Good Time To Trek Mountain Gorillas

This normally happens in the months of June, July, August, September etc...

Good Time To Trek Mountain Gorillas

Good time to trek mountain gorillas- When intending to gorilla trekking, your choices should lie on volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, or Mgahinga Gorilla Park of Uganda.

Uganda is becoming one of the most unique, and sought-after travel destinations point in Africa. Uganda has two rainy seasons with the shortest happening in October to November and the longest occurring from mid-march to May.  The remaining months are the dry season months. Uganda has of recent experienced some climate changes in its weather patterns and this has made it difficult to predict these seasons unlike before.

Good time to trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda.

Uganda and Rwanda both experience an average temperature that is about 22 and these temperatures always drop at night to 12. Uganda’s rainfall levels are between 1000-2000mm per annum. But the region generally gives clear skies throughout the year enabling gorilla trekking throughout the year.

High season;

This normally happens in the months of June, July, August September, December, January, and February. During these months less rainfall is experienced as it’s overtaken by the sunshine.

January-February and June-September is the best period to do gorilla trekking both in Uganda and Rwanda. Although this period is termed as year-round up activities, these two countries during this period are always experiencing dry seasons hence enabling visitors to choose trekking in the dry season also known as the high seasons.

December is also another busy month. It’s the busiest month of the year based on the fact that the whole world is always off for Christmas holidays and year-end. Therefore, we strongly advise you to book your gorilla trekking permits as early as possible to avoid disappointments and for proper planning.

If you need the best gorilla trekking conditions with no worries about prices, the high season is the best for you. these countries Uganda and Rwanda have raised topography meaning the climate is fairly cool throughout the year, despite some serious walking/hiking that may result in feeling hot.

Low season;

Tourists who usually come in low season experience real adventure to the fullest. This is because, during the low season, there are always few people in the jungle. There are also price reductions in accommodation facilities since fewer tourists come into the country and lodges are in less demand in this season and there is always availability of gorilla and chimpanzee permits because of fewer tourists coming in.

While in rainy seasons you may incur some challenges in traveling both in Uganda and Rwanda, a day is never lost due to rains, surprisingly days have both rain and sunshine, this means that despite wetness and coldness its usually favorable for you to continue with your activities as stated in your itinerary whether it rains or not gorilla trekking is conducted daily as it has never been canceled due to the bad weather.

Other things to do during good time to trek mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Besides gorilla tracking, below is a list of activities you may do during good time to trek gorillas in Bwindi;

Batwa Pygmy Experience

Interacting with the locals will put a smile on your face, especially after successful mountain gorilla trekking. The Batwa pygmies are believed to be one of the oldest group of people that existed on planet earth, initially living in the forests as wonderers and fruit gatherers, who depended on the plants and animals for food, medication, and shelter.

However, though they have been displaced from the forest, their spirits are still alive, and they keep demonstrating what they inherited from their forefathers. They take you through honey gathering and tasting, sing interesting songs, lead visitors to the caves, and tell ancient stories related to their inherited origin among others.

Nature Walks

This gives you the opportunity of adventuring the captivating biodiversity of flora and fauna at Bwindi park, watching numerous bird and plant species, farmlands, forest walk, and participating in the community walk and community funded projects.


Bwindi impenetrable forest is a true birder’s haven, hosting over 346 species, of which over 25 are believed to be endemic to the Albertine region and approximately 23 non-endemics. Additional, Guinea-Congo-forest biome bird species, Western Green Tinker bird, blue headed sunbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Kivu ground thrush, African Wood Owl, black bee-eater, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, African emerald cuckoo, regal sunbird, western tinkerbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat among others thus becoming the best spot for group birding experience while at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

The commonly used Trails include Mubwindi swamp, Buhoma sector, and the Bamboo zones among others.

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