda

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The best time to visit Rwanda is June-September

Rwanda is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, June-September is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In summer, the average maximum temperature in Kigali climbs to around 26℃ (80℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 30℃ (85℉) on the hottest days of the year. In the colder months such as May, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 14℃ (57℉). Temperatures often differ in other areas of Rwanda though so you can find out more information about this below.

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Rwanda are usually in December, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Rwanda in October – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Keep reading to read all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Rwanda. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll have found out all there is to know about when to go, and you’ll be ready to start booking your flights! Who knows, we might even have some surprises waiting for you when you get there!

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

December

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Rwanda seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Rwanda is in the Southern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

Season Months
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Best time to visit the top destinations in Rwanda

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
KigaliJune-September
26℃
15℃
26℃
16℃
26℃
15℃
24℃
15℃
23℃
14℃
24℃
14℃
26℃
15℃
26℃
16℃
26℃
17℃
25℃
16℃
24℃
15℃
25℃
15℃
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Top FAQs

Rwanda is in Africa.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Rwanda:

The warmest month of the year in Kigali, one of the most popular places to visit in Rwanda, is August.
The driest month of the year in Kigali, Rwanda, is usually around July each year.

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