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Rwanda in August: weather and where to go

Rwanda in August: weather and where to go

With conditions very similar to July, August is just as popular due to the warm and dry weather as well as it being viewed as the best time of the year for trekking the mountain gorillas. As with the month of July we strongly advise that you book well in advance to ensure that you will be able to secure places for your dream accommodation as well as permits for trekking the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas.

After a dry July, the ground can be more secure under foot, leading to easier trekking to see the mountain gorillas. With a monthly rainfall average of just 35mm, August is pretty dry too, although you can always get a spot of rain when you are in Rwanda’s Virunga’s. Akagera National Park is great at this time, dry ground leads to fewer water holes; fewer water holes leads to animals gathering in fewer places in higher numbers to drink. This makes the animals easier to find, and they can be seen in larger concentrations. 

Mountain gorillas, Rwanda

At this time, tracking the gorillas in Rwanda can be combined with countless other options, from game and chimpanzees in Tanzania, to big cats and beaches in Kenya, and even lemurs and sandy beaches in Madagascar. Namibia is coming into its dry winter, making it a great place to combine with too. All in all, it is a great time to travel Rwanda, and Africa as a whole.

August can be one of the best times to go to Rwanda, but as mentioned, you must book well in advance.


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