​Best Time to Visit – Nyungwe NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

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Nyungwe National Park is open throughout the year. The dry months, from June to September, are the best time for chimpanzee trekking, spotting other primates and hiking. At this time the trails are less slippery, and activities are less likely to be interrupted by heavy rainfall.

Best Time June to September (Dry weather, best chimp trekking)
High Season June to September (Popular gorilla trekking time in Volcanoes NP)
Low Season March, April, May, October and November (High rainfall)
Best Weather June to September (Least rain)
Worst Weather March and April (Most rain, forest trails are slippery)

June to September Dry Season

  • Drier trails make hiking easier and more pleasant
  • The sun is more likely to break through the clouds
  • Best time for chimpanzee trekking
  • Some of the special forest birds might be difficult to find

October to May Wet Season

  • Forest birding is at its best
  • It is low season and rates might be lower
  • Rain can make forest trails challenging
  • Rain can interfere with scheduled activities

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Best Time to Go to Rwanda by Major Park

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