The Best time to trek Gorillas in Rwanda and or Uganda is in the months from June – September and then December, January and February.
However, while trekking mountain gorillas is best done in the months from June – September and then December, January and February, the experience is still worth while doing can be done any time of the year in either countries where mountain gorillas are found( i.e Rwanda, Uganda& Dr.Congo). Uganda in abide to promote gorilla trekking Safaris offers you discounted gorilla tracking permits for gorilla trekking Safaris that take place in the Low season Months of; April, May & November 2016 – 2017.
In Rwanda, the first rains start coming in late February through March, April and May and so many tourists try to avoid these months for fear of getting muddy and all wet while trekking the gorillas.
However, during these months, because of the rains there’s plenty of gorilla food down slope and it’s much colder on the upper slopes. So the mountain gorillas keep on the lower slopes where they find it warmer and get food easily. So if you trek the gorillas during these months, most likely your trek won’t be a long one – many trekkers find the gorillas after 02 hours hike and by 02:oopm are back.
For Uganda although the rains there come in March, April and May. Of course these rains (not always heavy though) make it rather harder to trek the steep terrains Uganda’s Impenetrable Bwindi Forest. Even then, the rain only last like 1-2 hours every 2-3 days and the sunshine comes out.
We at Realm Africa Safaris have noticed that even in the so-called drier months, the rain will still come in by virtual of the climatic conditions in Bwindi….remember its’ a tropical rain-forest.
This seasonality of gorilla trekkers can also be attributed to the weather seasons in the visitors’ home country and the nature of their jobs. When it’s summer for example in Europe, numbers of gorilla trek visitors increase and the gorilla trekkers numbers dip when it’s winter.
However, there are other gorilla trekkers who often take advantage of the seasonal discounts on mountain gorilla trekking permits. Recently for example, the Uganda Wildlife Authority discounted the gorilla permits by 30% for non-resident foreigners. A gorilla permit in Uganda will costs US$450 for the months of April ,May & November 2016/17. The rest of time it is at US$600 . Several accommodation and lodging facilities in mountain gorilla trekking areas will also offer discounts on their rates during these same months of April, May & November 2016/17.
In a nut shell, we at Realm Africa Safaris argue out the your gorilla trekking can be done any time of the year and you will most likely get the same the same experience.Please talk to us about your intentions to book a gorilla trekking experience in April, May & Novemember 2016 – 2017.