Best Time to Visit Rwanda

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Rwanda. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Kigali und Volcanoes National Park. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Rwanda for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 10 °C to 27 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.357.2 in (1 – 22 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 17.8 °C (Volcanoes National Park) and 20.3 °C (Kigali)
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Best Time to Visit Rwanda: Overview

JanuaryJan
Small Dry SeasonDry Season
mostly Pleasant climate in Rwanda
FebruaryFeb
Big Rainy SeasonRainy Season
very wet, rather uncomfortable
MarchMar
Big Rainy Season
very wet, rather uncomfortable
AprilApr
Big Rainy Season
very wet, rather uncomfortable
MayMay
Big Rainy Season
very wet, rather uncomfortable
JuneJun
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Dry Season, PerfectPerf. climate in Rwanda
JulyJul
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Dry Season, PerfectPerf. climate in Rwanda
AugustAug
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Dry Season, PerfectPerf. climate in Rwanda
SeptemberSep
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End of Dry Season, usually Pleasant
OctoberOct
Small Rainy Season
rather wet, frequent showers
NovemberNov
Small Rainy Season
rather wet, frequent showers
DecemberDec
Changing weather
rather dry after mid December and usually Pleasant

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Rwanda) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
KigaliJune, July, and August
Volcanoes National ParkJune, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Rwanda

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Kigali

Climate Chart Kigali
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Volcanoes National Park

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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Rwanda

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Rwanda, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Kigali (Rwanda)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature27°27°26°25°25°25°26°27°27°27°26°26°
Night Temperature15°15°15°15°15°15°14°15°15°15°15°15°
Precipitation (inch)2.723.944.177.23.620.790.351.343.394.0253.94
Rainy days8101316102148141610
Hours of Sunshine555557776655
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Kigali is 20.3 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (21.6 °C)
Coldest month: November (19.4 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 40.47 inch on 112 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): April
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 7.2 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Kigali.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 7.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.8 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature25°25°24°24°23°23°24°24°24°24°24°24°
Night Temperature11°11°11°13°13°12°12°12°11°11°11°10°
Precipitation (inch)5.165.716.736.023.581.260.351.613.866.146.345
Rainy days181920191242613202219
Hours of Sunshine565446655544
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Volcanoes National Park is 17.8 °C.

Warmest month: April (18.5 °C)
Coldest month: December (17 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 51.77 inch on 174 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Volcanoes National Park.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Kigali (Station Nyakabanda)
clear sky     clear sky, 10.8 °C
Clouds: 8 %       Wind: 2 mph WNW
Air Pressure: 1010.4 hPa       Humidity: 89 %
Last updated: 23rd Feb 2019, 02:28 am
The next days …
23rd Feb 201924th Feb 201925th Feb 201926th Feb 201927th Feb 201928th Feb 2019
moderate rain10 °C to 22 °Cmoderate rain12 °C to 21 °Cmoderate rain12 °C to 24 °Clight rain13 °C to 26 °Clight rain11 °C to 26 °Clight rain11 °C to 25 °C
10 °C to 22 °C12 °C to 21 °C12 °C to 24 °C13 °C to 26 °C11 °C to 26 °C11 °C to 25 °C
Clouds: 76 %Clouds: 56 %Clouds: 32 %Clouds: 9 %Clouds: 26 %Clouds: 58 %
0.47 in of rain0.3 in of rain0.14 in of rain0.02 in of rain0.02 in of rain0.11 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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