The gorilla trekking is one of the exciting adventures that is done within the two destinations and these include the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and then the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park harbors the endangered mountain gorillas in the whole World. The other destination where the mountain gorilla trekking is carried out in Uganda is called the Mgahinga gorilla national park also in southwestern Uganda.
There are other destinations of Africa where the gorilla trekking activity is found and these include the Kahunzi Biega National Park and Virunga National Park in the democratic republic of Congo and the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The gorilla trekking activity will lead to the forest to see the habituated gorilla family and once you have seen them then you will spend one hour with the gorillas family.
In Uganda, the gorilla trekking safari can be done any time of the year but the best time for this wonderful activity is during the dry season and this is the time when you will be able to have a favorable environment for the gorilla trekking activity. Uganda experiences the dry season and the wet season that do happen in different months but most of the visitors prefer to do the gorilla trekking during the dry season that occurs in June up to October and then December to January. The rainy season happens from March to May and then October to November. In here, the trails have vanished with mud at a time that makes the gorilla trekking experience so boring.
Trekking the gorillas during the dry season
When I talk of the dry season in Uganda, I mean the time when the country receives less rainfall and this makes it comfortable for the visitors to enjoy the gorilla trekking experience. In the dry season that has the temperatures run for up to 30 degrees Celsius and when it’s at night the temperatures drop to nine degrees Celsius especially at night and during the night’s hours.
From the experience and what the visitors have reported, the dry season is the best gorilla trekking season and the perfect time that you should go and enjoy gorilla trekking in Uganda. With the dry season, the whole place is dry, with the trails so much dry to allow easy movement of the visitors and see the gorillas because the grass tends to be short because of the strong sunshine.
Additionally, the dry season is the best because it provides the visitors easy accessibility as the roads to the gorilla trekking areas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park will be dry and tolerable, as opposed to the stormy season, when heavy rains make access streets to gorilla areas like Ruhija and Buhoma wet, sloppy, and dangerous.
However, the dry season is alas associated with the challenges when the trekking the gorillas in this season, and some of the challenges is that the gorilla permits are so much competition because of the high number of visitors who prefer traveling to the park during the dry season and thus visitors are advised to the early in advance to be able to get the change to enjoy the gorilla trekking activity smoothly during the dry season.
Better to book your gorilla trekking permit 6 months in advance before your preferred date of travel. Please note that as the result of the gorilla trekking activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, it can rain anytime, and thus it’s the dry season you need to be ready and expect anything because it can rain any time of the day.
Gorilla trekking during the wet season
This is the season of gorilla trekking in Uganda that attracts low visitors and there are longer times of rain in Uganda and then shorter periods of rains in Uganda. The longer periods of rainfall occur from March to May and by this time, there is a lot of heavy rainfalls in Uganda’s parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks and then the short rainy spells occur during October to November when the rainfall that is being received is very light. As it is, the rainy season is characterized by the few tourists who are coming to explore the mountain gorillas and at times, the accommodation facilities remain empty and this gives a chance for the visitors traveling on this side to have subsidized prices on lodges.
During the rainy season in Uganda, the lodges and hotels offer discounts as a way of attracting customers. As a result, convenience will be easily reserved without competition, unlike during the dry season, and offering discounts also caters to budget travelers. Even though the blustery season is marked by heavy precipitation, it has a few advantages, like fewer crowds, which allows you to explore the entire National Park with unique viewpoints on wildlife. The rainy season offers the chance to get the permits because permits still are not in high demand but the price remains the same about ist good as well that you book it early enough in advance because most of the visitors like booking the gorillas permit ahead.
In case you wish to trek the gorillas during the rainy season, you will need to come along with items such as a Long-sleeved shirt and pants to keep you warm in the morning and at night, garden gloves, a warm sweater, waterproof rain jacket/poncho to keep you warm when walking the mountain gorillas during the rainy season, and so on.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an exciting activity that is done in bother Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. All these parks are found in southwestern Uganda in Kisoro and Kanungu and they offer the best destination for the gorillas trekking safaris in the whole of Africa. Particularly, Bwindi harbors more than half of the remaining gorillas and there are more than 17 habituated gorilla families that are available for visitors to see on the daily basis.
On the other hand, visitors can also opt to go for the gorilla trekking safari in Mgahinga gorilla National Park with only one habituated Nyakagezii gorilla family and the golden monkeys that are found within this great national park. You can contact us to get the best gorilla trekking safaris which is so much fun.