Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Best Time to go
Situated within the very scenic land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is host to some of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas trekked by many travelers. For many first time tourists it is very important to know the best time to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda. This is very helpful to guide on what time of the year to plan for a Rwanda gorilla tour. Mountain gorillas of Rwanda are found in the Volcanoes National Park in the north western region of the country.
Rwanda gorilla trekking best time to go is popularly during the short and long dry seasons. However, gorilla trekking is possible all year round.
Rwanda Long dry season: The long dry season in Rwanda is between the months of June to September. This is also the peak season when many tourists visit Rwanda for gorilla tours and therefore, making early bookings (especially permits and accommodation) is very much recommended. During the long dry season, the rains are less and apparently getting to the park and hiking the trails is easier; this is because the hiking trails are not muddy and slippery. During this period there are less chances of rain which makes the gorilla trekking experience easier and memorable, it is possible to have light rains during this time though.
To have a Rwanda gorilla trekking safari during the long dry season offers the best experience and therefore reason enough for tourists to book their permits and make a percentage payment early enough at least 6 months in advance. Gorilla Permit bookings can be done best through a Rwanda tour operator since this makes the process less complicated and easier.
Rwanda short dry season: Rwanda’s short dry season is from the month of December to February and also considered the best time to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Though it is a dry season it is also a festive season and the park tends to be a little less “crowded” than during the long dry season. On top of the trails being easy to access, this season is also great for Rwanda birding safaris since migratory birds are present during this time.
In general therefore, the months of June to September and December to February are the Best time to go Rwanda gorilla trekking.
Rainy/wet season in Rwanda
The rainy season which is between April to May and October to November is usually not preferred as best time for gorilla trekking. However, the rainy season is also the low season and therefore there are few tourists visiting the park and therefore an opportunity to easily get permits even with last minute bookings. The other advantage of trekking gorillas in the rainy season is that many of the lodges offer discounts to travelers which makes it a perfect safari time for budget travelers.
Cost of a Rwanda gorilla trekking permit for 2020
A gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs US$ 1500 for each traveler above the age of 15. However, between June to December 2020, Rwanda gorilla trekking tour permits have been discounted to US$ 200 for Rwandans and East African citizens residing in Rwanda and US$ 500 for foreign residents.
For more primate tracking experiences, chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park offers more memorable primate experiences. Mountain gorilla experiences can also be experienced on Uganda gorilla safaris or during gorilla trekking in Congo on cheaper gorilla permits. For wildlife experiences, take a unique Tanzania wildlife safari or Kenya safaris and visit the vast national parks in these countries that host millions of wildlife.
Best Rwanda Gorilla trekking tours
We always strive to see that all our Rwanda gorilla tours are well customized and can be fully enjoyed by our clients. Here are our well picked itineraries for gorilla tours as well as itineraries tailor made with other safari activities in Rwanda.