When to Go Gorilla Tracking
Mountain gorillas are less than 900 living in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park Uganda and the virunga conservation area which includes 3 national parks namely volcanoes national park Rwanda, Mgahinga gorilla national park Uganda and virunga national park DR Congo. Gorillas are critically endangered species. Activities that allow tourists to see gorillas include gorilla tracking and gorilla habituation experience. This helps to raise funds for their conservation but also gives visitors a once in a lifetime wildlife experience. So when is the best time to go for gorilla trekking?
Well, all year is fine for gorilla trekking though we would recommend the dry season the months of January, December to February and June to September. These months are really perfect for gorilla trekking, mostly weather is warm, there is less rainfall, the trails in the rainforests are dry making it easier to for those trekking on foot through the forests searching for gorillas.
However the dry months mentioned above are busy, so tourists must book their gorilla permits 3 months in advance depending on the itinerary. Getting the best choice of accommodation will also be tricky because it is a peak season. So plan your itinerary ahead of time.
April to May and October to November is a rainy season though not very best for gorilla trekking since rainforest ground is wet, trails are slipper and hiking steep slopes can be difficult especially in virunga and Bwindi rainforests.
However that does not affect gorilla trekking can still be done during the rainy season there are some advantages too and tourists are guaranteed the same experience. It’s a low season, parks like Bwindi are not too busy so you will it will be easier to get first choice of accommodation even at last minute booking is possible. Due to rainfall, vegetation is green best for birding safari and photography of landscapes.
Generally any time of the year you can track gorillas and transportation should be by 4WD vehicles and pack appropriately.