Congo information

Weather & climate

Travellers to the Congo often wonder when to go for the best possible weather during their trip. Indeed, the weather conditions can contribute significantly to making your holidays enjoyable. However, as easy as the question "When is the best time to go to the Congo?" sounds, as complex is the answer. Your best time to visit Congo will depend on you, as one person's best time can be another's worst! Hence, instead of trying to give a one-fits-all answer, here we’ll try to help you make an informed choice.

When looking at our broad guide to the climate of the Congo, bear in mind nobody can guarantee that the weather during your trip will be exactly like that, as weather patterns across Africa are becoming more and more unpredictable. Probably due to global warming, we see downpours in the middle of deserts and damaging droughts when rains should be falling.

In the case of Congo, we’ve used the best sources that we can… and still they seem to conflict a little.
  • Below is a written description of what we are told is the typical weather in the Congo.
  • On the right, and on the Climate Statistics tab above, are charts with actual climate statistics from a recent year.
We realise these two differ slightly – which perhaps reflects that the climate data isn’t typical … but without any really reliable long-terms climate records, it’s the best we can do.

This uncertainty makes it especially difficult to define the best time to travel to the Congo. That said, here is what we understand about it…

Typical climate in the Congo

The climate across the Congo is basically the same wherever you go, hot and humid, with only slight differences between the northern and southern regions of the country. From October to May the south of the Congo gets a bit less rain than the north, and it tends to have a shorter dry period in the middle of the year. Generally, there are four seasons, which are alternating dry and rainy:
  • a short dry season from January to February
  • a short rainy season from March to April
  • a long dry season from May to September
  • a long rainy season from October to December
The climate in Congo’s central areas, where Odzala National Park is located, feature a remarkably pronounced dry season from June/July to August. These are also the coolest months with average temperatures of about 22.5°C. The highest temperatures (up to 31°C) are reached in March and April and the most rainfall can usually be expected in October.

Thus we regard the best time to visit the Congo as when it’s most likely to be dry: June, July or August, or possibly January or February.

Weather in other African countries

For comparison, see similar climate charts and information for our other African destinations:

Botswana climate – Different from the climate in the Congo.
Kenya climate – Somewhat similar to the Congo weather pattern but drier and a lot cooler.
Malawi climate – Similar pattern to the Congo climate but a lot drier.
Mozambique climate – Different from the climate in the Congo.
Namibia climate – Different from the Congo climate.
Rwanda climate – Somewhat similar to the climate in the Congo but slightly cooler.
Seychelles climate – Rather different from the Congo weather pattern.
Cape of South Africa climate – Completely different from the Congo climate.
Tanzania climate – Rather different from the weather in the Congo.
Zambia climate – Different from the climate in the Congo.
Zanzibar climate – Somewhat similar to the Congo climate, with a more pronounced rainy season at the beginning of the year and less rain at the end of the year.
Zimbabwe climate – Completely different from the weather in the Congo.