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Best Time to Visit Rwanda For Gorilla Trekking

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When to go for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda 

best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking

Best Time to Visit Rwanda,  Discover the best seasons for Gorilla Trekking?

The best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking in during the dry season, because trekking the dry ground is easier compared to the wet grounds during the wet season, even though gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda can be done all year round, Amazing Gorilla Safaris recommends the best seasons of the year to make for you a better trip plan. Rwanda has two seasons of weather, the rainy season that runs from April to May and June-September and December -February for the dry season. During the rainy season, the ground is constantly wet and it can be quite challenging to hike through the forests in the rainy season which is referred to as the Low season. The best time recommended for gorilla trekking is during the drier season since this period of the year is characterized to be a long dry season for Rwanda, with temperatures going up to 29 degrees Celsius for some days making it the best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking if you like to enjoy the trekking experience.

What is the weather like in Rwanda?

Rwanda’s weather is good all year round and the dry season is more preferable and the best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking. Wildlife viewing, game drives, and night game drives can be done perfectly during this dry season. For tourists interested in visiting gorillas – they should look forward to booking gorilla trekking safaris during this dry season because there is a minimal chance of rain during the trek and good hiking terrain in the rainforest. We still suggest your waterproof clothing even during these drier months, as this Equatorial climate is very unpredictable. This period is also a peak season; hence the prices can be higher on things like accommodation, car hire, gorilla trekking permits, etc.

Best time to Visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking by Month (Consider the weather like)

Visiting Rwanda in December – February

December to February is a drier season across Rwanda, making this the most comfortable and best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking. However, the prices are high especially on accommodation, car rental, gorilla trekking permits so it’s important to book well in advance. The warm, sunny weather makes it favorable for trackers to track gorillas and enjoy outdoor activities across the country.

Visiting Rwanda in March

The rainy season starts in March until mid-May, this is the best time to see chimpanzees and chimpanzee trekking is easily done. During this rainy season, the fruits in the forests ripen and the chimpanzees come down to the lower reaches of the forest canopy to eat them.  For those with good quality rain gear, gorilla tracking can still be undertaken, and there are often discounts on the permits because its a low season and probably not the best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking.

Visiting Rwanda in June – September

June to September is a dry season in Rwanda, it is the peak and best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking. Sometimes it showers especially in the rainforest, so waterproofs remain a good idea. Wildlife watching becomes more common, so it’s a popular time of year and prices rise accordingly. This is the period where the annual baby naming gorilla ceremony (also known as Kwita Izina) is conducted. The annual naming ceremony for baby gorillas in Rwanda was started in 2005 and is a mixture of recognizing the country’s conservation efforts, celebrating the birth of the next generation and admiring some seriously cute newborns.

All in all, Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, but the drier period from June to September is best for spotting the country’s undoubted highlight, the mountain gorilla. The rainy seasons from March to May and June to September are the optimum times for tracking chimpanzees. Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda’s position just south of the Equator, with warm days and nights that can be cool, especially at altitude.

What items must I carry for gorilla trekking?

Boots are of great importance but it would be better if they are waterproof. Other times to carry for a perfect gorilla trekking experience include; waterproof hiking boots, 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.

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