Bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Republic of Congo, Rwanda is one of Africa’s great lake regions. The climate and temperatures throughout the year vary and the country has two rainy seasons and two dry seasons. Tourism throughout the country has increased significantly over the years with many travellers keen to explore this beautiful country and experience its unique culture and history.
Places to visit in Rwanda
Intoxicating African culture comes alive at many of the destinations available for travellers to visit throughout with the Akagera National Park, located in eastern Rwanda. This area provides a unique take on the traditional East African Safari. Although it is quite small compared to other animal parks, it has populations of many African mammals such as elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffes as well as leopard and lions.
Further to this, there are amazing bird watching opportunities with over 530 species located in the area. Along with this, there are amazing scenic views for visitors to experience of the Nyungwe Forest and Lake Kivu as well as numerous opportunities for both relaxation and exploration.
Best time to visit Rwanda
Rwanda experiences various weather climates throughout the year which should be considered when deciding on the best time to visit. The country experiences long dry and rainy seasons. The long rainy season starts in March and lasts into May, with the shorter second rainy season lasting from October to November. Along with this, the longer dry seasons are from June through to the end of September, with the shorter dry season starting in December and ending in February.
Rwanda's rich and varied culture and arts are displayed throughout the year at various events and festivals. The mini film festival, which is held in March, allows amateur filmmakers throughout the Rwanda film community to showcase their talents. The festival would represent a great tourist experience for travellers.
Throughout June, the Gorilla Naming Ceremony is held, which is a unique cultural experience, during which a number of newborn gorillas are named, the ceremony then continues with displays of music and traditional dance and allows visitors to sponsor a gorilla if they wish.
Centre X Centre Festival and Festival Arts Azimuts also provides a range of artists, dancers and musicians to showcase their talents, and the event is held annually throughout August and October.