Rwanda is one of the popular safari destinations in Africa especially for mountain gorilla trekking safaris. Rwanda gorilla trekking tours/Rwanda gorilla safaris are done in Volcanoes National Park, all year round. What is the best time to see gorillas in Rwanda? Although Rwanda gorillas can be visited at any time of the year, some months of the year offer more easy trekking experience compared to others. The best months to visit Rwanda for safaris in general are June to September and December to February. These months of the year are dry and offer ideal conditions for tracking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees with little to no mud, especially on steep paths. If you are still wondering ‘‘What is the best time to see gorillas in Rwanda? the best time is June to September and December to February.
When planning a safari in Rwanda, it is important to consider the different seasons. However, the country’s temperate climate, compact size, proximity to the equator, and high altitude make it suitable for travel all year round.
Although the best time to go on a safari in Rwanda is usually during the dry months of June to September, permit availability can be a deciding factor for many travelers. However, even during the rainy season which lasts from March to May, and has a shorter period of rain in November, don’t let the weather discourage you. The lush and verdant forests and full lakes during the dry months will be mostly empty, providing you with a unique experience. Gorilla permits tend to be easier to get during the rainy season, which can be a good opportunity to trek gorillas. The rainy seasons is the best for photographers as the atmosphere is more conducive for taking focused shots with less light contrast and scenic backgrounds.
January to February is part of the first dry period in Rwanda, a great time for gorilla trekking. During these months, the climate is very similar all through the country, allowing different safari activities to take place. During the two dry seasons in Rwanda, there are often light clouds across the country which offers refreshingly, light rainfall as well as moderate temperature. You can expect fairly dry terrain, although in the Virunga the weather can be a little unpredictable, and rain can come at any time. This is a perfect time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking safaris.
Between March to May, it is always characterized by heavy rains. This is also the long rain season in Rwanda, and it can be unrelenting with downpours. If you are planning a gorilla trekking safari during this period of the year, it is important to note that the terrain is usually slippery and challenging to trek, although the experience is remarkably rewarding. Although Gorilla tracking is less suited during this period, photographers may just have the opportunity to take the best shots with scenic backgrounds of the lush greenery. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe can also be best done during this time of the year. The figs and fruits within the forest ripen and chimpanzees tend to be seen lower down in the trees eating, are more stationary and also seen in larger groups. These months are ideal for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest.
Between June and September is a long dry season in Rwanda and perhaps the best time for to go see Rwanda gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and for visiting the Rwanda wildlife safari parks. If you have complete flexibility with your dates we would recommend travelling during this time. During these month of the year, wildlife sightings are guaranteed and easier even for those looking for primates like golden monkeys and mountain gorillas as well as habitat tolerant species such as buffalo and elephant. Although these are dry month in Rwanda, you should keep in mind that gorillas live in the rainforest, and dowpours can happen at any time. We still recommend taking waterproof clothing even during these drier months.
Although these month are best for gorilla trekking and all other top experiences in Rwanda, these months are also the peak or high season for safaris in Rwanda and many tourists arrive in the country. If you are planning a gorilla trekking tour or any safari within these months we recommend early booking of gorilla trekking permits and accommodation since they tend to be fully booked. Plan your Ultimate Rwanda gorilla trekking safari with Acacia Safaris limited and experience unbeatable adventure experiences.