When to go for gorilla trekking, The Best Time for undertaking Gorilla Trekking and when is it ideal to visit Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda
What could be the best time to visit gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla destinations?
It should be noted that although the mountain gorilla trekking can be undertaken throughput the year in these two gorilla destinations of Uganda and Rwanda, the good number of world travellers tend to prefer the period of June to September and December to February because of the seasonal variations that are experienced in the respective national parks where gorilla trekking is carried out.
The rains tend to fall in the period which starts from March and runs up to May and though the rains may not necessary be too much heavy, they make the landscape muddy and slippery thus challenging to trek. The hilly landscapes of Bwindi impenetrable National Park and that of the Virunga massif where Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are found have to be a bit challenging requiring a little more energy and fitness. However, it should be noted that even during these rainy seasons, the rain can fall for like 1 to 2 hours a day and also the sun shines for a good section of the day. But also in the drier months, the showers tend to fall especially in the gorilla trekking haven of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The disparity in the number of gorilla trackers also has an attachment to the general weather in the originating countries. For example, in Europe, people tend to travel in summer while in winter, the number reduces.
In addition, Uganda offers discounted gorilla trekking permits in its parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga from the months of April, May and November which are perceived as rainy and challenging to do gorilla treks. And because of this, the gorilla trekkers tend to take advantage of these reduced permits. The seasonality of the trackers can as well be accredited to the overall weather back in the home countries. During summer for instance in Europe, the number of gorilla trekkers is high and then in winter it greatly lowers. Also there are some trekkers who take advantage of the discounted gorilla permits thus visit in that period. In fact, the low season gorilla permits are increasingly gaining ground and neutralizing the low season aspect. The permits are reduced to $350 from $600 in the drier months, Also, accommodation establishments; offer discounted rates in the low season this making the gorilla package cheaper and less costly.
In Rwanda one can note that rains begin at the end of February and runs up to May meaning that the gorilla habitats is a bit muddy and wet in that season thus affecting the arrivals in the country. However, because of abundant rain, gorillas tend to remain on the lower slopes as the food is in abundance offering an easy trek for those who visit in that period. In fact, it tends to take two (2) hours during those months and by 2:00pm all the trekkers are already back from the activity. However, Rwanda does not offer discounted gorilla permits even in the rainy season.
What should be noted is that gorilla trekking can be done all year round and there is no big obstacle that can stop any travellers to trek gorillas on any day throughout the year. Countries like Uganda are tropical countries thus it can rain and it can shine at any time of the day. Feel free to plan your gorilla safari to Uganda and Rwanda in any month of the year.