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The climate of Bukavu (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Bukavu is located on the southwest bank of Lake Kivu. The city was founded by the Belgian colonial government around 1900. The old colonial villas can still be found on the banks of this beautiful lake. The surroundings of Bukava are mainly known for the national park that can be found here. Kahuzi Biga National Park is one of the few places where Lowland Gorillas live. This is one of the reasons this park is a Unesco preservation site. Unfortunately, conflicts in this region make it difficult to properly protect these gorillas. After the genocide in Rwanda many Hutus fled to the region surrounding Bukavu. These refugee camps are used as a base camp to attack the neighboring country of Rwanda. The region is a constant battle field of armed conflicts. Although Bukavu had well functioning infrastructure the roads have not been well maintained and were largely destroyed because of these conflicts. A natural phenomenon also threatens Bukavu. Limnic eruptions in the lake cause CO2 or methane gas to suddenly rise to the surface killing all animals and humans in the vicinity of the eruption. Bukavu has a tropical monsoon climate with lower precipitation figures in June, July and August. This period may be referred to as a dry period although some rain will fall. Because Bukavu is located at a higher altitude both daytime and night time temperatures are slightly lower than you may expect in a region with a tropical climate type.


Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Bukavu.

temperature (C)


temperature (C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (C)
January 24 15 5 20 n/a
February 25 15 5 18 n/a
March 25 15 5 20 n/a
April 24 15 5 22 n/a
May 24 15 5 16 n/a
June 25 14 7 6 n/a
July 25 13 8 4 n/a
August 26 14 6 6 n/a
September 26 15 6 13 n/a
October 25 15 5 19 n/a
November 24 15 5 24 n/a
December 24 15 4 21 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but dont present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures dont always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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