The best time to go to the drc
The line of the equator runs straight through the Democratic Republic of Congo, meaning temperatures vary little throughout the year. The daily mean for the capital of Kinshasa in the east fluctuates less than 5°C annually, from a low of 22.5°C in July to 27°C in April. Goma, a city on the country’s eastern border, experiences less than 1°C of change, with its citizens enjoying a daily mean of around 20°C year-round.
Thanks to the consistent temperatures, the DRC is a viable destination for travellers at any time of the year.
However, the DRC does experience regular dry and rainy seasons. Two dry seasons occur annually, the first between January and February and the second between June and September. The rainy seasons occur in the intervening months: March-May and October-December. The dry season corresponds to the "high season" in Virunga National Park, during which daily gorilla permits cost $400. The permits for the low season - AKA the wetter months - cost $200 per day.
Despite the predictability of the climate, embarking on a safari to Virunga is not a guarantee of shorts-and-sandals weather. Stretching across 3,000 square miles and reaching altitudes of 16,000 ft, this mountainous region often requires cold-weather preparation. The highest of the Rwenzori Mountains in the north are permanently snow-capped, while a hike up Mount Nyiragongo - an active volcano - will take you past 11,000 ft. Savannah sits alongside alpine forest in this wonderfully diverse jewel at the heart of Africa.