Gorilla trekking safaris in October Uganda Rwanda and Congo- Would you like to come to Africa in October to see the endangered mountain gorillas but you are wondering if October is the best time to travel? Africa Adventure Vacations brings you all the gorilla-related information in October. The best time to trek gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo is during the peak season or dry season from June to September and then December to February. The other month from March to May and then October to November are regarded as low or wet seasons with heavy rainfall counts. However, the gorilla trekking can be done all months of the year and now we focus on your organizing and planning your gorilla trekking safari in October.
Gorilla trekking is the highlight of all African safari activities and it is very hard for someone to come to Africa without seeing the endangered mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas in the whole world are found in Africa and in only 3 countries which include Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla treeing is conducted and done in these countries throughout the years for visitors interested in a particular activity.
There about 1070 mountain gorillas left in the whole world and these are found in the 4 national parks in the whole world. These national parks include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the 3 countries, Uganda has got the highest number of mountain gorillas in both parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga and this means that it boosts the highest chances of seeing gorillas in any of the above countries.
The months of October marks the start of another period when Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are receiving much rain falls and in most cases visitors organizing their gorilla trekking safaris in October especially those going to Uganda parks of Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in southwestern Uganda, they tend to avoid seeing gorillas especially during this months that is characterized by heavy rainfall. Gorilla trekking becomes difficult especially when the rainfall levels are high. In the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park that is in Rushaga and Nkuringo, there is always heavy rainfall and this makes the gorilla trekking safaris in such sector difficult.
However, it is important to note that in Uganda and Rwanda as well, the climatic conditions are seriously changing and it is becoming unpredictable. Sometimes when you expect rainfall it shines and vice versa and this has presented some difficulties especially to visitors who tend to gorilla trekking in rainy conditions.
Yes, October marks the start of the second shift of the rainy season in Uganda and Rwanda as well as the Republic of Congo. However, it is also hard to rainy the whole day. Sometimes it rains in the morning and in the afternoon it shines and in most cases, the sky will clear up after even a heavy downpour and this is the best advantage with the tropical type of climate where these mountain gorillas reside. This implies that there is no complete dry or wet season and still visitor has conducted gorilla trekking even in march built the chances of meeting heavy rainfall are very high and that is why it is good to see gorillas during the dry conditions especially for those who don’t like traveling during the rainy season.
As we have seen, October marks the start of the second shift of the rainy season and it falls in the peak low season. This means that people are less who are traveling and therefore there is less competition for gorilla trekking permits and therefore people can find booking a gorilla trekking permit easily during this period since most of the visitors enjoy traveling during the high season. Further in traveling October, for gorilla trekking comes with some discounts especially on the accommodation and transport and it is also good for visitors who don’t like overcrowding. In October it is also the time when birds are plenty in the park and thus facilitates good opportunities for birders.
For visitors planning to book their gorilla trekking safaris in October, though as we have seen that this month attracts few visitors that would be available to compete for the permits and the permits available are high, it has been proven that in fact some people or tourists tend to book their high peak gorilla safaris to African during the low season and therefore, still, we advise you to do so in advance like 3 months in advance such that you can know that your gorilla permit for October has been booked and secured the gorilla trekking permit. We advise you to book the gorilla permit in advance because sometimes you might choose the date when there is no availability of the permits and you find that you have to reschedule another date and also booking early the permit gives us ample time to prepare and arrange your October gorilla trekking Safari. Visitors are also encouraged to book their best safari lodge early to avoid missing out. For example in Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, there are four sectors where gorilla trekking is conducted which include Buhoma which is found in the northern side of the park, and usually, visitors have to book in advance since the permits are sold in advance in that stipulated time. Other sectors include Nkuringo and Rushaga in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park and Ruhija on the Eastern side of the part Bwindi Forest National Park.
Apart from gorilla trekking safaris or seeing the gorillas in October, there are several activities that you can as well do in the three countries, However, Uganda has got more safari activities than Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thus while in Uganda combine your March gorilla trekking safaris with wildlife activities in Uganda safari National Park. Visitors heading to Uganda in March for gorilla trekking safari can transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and boat cruise safaris and birding, go to Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking and birding safaris. In fact, Kibale Forest National Park is the park with the highest concentration of primates in the whole of Africa, it has got about 14 species of primates, visits other destinations such as the Rwenzori mountains, the golden monkey safaris in Mgahinga National Park, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge and several unique destinations in Uganda. Other destinations in Uganda where you can go include the Kidepo valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park among others, in Rwanda, visitors can go to Akagera National Park for game viewing. However, it is good that you travel during the dry month of the year.
Yes, it is important to note that gorilla trekking safaris activities or gorilla permits should be booked in advance to avoid missing out on this activity, however, you shouldn’t relax and mind, just contact Africa Adventure Vacations as you can get an opportunity to do the last minute gorilla tracking safaris in October with us. As long as you contact us, we shall immediately check for the availability of the gorilla trekking permits with the Uganda wildlife Authority (Uganda), Rwanda Development Board (Rwanda), and the Virunga National Park Authority (Democratic Republic of Congo). These are the bodies responsible for issuing gorilla permits in the respective countries, once we have found the availability of the permits then we shall get back to you accordingly basing on your March dates to track or see the gorillas and then continue and book you the gorilla permits.
Gorilla trekking in both Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Chimpanzee tracking. This can be done in Uganda’s Kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth, Kalinzu forest, and Budongo forest while in Rwanda chimpanzee tracking can be done in Nyungwe forest National Park.
Birding safaris that can be done in all national parks and the forests in all the countries since October presents breeding grounds for most bird species and therefore the bird species are many and available for you to be spot and identify.
Safari game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park all in Uganda, and in Rwanda, you can do game drives in Akagera national park
Engage in boat cruise safari on Kazinga channel, Lake Victoria, and on riverine among other activities. In all the national parks you will be able to spot different wildlife species in October and this means that October gorilla trekking safaris can be combined with wildlife and cultural safaris as well.
There are several October gorilla trekking safari packages that we design and arrange for our clients at Africa Adventure Vacations. What you need to do is to contact us by emailing and we shall respond to you as soon as possible. We have got different gorilla safari packages for March which include the 3- day gorilla tracking safaris in both Uganda and Rwanda, we also organize the 5-day gorilla tracking that includes even the chimpanzee tracking tours in Kibale Forest National Park we also organize the 3-day gorilla trekking packages for Kigali Rwanda to Uganda. All our October gorilla trekking options or packages are customized and we organize and arrange the package depending on your time, interests, and budget.
October is the start of the second shift of the rainy season in the gorilla park in Uganda, Congo, and the democratic republic of Congo. It is advisable that you use the 4×4 land closer or 4 wheel drive that will be able to navigate to long distances especially the slippery trails and to comfortably move for long distances.
Yes while planning to October gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, It is important that to know the cost of seeing gorillas in these countries particularly in October. October has been described as the month characterized by rains or low season however the price of the gorilla permit remains the same but you can enjoy other discounts on accommodation and transport during October. Generally, the cost of seeing the gorillas means the gorillas of the gorillas trekking permit, without a gorilla trekking permit even if you have transportation or accommodation you cannot see gorillas in October. The cost varies from different countries although the experience is the same and under normal circumstances, the price remains the same for all months throughout the year. For Uganda, the gorilla permit costs USD 700 for Foreign Nonresidents, USD600 for foreign residents, and Uganda shillings 250000 for the East African Community (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, southern Sudan) citizens per person per trek while in Rwanda the gorilla permit higher compared to Uganda and Congo and it cost USD 1500 per person per trek while in Congo the gorilla trekking permit costs USD400 per person per trek
Visitors planning to do gorilla trekking in October need to pack some of the items. Yes as we have seen the months are majorly characterized by sunshine but that doesn’t stop you from bringing some of the items even those that one would have packed during the rainy season because you can expect rain any time. Some of the items that you should pack while going to see gorillas /gorilla safaris in Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda include, hiking boots, a camera, a hut or cape, a Long-sleeved shirt rain coast just it happens to rain, a pair of garden gloves, a pail of long stockings, long-sleeved shirt among others.
Sometimes during the gorilla tracking in October, we encourage you to use a porter to enhance your gorilla trekking experience especially during the rainy season
To continue and support the conservation efforts. Most of the local porters found either in Bwindi, Mgahinga, volcanoes, and Virunga National Parks were formally poachers who depended on the forest for the livelihood. However after the introduction of gorilla tourism and gazetting of these forests as national parks, these people now organize themselves to earn a living and this the little money you give them to improve their live hood as well enhancing the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas. A Porter costs around USD15-20.
Porters give you extra support, hand, and knowledge as most of them know better the surroundings and will help you to walk through the heavy train as they narrate to you the conservation and the general background of the communities around the gorilla parks.
Plan your October gorilla trekking experience safari with Africa Adventure Vacations, the famous tour operator based in Kampala Uganda, and experience in organizing and conducting gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are reliable and instant.
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