Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Senior travel and product specialist
"The heart-stopping moment you experience when you come face to face with a gorilla is one of the most unforgettable wildlife experiences to be had anywhere in the world."

Best Time To Visit Rwanda

When to go

Rwanda can be visited year-round. Although it is equatorial, its high altitude creates a warm, pleasant climate. Rainy season is April-May, with short rains in November. The dry season is better for tracking, but the short rains are not serious. Palearctic migrants augment Rwanda’s phenomenal birdlife from November to March. 

When to go to Rwanda - Climate Chart

Getting there

Kenya Airways from London Heathrow to Nairobi and a good connection for the short flight on to Kigali. Flying time is 8 hours to Nairobi, plus 80 minutes to Kigali.

Brussels Air flies from Brussels to Kigali three times weekly, with connections from all major UK airports. Flying time 8 hours from Brussels, plus connecting flight from the UK.

Time Zone

GMT +2 hours


British citizens do not require visas. Citizens of most other countries should obtain a visa from the Rwandan Embassy.


Parts of Rwanda are malarial. A yellow fever immunisation certificate is a requirement. Always consult your doctor at least six weeks before travel and refer to this useful NHS wesite - Fit for Travel for details of recommended vaccinations for travel to Rwanda.

See example tailor-made Rwanda holidays and gorilla tours.

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