Gruene Wiese und ein Regenschirm mit der Ruanda Flagge
Anja Sterker
Written by: Anja Sterker Last updated at: February 19, 2024

Rwanda Weather

Rwanda, also called "the land of 1000 hills", is located in the east of Africa and borders Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. The area of the country is approximately 26,000 square kilometres, most of which is highland (hence the nickname). Rwanda's weather is quite mild throughout the year due to its high altitude.

The lower regions are located in the east. There, the average temperatures are 19-22 degrees. This region is very rich in water and partly swampy. In the north of the country, on the other hand, there are volcanoes up to 4,500 meters high. In the higher regions, it is rather cool, with a maximum of 17 degrees.

Rwanda has four seasons, which can be divided into rainy seasons and dry seasons. The small dry season begins in mid-December and lasts until the end of January. At this time, it is relatively dry, but rain showers are possible at any time. The big rainy season lasts from February to May. During this time, it rains almost the whole day, and there is very high humidity. This is followed by the big dry season from June to September. The year ends with a small rainy season from October to December. During the rainy seasons, one should be careful (especially in rural areas), as flooding and landslides can occur.

In the capital, Kigali, in the centre of the country, daytime temperatures range from 19° to 27° all year round. At night, temperatures drop to an average of 15°.