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Best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla-trekking in High season
Gorilla trekking in Low season

Best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda


Uganda and Rwanda are known as a whole round travel destinations to any tourist planning to visit, being Equatorial pleasant warm and tropical climate with insignificant seasonal variations, making it good to visit year round. The presence of Lake Victoria and its unique weather patterns to the climate with its strategic location of the Equator has made Uganda as a year-round activity with its neighbor Rwanda.
Best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda in the tropical rain forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which are both located in southwestern Uganda. In Rwanda, mountain gorillas are seen in the Volcanoes National Park in the Northeast of Rwanda. Mountain gorillas in both countries are trekked all year round, but knowing the best time to visit the mountain gorillas in their natural environment is a great experience in life.
Uganda and Rwanda are blessed with climates made up of two rainy seasons, the short season starts from October to November and the long rainy season starts from Mid-march to the end of May. Therefore, the best time for trekking gorilla in Uganda and Rwanda of the year is when you visit the gorillas in June, July, August and September. If that is not possible, January and February should be relatively good visits too.

Gorilla-trekking in High season

This is in the months of January, February, June, July, August, September and December where there is less rainfall and sometimes even no rains at all. Most travelers choose to travel during this season because of the dry weather and it is because of this that there is a high demand for the gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda at this time. This means travelers have to book their permits well in advance.
The dry season is perfect for trekking mountain gorillas, the mountain gorillas are found in the temperate weathered regions with raised landscapes, this means the climate remains cool all year round – perfect weather for length treks.
Trekking mountain gorilla in high season is expensive, a permit in Uganda costs 600USD compared to 450USD in the low season where as in Rwanda gorilla permit cost 1500USD all year around
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Gorilla trekking in Low season

This is the best time for people travelling on a budget; many people have enjoyed travelling to see the gorillas throughout the low season. During this time, trekking permits are offered at a discounted rate reduced at 450USD for non-resident travelers in Uganda while in Rwanda no discount for low season, visiting in this season also means that you will enjoy the jungle with relatively less crowd. The low season is known for its heavy rains between the months of March, April, May, October and November, and it is this rainfall that discourages many prospective visitors.
In both Uganda and Rwanda, mountain gorilla trekking is done every day not minding whether it’s raining or shining. For all the years that gorilla trekking has been done, no single day has ever been cancelled because of bad weather.

Accommodation costs in the low season are also more favorable than during high season; since the occupancy rate is low, low prices are set to attract budget travelers.

To add to all the discounted rates and with less people trekking mountain gorillas in the low season, the few who trek are allocated to different gorilla families in Uganda, which provide them with closer and more exclusive interactions with them.
However despite the advantages during this season, rains make trekking difficult. The grounds become slippery and muddy, together with the showers and droplets, and can make for an uncomfortable or interesting experience for less experienced walkers.