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Rwanda in December: weather and where to go

Rwanda in December: weather and where to go

December marks the end of the short rains, and the start of the short dry season. This is an excellent time to travel to Rwanda, but it is a peak month, so you’ll need to book well in advance of travel to secure the accommodation you want, and make sure you get hold of those ever-challenging gorilla tracking permits. Lodge prices can reflect the high season too.

The average rainfall drops leaving the ground much more desiccant; which means easier tracking with less mushy ground. You can still encounter rain, but it is not as likely as in the wetter seasons. 

Chimpanzee close up

Note that permits for Christmas day especially are extremely high in demand, so you need to book well in advance, or be really lucky. If you want to spend Christmas with the mountain gorillas, please get in touch with us straight away to secure your permits. You can, of course, trek the gorillas throughout the month of December, and it should be good conditions to do so throughout the month.

Evenings in the mountains can get quote chilly, so come prepared with some warm clothing. The landscapes in Rwanda are incredible, you’ll want to spend as much time outside as possible.


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