Uganda gorilla trekking best time to go
Many tourists always ask what the best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda is. Although gorilla tours in Uganda are conducted all year round there are much more favorable seasons and these are what are referred to as the best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda.
The best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda is during the country’s two dry seasons which are January and February and from June to September. Months of June, July, August, September, January and February are the best times to go gorilla trekking in Uganda. It is during these months that the amount of rain has reduced and the skies are clear most of the time.
These months are however busy months with very many tourists taking their safaris to Uganda, therefore, bookings should be made as early as possible. For activities like gorilla trekking, ensure to book early with permit bookings advisable to be made at least 6 months in advance such that you don’t miss out on getting a permit for the desired day of trekking. Accommodation should also be book early enough to ensure no disappointments.
Best time to go gorilla trekking: June – September & December – February
Rainy/low season: March – May & October – November
The short rainy season starts from October to November and the long rain season starts from mid-march to May, and these are not considered best times of the year to visit for many Uganda safari activities. Going gorilla trekking in Uganda during the rainy season is okay as long as the tourist is ready to take the risk of trekking when it is raining if it happens to rain during the activity. This is also the low season and a good time for tourists who like traveling on a low budget as it is possible to get a discounted gorilla permit and also stay in good accommodation lodges in at an affordable cost because of availed discounts to tourists who visit during this time. The months of April and May have the highest rain totals and tourists are recommended not to take their Uganda gorilla safaris during these months.
Uganda is an all year travel destination because of its climate and location at the equator. The average temperatures in Uganda are at 21.5C and 71F and can drop at night to around 54F. All other tours including Uganda wildlife safaris, chimpanzee trekking, bird watching (best time in November and April) and all other kinds of safaris can be undertaken during the best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Where to see Mountain Gorillas in Uganda?
When it comes to gorilla trekking in Uganda, the need to know where to see the gorillas in the country comes in for many first time travelers. This is because, Uganda is the only country in Africa with two habitats hosting the elusive mountain gorillas. This makes the country home to over 50% of the world’s remaining Mountain gorillas living in two populations’ one in Bwindi forest and the other in the virunga massif. The two national parks where to see mountain gorillas in Uganda are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
With the location of both Uganda’s gorilla habitats which are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park just adjacent to the habitats in the neighboring countries, the best time to go gorilla trekking is almost the same. The dry season months are also the same for Volcanoes National Park for Rwanda gorilla tours and Virunga National Park for Congo gorilla safaris. Gorilla Cousins Rwanda, has customized trips to these three countries for several years and will gladly plan the perfect gorilla holiday tour when contacted.