Best time to trek Gorillas – perfect time to secure Gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda.
Any client would always want to get the best experience of the best time to trek Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda. Various opinions have been put across in different ways like lonely planet and TripAdvisor. The truth is Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, can be tracked throughout the year and the clients get the same level of experience. As such clients tend to avoid rainy season forgetting that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tropical rain forest and situated in an Equatorial Forest, where chances of rain are too high.
Mountain Gorillas are located in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga ranges which is still part of Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park a home of Mountain Gorillas as well, since these endangered apes are rare, clients pay a lot of money to track them. Due to the current price of Gorilla permits, USD700 per person per trek in Uganda and USD1500 per person per trek in Rwanda, clients would love to maximize their experience when it comes to Gorilla tracking and the best time to trek Gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits in Rwanda
Equator being crossed through Uganda, the country has a modified two rainy seasons, and due to this, clients associate the rainy season with the best time to trek Gorillas in Uganda. This would be true because when it rains, it becomes difficult to hike and trek because of the rains that wets the terrain and make them so slippery. For that reasons, some Gorilla families, you may have to drive for some time to reach the starting points of the trail heads and if you do not have a 4×4 vehicle, you may fail to make it to Gorillas. Sometimes, vegetation tends to grow faster, something that may reduce chances of visibility and photography, so the best time to trek Gorillas in Uganda is to avoid the rain seasons in Uganda.
While Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda can be trekked throughout the whole year, drier months of June, July, August, and early September then December up to February are the most preferred. There is no guarantee that it won’t rain as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a tropical rain forest and its climate is influenced by micro conditions of the area. This always depends on the weather condition of that particular day and we are as well experiencing many changes in our climate conditions whereby we receive rains sometimes unexpectedly.
Please note that Bwindi is always cool, cold and sometimes chilled most especially in the evening through out to the early morning hours so in this case at some point it turns out raining. It only warms up as you start hiking to the Mountain Gorillas in the jungle.
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