Have a wildlife experience with a difference Lesser-visited than its East Coast neighbours, this surely only adds to its appeal. Most holidays to Rwanda are arranged in the hope of catching a glimpse of the incredible mountain gorilla; the dramatic landscape of Volcanoes National Park is home to more than 480 habituated mountain gorillas and is one of the best places in the world for gorilla sightings. this can be combined with a migration safari

Best time to go

When to go to Rwanda then the chances are that it’s for a gorilla trekking adventure. Although it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the short dry season from mid-December to early February or over the long dry season months of June to September.

These periods offer by far the easiest hiking conditions and the lowest malaria risk. The best time to go to Rwanda for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe however is during the two rainy seasons – mid-February to early June and mid-September to mid-December – as the apes are easier to locate. Food is harder to find in the dry seasons and the chimp families often range far into the forest interior.

The best time to go if you have a choice is June to mid-September is the long dry season, October to November is a shorter rainy season and it’s followed by a short dry season from December to February. During both of Rwanda’s dry seasons, there is often light cloud cover.


  • The great canopy walk in Nyungwe forest National Park
  • iby’Iwacu Cultural Village
  • Dip your toes into lake Kivu
  • Have a meal at Hotel Rwanda – Hotel des Mille Collines

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