Rwanda in January

enter image description here

Highlands and medium-altitude regions, for instance Kigali, Lake Kivu and Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks, are warm to hot by day, and comfortably cool by night.

Low-lying Akagera National Park is hot by day, and warm by night.

January falls into the so-called short dry season and most parts of the country receives a medium precipitation (around 50-100mm).

  • January is a good month for tracking gorillas and chimpanzees, and for other hikes in Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks, since conditions tend to dry out underfoot as the short rains subside, and the odds of being drenched by a shower are relatively low.

  • Because it falls into the short dry season, January is a good time to visit Akagera National Park.

  • For birdwatchers, resident species are boosted by a large number of Palaearctic migrants between November and April.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 1

South Africa | Johannesburg
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 2

Botswana | Okavango Delta
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 3

Botswana | Okavango Delta
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 4

Botswana | Okavango Delta
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 5

Botswana | Okavango Delta
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 6

South Africa | Johannesburg
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 7

Rwanda | Volcanoes National Park
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 8

Rwanda | Volcanoes National Park
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 9

Rwanda | Volcanoes National Park
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 10

Tanzania | Central Serengeti
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 11

Tanzania | Central Serengeti
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 12

Tanzania | Central Serengeti

Jan

Mar

Southern Serengeti or Ndutu

Jun

Jul

Western Serengeti corridor

Aug

Oct

Mara River in the northern Serengeti

Nov

Dec

North-Eastern Serengeti

day 13

Tanzania | Serengeti National Park

Jan

Mar

Southern Serengeti or Ndutu

Jun

Jul

Western Serengeti corridor

Aug

Oct

Mara River in the northern Serengeti 

Nov

Dec

North-Eastern Serengeti

day 14

Kenya | Masai Mara
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 15

Kenya | Masai Mara
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)
  • Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

day 16

End of Journey

View Full Itinerary

Popular Rwanda Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Chimpanzee | Meet the Primates of Uganda and Rwanda (12 days)

Meet the Primates of Uganda and Rwanda (12 days)

See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial ...

 | Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration...

The Uganda Hills | The Complete East Africa Experience (13 days)

The Complete East Africa Experience (13 days)

Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas...

 | Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

Unforgettable experience in the jungles of Rwanda to track the last Mountain gorillas on earth and view the awesome Great Migration river crossings...

 | Nature, Romance and Exclusivity - A Complete African Honeymoon (14 days)

Nature, Romance and Exclusivity - A Complete African Honeymoon (14 days)

This exclusive African honeymoon through East and Southern Africa is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new journey together...



You might also like

Value-for-money safari in Rwanda

Credit: Beard and Curly Rwanda has a low-volume, high-cost tourism strategy, and tracking gorillas in particular can hardly be referred to as offering good value-for-money when it costs more than twice as much as it does in neighbouring Uganda. Other activities in Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks are somewhat more affordable: the hikes up the three main Virunga peaks represent far…

Languages in Rwanda

Unusually for Africa, Rwanda is essentially a mono-linguistic state, with the first language of practically all citizens being Kinyarwanda. In addition, most Rwandans speak a little of at least one international language. Historically, French was the most widely recognised European language, thanks to almost 50 years of Belgian colonisation. These days, however, English probably has the…

Volcanoes National Park

Protecting the Rwandan sector of the Virunga Mountains, the 160km2 Volcanoes National Park is best-known as the place where Dian Fossey launched her pioneering study of mountain gorillas in the wild in 1966, and where the Oscar-nominated film Gorillas in the Mist was shot on location in 1988. It is one of Africa’s most scenic national parks, comprising a chain of six extinct and three…

Rwanda in August

Highlands and medium-altitude regions, for instance Kigali, Lake Kivu and Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks, are warm to hot by day, and comfortably cool by night. Low-lying Akagera National Park is hot by day, and warm by night. August is a dry month but the short rains may start towards the end of the month. Monthly rainfall in most parts of the country is low (under…

Rwanda in March

Highlands and medium-altitude regions, for instance Kigali, Lake Kivu and Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks, are warm to hot by day, and comfortably cool by night. Low-lying Akagera National Park is hot by day, and warm by night. March marks the start of the main rainy season and most parts of the country receive rainfall in excess of 100mm precipitation. March is not an optimum…

Photography in Rwanda

Rwanda offers some superb opportunities for wildlife and scenic opportunities. The mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park are wonderful laidback photographic subject and the speeds attainable by modern cameras mean you would have to be very unlucky not to come back with some awesome pictures, even in gloomy conditions. The more restless chimpanzees of Nyungwe National Park tend to…

Relaxed holiday in Rwanda

Rwanda isn’t suited to a chill-out kind of holiday. It requires some effort to make the most of the country’s main highlights, and overall it is best suited to relatively active travellers. The closest thing to a real beach resort is Lake Kivu, but this is more the sort of place you would tag on to a longer visit than a reason to visit Rwanda in its own right. ...

Shopping in Rwanda

Kigali is equipped with a fair selection of well-stocked (but often quite pricey) western-style supermarkets and malls. Shops in smaller towns are less varied and more poorly stocked, but most everyday goods likely to be required by tourists will be available. A wide range of handicrafts is sold countrywide and there’s great scope for browsing, especially in Kigali. The city’s…

Ready to start your adventure?

+27 (0)21 422 3498
   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    Mon - Fri: 8AM - 9PM GMT+2