Climate of Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo enjoys a tropical climate. There is little variation in terms of weather. On the whole, temperatures remain high throughout the year, as does humidity. This is particularly the case in those parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo which lie around the equator. Climate does vary depending on whether you're visiting the Congo River basin area, the southern uplands or the highland region.

Best time to visit

Varies according to distance from the equator, which lies across the north of the country. The dry season in the north is from December to February, and in the south, April to October. The temperature is warm year round and humidity is high.

Required clothing

Lightweight clothes are recommended all year, with rainwear during the rainy season.


The Democratic Republic of Congo is the third-largest country in Africa and is bordered to the north by the Central African Republic and Sudan, to the east by Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, to the south by Zambia and Angola, and to the west by the Republic of Congo and the Angolan enclave, Cabinda. The country has a coastline of only 27km (17 miles), at the outlet of the Congo River, which flows into the Atlantic. The country straddles the equator and has widely differing geographical features, including mountain ranges in the north and west, a vast central plain through which the Congo River flows, and the volcanoes and lakes of the Kivu region. The river has given rise to extensive tropical rainforests on the western border with the Republic of Congo.