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Best time to visit Kigali, Rwanda

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The best time to visit Kigali is June-September

While Kigali is a popular destination to visit all year round, June-September is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

During the warmer months, temperatures in Kigali can rise to a maximum of 30℃ (85℉). The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as 12℃ (54℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Kigali when the days are longest, you should visit in December. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Kigali in October – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Learn everything you need to know to help you decide when to go to Kigali below, and don’t forget to use the awesome travel tools we know and love to help you find the best deals and make booking your vacation a breeze!

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

December

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Kigali seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Kigali as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Kigali is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

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

Average temperatures in Kigali

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Kigali for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Kigali climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Kigali for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JUL
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SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Kigali in January

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 71mm (3") over 22 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in February

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 89mm (4") over 23 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in March

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 124mm (5") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in March, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in April

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 178mm (7") over 29 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
29 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in April, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in May

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 146mm (6") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in May, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Kigali in June

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in July

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 58%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 8 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in August

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 15 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in September

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 64%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 97mm (4") over 25 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Kigali in October

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 186mm (7") over 29 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
29 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in October, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in November

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 184mm (7") over 29 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
29 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in November, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kigali in December

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 129mm (5") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kigali in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Kigali is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 26℃ (80℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Kigali is generally around July. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in July first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Kigali is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Kigali, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in December are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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