Best time to go Gorilla Trekking Uganda
Though gorilla trekking in Uganda is an all year round activity and tourists can visit when they are able to, however, the best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda in some specific months. These are the months that form the dry seasons in the country and are much more favorable seasons to go gorilla trekking in Uganda rather than during the rainy season.
The two seasons that form the best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking are the short dry season in the months of December to February and the long dry season from June to September. Months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February are the best months to take Uganda gorilla tours. In these months, the rain totals are low which makes mobility during gorilla trekking easier making the whole experience worth it.
Gorilla trekking Uganda best months: June – September & December – February
In the two dry season months that are referred to as the best time to trek gorillas in Uganda, many tourists go trekking in the two gorilla parks making it necessary for each tourist to do an early booking. The two parks are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the other is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda gorilla safari permits should be booked early enough (at least 6 months prior) then book for the whole trip early enough to avoid disappointments.
Advantages of trekking gorillas in the dry season
Trekking gorillas in the dry season is much preferable because of the advantages it offers, these are;
Trekking or hiking through the tropical forests is easier in the dry season as the trails are much drier. Therefore the trails are not much slippery making it easy to walk through the trails.
In the dry season there are low chances of heavy rain and therefore visibility is much clear. This makes viewing the gorillas and the whole hiking experience amazing.
Some gadgets can easily be affected by rain for instance phones and cameras which may disrupt photography of the gorillas. These chances are low during the dry season.
The major disadvantage of trekking gorillas in the dry season is that many tourists visit during this time and therefore if one doesn’t book early they can easily fail to get a permit for the desired day. Lodges in the gorilla habitats also get fully booked early and in most cases prices are high.
Gorilla trekking in the rainy/wet season
Just like the dry seasons, there are also two rainy seasons. 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 gorilla tours as well as many Uganda safari activities.
However, it is very okay to go 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 at affordable costs 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.
The reason as to why Uganda is referred to as an all year travel destination because of its climate and location at the equator. The country does not have extreme weather conditions like winter and therefore the climate is moderate and tourists can undertake safari activities. It is very possible to have a full day without rain during the rainy season and vice versa. The average temperatures in Uganda are at 21.5C and 71F and can drop at night to around 54F.
With the location of both Uganda’s gorilla habitats which are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park just adjacent to the other two gorilla parks in the neighboring countries of Rwanda and Congo, the best time to go gorilla trekking for Rwanda gorilla tours and Congo gorilla safaris is almost the same seasons.
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 same seasons when it is the best time to go gorilla trekking Uganda.
Jewel Safaris is one of the tour companies that prides in organizing Africa tour packages beyond gorilla trekking. We also customize wildlife safaris all through the East African region including Kenya safaris as well as Tanzania safari tours.