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The best time to travel in Rwanda

Choose the dry seasons to set off and discover Rwanda, and only June, July and August to take advantage of the beaches at Lake Kivu.

At a glance

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Rwanda has two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. A first rainy season stretches from February to May and is followed by a dry season from June to August. Then, the rain starts again from September to December, whilst January is dry. The best period to visit Rwanda is therefore between June and August, as well as January.

Beach travel

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Some beaches in Rwanda are worth the detour: those around Lake Kivu. You'll be able to relax there, but also participate in different nautical activities, as well as go fishing, notably at Gisenyi and Kibuye. It's the only part of the country where the climate is particular, i.e. there's only one dry season, between June and August. So, choose to go there then.

Travel in the National Parks

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Don't miss out on the legendary National Parks of Rwanda, such as the one in Akagera, which is a refuge for numerous animals: elephants, leopards, zebras, hippopotamuses... As for Nyungwe National Park, it has one of the largest forest reserves at altitude in Africa. You can go trekking there and see birds and monkeys. Preferably go there during the dry seasons.

Trip meeting gorillas

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Volcanoes National Park is one of the main attractions in the country and it's home to one of the last populations of mountain gorillas in the wild. Indeed, its main function is to protect some 380 gorillas which live in the park. Get a permit in advance and set off to meet this unusual species. Choose the dry seasons.

Sporting trip

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It's really nice to go cycliing in Rwanda. Not only can you see magnificent landscapes, but you can also move about on some roads which are completely inaccessible by car. You'll also be take up golf or fishing in Akagera National Park. And why not take a helicopter trip to admire the Rwandan scenery?

Trip discovering the flora

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Visit during the dry season to discover the incredible Rwandan flora. You'll admire the numerous eucalyptus trees, acacias and palm trees in the western mountains. In the South, you'll explore the primary forest of Nyungwe, home to species of thousand-year-old trees! You'll also see large amounts of orchids there.
Tiphaine Leblanc
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Updated 26 October 2018