Rwanda

Rwanda in April

Rwanda in April; weather and where to go

March started the season of the ‘long rains’, and April is its peak, with the average rainfall at 186mm, the highest all year. The reason for Rwanda’s quantity of rainfall notwithstanding the location of the country being so close to the equator, is due to its high altitude especially in the mountain regions- in particular the northwest.

At this time, it is wet, slippery, and the rains can often be relentless, making trekking tough, and doing no favours for those who have expensive equipment. It is, however, still possible to track them at this time, and lodges remain open, as they do year round. 

April is the only month of the year where we actively advise against travel to Rwanda to track the mountain gorillas. 

The upper slopes of the volcanoes tend to be a lot colder, with food more scarce at this time, so the gorillas stay lower, for food and warmth. This does mean that treks at this time can be a little shorter if you want to risk the heavy rains. However, shorter treks are not guaranteed, this is wildlife and it does as it pleases! You can also find that the gorillas may want to avoid the rain too, seeking shelter and hiding under the canopy.

Similar to March, this is still a good time to see chimpanzees. They tend to stick together in large groups and stay lower to the ground at this time, making spotting them a little easier in the wild forests. The rest of Rwanda can be good to travel too. If you are not planning on seeing the gorillas during your time in Rwanda, April is fine to travel.

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