Although it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking tours 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.
Most travelers prefer this season and gorilla permits tend to sell out due to high demand. You are therefore advised to book and reserve gorilla tickets as early as 6 months earlier to avoid disappointments. Similarly, endeavor to reserve a hotel/lodge room earlier enough.
The gorillas are present all year round, with a great record of sightings; the rain only serves to keep tourists away. The best time for gorilla trekking safari is, therefore, totally up to you. Often it is more to do with permit availability, as they sell out over a year in advance in peak months.
The dry seasons – more comfortable for trekking – are mid-December to early February, and June to September. Don’t be completely put off by the rains of November and March-May, as you will have the forests and mountains to yourself, the guides and the gorillas.
Mid-May to mid – October is the long dry season and has perfect conditions for tracking gorillas. There are four seasons to consider when planning your Rwanda safari, however the weather is fairly temperate and favours travel year round, thanks to its compact size, proximity to the equator and high altitude, which gives it a fresh highland feel and consistent temperature. The average daytime temperature is around 30°C or 86°F. The capital of Kigali enjoys an average temperature of 21°C or 70°F.
Between the months of November, March, April, and May. The period is normally rainy and muddy. Trekking gorillas in the wet season is undeniably strenuous but the experience is more fun and adventurous for the brave. Interestingly, rain normally pours at night and sunsets in immediately after the rains.
Rains have never disrupted gorilla trekking. The advantage here is fewer crowds in the jungle, discounted hotel/lodge services, Discounts on transport, Availability of gorilla permits, Last-minute bookings and Pocket-friendly services.