Rwanda is a small, landlocked country located in the east central part of Africa surrounded by countries like Tanzania, Congo, Uganda and Burundi. It is also known as “the Land of a thousand Hills” and it lies only a few degrees south of the equator. The small nation boasts of moderate temperatures as well as ample rainfall all year round. Frequent showers during the better part of the year characterize the country’s weather and climate plus on average 40 inches of rainfall are received annually. The northeastern corner of the country is most of the time rainy because of the rainforest there. Temperatures during the day hover at about 750F in the lower mountains and 550F in the higher mountains whereas at night temperatures range in the 60s. Rwanda has 2 rainy seasons in a year; one from January to April and the other from October way into December. The rainy season is intersected by a brief dry season that is characterized by sunshine and some light clouds. Occasional light rainfall is also received during the dry season. This rich supply of rain in Rwanda in spite of its short distance from the equator is because of its high altitude.
Whereas you can go anytime of the year to explore Rwanda, the dry season which begins in mid May to the middle of October is a better time to get round. If you have plans of visiting the famous mountain gorillas of Rwanda then this is the ideal time to go.
When packing to travel to Rwanda you may need to consider attires for typical weather patterns but there are things which we may call essential that you cannot miss including clothing of lightweight and a few warmer attires for the night especially if you will stay in the uplands or mountainous areas of the country. Do not forget rain proof items for days when it rains like umbrellas or better yet rain coats.