A Gorilla tracking safari in August is one of the top activities to do in Uganda. The Mountain Gorillas can only be found in the wild in two Uganda’s National Parks of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. One can wonder what the Gorilla trekking season is; here is what you need to know about when to track the Mountain Gorillas.
Mountain Gorilla tracking can be done all year round, however the most preferred time to track Gorillas is usually during the dry seasons of the year. This means therefore that its best to track the Mountain Gorillas during the time when the least rainfall is expected in the months of January, February, June, July, August, September, December. It should however be noted that since the Mountain Gorillas are found in the tropical rainforests, rains are to be expected all year round even in the dry season as it can rain anytime.
Entry requirements can change, so please contact your local Uganda Embassy to verify the information below is current.
A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months.
Passports must have a clean and full visa page for endorsement.
All visitors traveling to Uganda must have a valid yellow fever certificate, which will be required as part of a visa application, and may also be required at the port of entry.
Citizens of most countries require a visa. A list of countries that don’t need a visa is available.
Visas are best obtained in advance through an official online Visa application portal but they can also be obtained through your local Uganda Embassy or high commission. At present visas on arrival are still being issued alongside the online application process, but this is meant to be phased out so enquire about this before opting to go this route.
Tourist visas are available for Uganda only, or East Africa (which covers entry to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda) for the same cost.
The main entry point for flights into Uganda is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) located near the town Entebbe, about 46km/29mi from the capital, Kampala. Uganda is a relatively compact country and further transportation within the country is usually done by vehicle. In most cases, your local tour operator will collect you from the airport or hotel and will arrange further transportation as part of your safari-package.
Fly Uganda and Aerolink run scheduled domestic flights to most parks. Alternatively, your tour operator can organize charter flights at a very high price. The only destination in Uganda, which is often reached by air, is the very remote Kidepo Valley National Park.
The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.
Contact us at Great Adventure Safaris for more information about a Gorilla tracking safari in August and we help your plan accordingly. Our safari managers are always at you service and ready to respond to your inquiries swiftly at all times.