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Best Time for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Trekking

Asking yourself  when is the best time for Gorilla Trekking?

Get the basics here, we have compiled for you the best travel tips for you to know the Best Time for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda to ensure that your trip is a great and memorable with lasting memories. For one to choose the best time to visit, several factors will be considered, for example; the season, weather, and the ease of finding the gorillas in the mist and highlands.

There has been much controversy by travelers debating on what is the best time for gorilla trekking. However, you should simply know that mountain gorillas in can be tracked all year round and still find them to answer your trekking expectations. The busiest and yet the best time for gorilla trekking are Mid-June to early October and Mid- December to March of every year and these are often referred to as the High-Seasons or Peak Seasons.

Where Can I find the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda?

Mountain gorillas which are among the most endangered species on planet earth are located in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National. Gorilla Trekking takes place in the Rainforest of Bwindi and this means, it can rain any time therefore you are advised to carry a poncho with you when going for the gorilla trek. However much it rains daily especially in the early moist hours and at night, travelers should expect the sunny sunshine every day in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda which gives you the best view of scenic landscapes.

What are the different seasons in Uganda for gorilla trekking?

Uganda is an all year round gorilla trekking destination to any tourist planning to travel due to its strategic location near and crossed by the equator. There are mainly two rainy seasons in Uganda; the short season starts from October to November and the long rainy season starts from Mid-march to the end of May. The best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda therefore is is June, July, August and September. If that is not possible, January and February should be relatively okay.

The average temperatures of Uganda are at 21.5 C and 71 F, these also drop at night time to around 54 F which affects the altitude. Rainfall in Uganda ranges between 1000-2000mm every year. However, throughout the year the skies in Uganda are clear which supports most safari vacations. These climate changes have brought about changes in weather patterns hence making it harder to predict the seasons of the tourism year.

According to the recent trends, many travelers choose to visit for gorilla trekking from May to September to February since in these months, the amount of rain reduces and it’s sunny in most of the destinations. December is one of the busiest months of the year in most national park and it’s advisable to book the accommodation in time to avoid disappointments. During the Christmas season, most Uganda plan to take vacations to national parks so it’s always a peak season in the month of December. During the rainy season, one must note that it does not rain all day long, rain often comes at night or during the early morning hours. You always need the right equipment for a Gorilla Trek and especially during the rainy season.

What items must I carry for gorilla trekking in Uganda?

Boots are of great importance but it would be better if they are waterproof. You will see that many of those guiding you on your Gorilla Trek in Uganda will be wearing rubber boots though some travelers may prefer waterproof hiking boots, you will also need to carry a waterproof daypack, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, rain jacket or poncho,to help protect you against nettles and rain (should it rain). Be sure that your camera is well protected from the elements.