What is the best time of the year to go on a safari in Rwanda? Rwanda is a landlocked country in the central Africa known as the heart of Africa, the land is known as “Land of a thousand Hills” with an area of approximately 26,338km2. Rwanda borders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its capital city, Kigali Rwanda is a country full of surprises. It’s become one of Africa’s most sought after wildlife destinations-  here you have an opportunity to sight the endangered mountain gorilla, as well as buffalo, antelope, giraffe, leopards, hyenas and unique bird species. The unspoiled nature is not the only thing Rwanda will amaze you with. The Genocide Memorial, build to honor the victims of the horrific genocide that happened 25 years ago, provides a lot of food for thought. The country has however embarked on a new path of social, political and ecological development ever since and it’s obvious by its infrastructure and the local’s everyday life. However, choosing the best time to visit safari experience in Rwanda is worth adorable to witness the natural nature, the stunning landscape as well as its magnificent wildlife. This guide presents to you the best time of the year to go on a safari on Rwanda?

 Dry long Season (June to September)

The best time to go on a safari in Rwanda is during the dry season, which typically runs from June to September. During this time, the weather is typically characterized by mild and the skies are clear, minimal rainfall, and comfortable temperatures, creating ideal conditions for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing. With the vegetation sparse and animals congregating around water sources, sightings of prized giant species such as mountain gorillas, lions, and elephants are more common, making for exceptional safari experiences. The dry season also coincides with the peak travel season in Rwanda, so you can expect to see a higher concentration of tourists and availability of accommodations and tours, so it’s advisable to book accommodations and activities well in advance.

Short dry peal (December to February)

Another ideal time to visit Rwanda for a safari is during the short dry season, which takes place from December to February. This period offers similar weather conditions as the main dry season, with clear skies and mild temperatures. Wildlife viewing is also excellent during this time, as the animals tend to gather around water sources, making them easier to spot.

Wet season (March to May and the October to November)

The wet season, occurring from March to May and then October to November is characterized by heavy rainfall and high humidity, making it the least popular time for safaris in Rwanda. While the rain rejuvenates the landscapes and creates lush vegetation, it can also make travel and wildlife viewing more challenging. Roads may become muddy and impassable, and wildlife may be more dispersed as they seek shelter from the rain. However, for birdwatchers and photography enthusiasts, the wet season can offer opportunities to witness migratory birds and capture unique scenes against the backdrop of dramatic skies.

Amazing activities to do in while in a safari in Rwanda  

Visit Volcanoes National Park

One of the most popular safari destinations in Rwanda, Volcanoes national park is a must-visit for those looking to see the famous mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is the opportunity to explore the hidden gems of the Virunga Mountains in hunt for mountain gorillas in their natural environment. While trekking this fascinating primates , you will also encounter with other captivating primates like the playful golden monkeys , l’Hoest monkeys , vervet monkeys and others mammal as well as bird species  Archer’s robin-chat, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Bateleur, Doherty’s bush-shrike, red-faced woodland warbler, Baglafecht weaver, blue-spotted wood dove, brown-necked parrot, handsome francolin, dusky turtle dove, scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, Rwenzori apalis and Rwenzori turaco

Visiting Gishwati -Mukura national park

 Gishwati-Mukura national park is situated along the ridge that divides the Nile water and Congo catchment areas along Lake Kivu. Unlike other parks, the National Park was gazetted in 2015 to protect the montane rainforests wildlife and its vegetation that was degraded during the Rwanda genocide. Gishwati-Mukura national park is home to various primates including 20 chimpanzees, blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, and over 60 tree species. Gishwati is also home to different bird species, some of which are endemic to the Albertine region. A visit to Gishwati-Mukura national park not only gives you an insight into the preserved nature of the park, but you also get to visit the local communities and learn more about their culture and their community-based activities like beekeeping, handcraft and an encounter with the traditional healers.

What is the best time of the year to go on a safari in Rwanda?
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Exploring Nyungwe forest national park

 Nyungwe forest national park is home to different wildlife species but is best known for having the highest number of primate species in Rwanda including chimpanzees, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest monkeys, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus monkeys and vervet monkeys among others. Chimpanzees are the main attraction in Nyungwe Forest with two chimpanzee families including Cyamudongo and Uwinka. Other activities that are carried out in Nyungwe include the canopy walk which is the longest canopy walk in East Africa, primate walks around the Park, forest nature walks, bird watching, and cycling along the Congo Nile trail among others.

Explore the shores of Lake Kivu

Lake is located along the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda and is one of the places you can visit before or after a gorilla trek in Rwanda.  This beautiful lake is surrounded by picturesque villages and offers plenty of opportunities for water activities such as kayaking, swimming, and boat cruises.

Cultural encounters.

Rwanda offers opportunities for cultural encounter and exploration. Visitors on Rwanda cultural tours can engage with local communities and learn about Rwandan culture, traditions, and history through village visits and cultural performances. Visitors on cultural tours will a chance to participate in different cultural activities such as milking, making traditional baskets, food preparation, music and dancing, farming and many more.  Cultural tour in Rwanda offers a unique opportunity to connect with the country’s past and present and gain a deeper understanding of its people and culture.

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