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Craig Kaufman
Craig Kaufman Africa Travel Specialist
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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


A single entry 1-month visa is issued on arrival for US$30.  Alternatively, you can apply for this on line through the High Commission.

If you are visiting Rwanda in combination with Uganda and/or Kenya, you will need to apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa, which costs US$100, and is valid for 90 Days. It is Multiple Entry. You will need to apply online through the consulate/embassy/high commission of the first country that you are entering.


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.


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