Best Time for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Knowing the best time for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is one of the most relevant information to have before planning any gorilla tour to Rwanda. Visiting Rwanda to see gorillas during the right time contributes a lot to your gorilla trekking experience. Rwanda is one of the three African countries that is home to mountain gorillas which is the only gorilla specie that only survives in its natural habitat.
Mountain gorillas in Rwanda are only found in Volcanoes National Park with 10 habituated gorilla families for gorilla safaris. To see any of these families, travelers need to travel to Rwanda and go trekking through the forest to meet a family of the habituated gorillas. The best time for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is at any time of the year, however, the long and short dry season is most preferably to go gorilla trekking in the land of a thousand hills.
The Long dry season: The long dry season in Rwanda runs between June to September. This is also the peak season when many tourists visit the country for gorilla tours and therefore making early bookings is very important. During this time, the rains are less and apparently getting to the park and hiking the trails is easier as 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. 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. Permit bookings can be done best through a Rwanda tour operator since this makes the process less complicated and easier.
The short dry season: Rwanda’s short dry season is from December to February and also considered the best time for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. The short dry season is also a good time for trekking the endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. During this time, the park tends to be less crowded than during the long dry season. In this season, the trails are also easy to access and also great for birding safaris since migratory birds are present during this time.
The long and short dry seasons are preferably the best time to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda. However, gorilla tours in Rwanda are available all year round. 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.
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.
Jewel Safaris offers well customized short and long gorilla trekking safaris, therefore book a tour with us and have very affordable yet memorable experiences. For more primate tracking experiences, chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest 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.