With much of the country lying at altitude, Rwanda enjoys a tropical highland climate. Temperatures vary considerably between locations, but vary little from month to month. Akagera is generally the warmest & the Virunga mountains the coolest. Average daily temperature in Kigali is 21°C (70°F).

Peak temperatures rarely exceed 30°C (86°F) in the day or drop below 15°C (59°F) at night.

Dry Season
June to mid-September, sees light cloud cover and occasional light rainfall. Roads and paths tend to be easier to navigate in this period.

Wet Season
There are two rainy seasons in a year, from mid-February to May and mid-September to mid-December.

Best known for: Gorilla tracking & primates

Lesser known for: Safaris, birdwatching, responsible tourism and adventure tourism

Dates for the diary

Tour Du Rwanda
February | Annual | Touring Rwanda
This event brings c.150-200 international delegates for a week cycling tour.

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally
May | Annual | Starts Kigali
One of the 7 African Rally Championship events with drivers from around Africa & guests from Europe.

KigaliUP Music Festival
July | Annual | Kigali
One of the finest in Africa. Local and international reggae, blues, hip-hop, and pop acts to Kigali

Nyungwe Festival
March | Annual | Nyungwe
(Music, Marathon & exhibition)
A free marathon event: no registration fees, no trophies, no timing chips. The event is in 4 stages: the Double Double ( 106km), the Full (53km), the Half (22km) & the Half Half (11km)

Kigali International Peace Marathon (KIPM)
May | Annual | Kigali
Bringing more than 1500 global delegates together with more than 4000 Rwandans. KIPM is the only accredited marathon organized in the World under the theme of Peace.

Ubumuntu Arts Festival
July | Annual | Kigali
Held at the outdoor amphitheatre of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre bringing artists from around the world together. Festival activities include (not limited to) performances, workshops, panels and genocide memorial site visits.

Kwita Izina gorilla-naming ceremony
September | Annual | Kinigi
A special time to visit Volcanoes National Park. Visitors can join a several-day guided tour from Kigali running up to the main event where there’s music, dancing, and discussion on the great strides that Rwanda has made in gorilla conservation, and the great challenges that remain.

Visit Rwanda contact information 



Email: [email protected]
Tel: +250 727 775 170
Address: KG220 St, Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda COVID Protocols Rwanda COVID Protocols

Rwanda COVID-19 Travel Protocols

Updated: 05 September 2022

Pre-Departure Requirements

  • All tourists no longer need to present proof of being fully vaccinated to enter Rwanda. (Incoming travellers are encouraged to be fully vaccinated before their travel.)
  • Pre Travel and Arrival testing no longer required for all travellers irrespective of vaccination status

On Arrival

  • All tourists no longer need to present proof of being fully vaccinated to enter Rwanda. (Incoming travellers are encouraged to be fully vaccinated before their travel.)
  • A PCR test is required for those visiting primates at Volcanoes, Nyungwe & Gishwati-Mukura NP. Rapid Antigen test is required for those visiting Akagera NP and all other activities.

On Departure

  •  Dependent on airline / transit point / final destination

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