Weather & Climate – Nyungwe Forest 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.

Climate Chart Nyungwe Forest National Park

Climate Chart Nyungwe Forest National Park – 1,629-2,870m / 5,344-9,416ft

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

Nyungwe typically receives more than 2,000mm of precipitation per year. This, combined with the high altitudes, means that the climate is very wet and cool. Due to the forest’s close proximity to the equator, temperatures stay constant year-round. During the day, temperatures are around 20°C/68°F and it cools off at night to about 10°C/50°F. Note that temperatures can vary significantly thanks to the park's wide range of altitudes. Temperatures drop by about 6.5°C for every 1,000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft).

Dry Season June to September

Throughout the year Nyungwe Forest receives rain, though there is a drier period from June to September. Bring waterproof clothing and shoes for hiking and warm clothing for the cold, damp evenings, regardless of when you visit.

  • June, July & August – These are the driest months of the year, but it can still rain anytime. This is an excellent time for hiking as the trails are drier. Daytime temperatures average 21°C/70°F, with an average of 10°C/50°F at night.
  • September – After drier weather, it will start raining more often at some point in September. Temperatures stay the same.

Wet Season October to May

Bring waterproof clothing and shoes for hiking during the day, as well as clothes to keep you toasty warm in the cold, damp evenings.

  • October, November, December, January & February – It rains a lot and November is a peak month for rainfall. Temperatures will be around 20°C/68°F during the day, but will vary depending on altitude. Nights are cold, with an average of 10°C/50°F.
  • March, April & May – The rain picks up in March and peaks in April. Hiking can be difficult in March and April as the trails get very slippery. Temperatures stay the same.

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