When to travel to Rwanda & Uganda

When to travel to Rwanda & Uganda

Although Gorilla trekking it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Rwanda for the Mountain Gorillas 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.

Rwanda‘s long rain season lasts from about March to May, when the rain is heavy and persistent.  October to November is a shorter rain 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. This helps to moderate the temperatures, but also occasionally brings light rain showers.

Uganda‘s raised topography means a cooler climate than its equatorial setting suggests. As in Rwanda, If you’re planning a gorilla trek, conditions are easiest during the country’s two dry seasons: December and February and from June to September.

The country is stunningly rich and fertile offering extensive savannah plains and dense rainforests as well as big cats and mountain gorillas. Uganda boasts 342 mammal species and is a great place to visit year-round, but during the wettest months (April, May and October, November) getting around is more challenging.

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