This landlocked country is located within East Africa and bordered by Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and it is best described as the Land of a Thousand Hills. It equally lies close to equators and features the most ideal temperatures and ample rainfall all year round. Rwanda experiences mainly tropical kind of climate and it is characterized by frequent rain showers.
The precipitation in this country ranges from 1000 to 1400 mm each year but this depends on the area. In Kigali which stands at an altitude of 1500 meters experiences about 950 mm of rainfall each year with its maximum in April and minimum from June to August. Around Akagera National Park that lies at an altitude of about 1300 and 1400 meters while areas like Lake Kivu, Butare, Ruhengeri and Nyanza do experience a bit low/cool temperatures. Temperatures here range from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. In montane areas like Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park there is plenty of rainfall and temperatures are moderate.
Around the northeastern side, there is rainforest and the mean temperatures range within 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the lower mountains and much cooler 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Equally, Rwanda experiences 2 rainy/wet season and it is experienced from March to May and the second phase of it begins from October to November.
However, in between the wet season, there is a short dry season which comes with some sunshine and light clouds. As well, the dry season also experiences some light rainfall amount and the heavy amount is received in areas near the equator due to high elevation. The wet season is usually ideal for birding.
For any need to pay a visit to Rwanda for a safari you can do so at any time of the year but the dry season is usually regarded as the best time as it is characterized by the dry season. This is perfect especially for mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
The dry season normally starts from June to September and this is the longest dry spell while the short one begins from December to February. Given the kind of habitat in some parts of this country, you have to expect rains at any time of the day but what is important is that it can rain and afterward, it stops and you continue with your safari activities.
What to pack for a safari in Rwanda?
While planning to pay a visit to this remarkable country for a holiday, you need to consider which items to pack depending on which activity you intend to take part. Most importantly, if you are planning to track mountain gorillas in Rwanda, you need good waterproof hiking boots, gardening gloves, insect repellents, rain jacket or poncho, camera with not flashlight a mention but a few.
In conclusion, when you think of a safari to Rwanda, count your dreams achieved as it is an ideal destination throughout due to its strategic location a stride equator. However, you have to take note of the wet and dry season.