The best times to visit Bukavu for ideal weather are
May 14th to September 9th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Bukavu Travel Guide
Weather in Bukavu
Average temperatures in Bukavu vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 78th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Bukavu, the hottest months are August, January, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 81.4°F (27.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 64.3°F (17.9°C) at night.
Bukavu Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Bukavu Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Bukavu Perceived Temperature (F)
Bukavu Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Bukavu Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Bukavu are July, June, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May to early June. For example, on the week of May 28th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid February with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of February 19th.
When can you find snow in Bukavu? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Bukavu.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Bukavu (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Bukavu has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is August (44.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is April (67.5%).
Wind in Bukavu is usually calm. The windiest month is July, followed by August and June. July’s average wind speed of around 7 knots (8 MPH or 12.9 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid July where average top sustained speeds reach 12.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Bukavu.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.5||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.5||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.6||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5.5||Light breeze||9.7||Gentle breeze|
|May||5.9||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||6.2||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||7||Gentle breeze||12.2||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||6.7||Light breeze||11.7||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.1||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||6||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.9||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.7||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Bukavu?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat unsafe, especially in some areas. As of Dec 13, 2018 there are strong travel warnings and regional advisories for the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa); avoid non-essential travel and all travel to some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Bukavu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is March, followed by July and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Bukavu in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Bukavu Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 79.7°F (26.5°C) and 76.6°F (24.8°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 13 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Bukavu, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 79.3°F (26.3°C) and 76.2°F (24.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 10 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Bukavu to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 81.2°F (27.3°C) and 76.7°F (24.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 9 to 11 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.