Best Time To Track Gorillas
The gorilla trekking encounter is possible all year round in the destinations where they are found. These include; Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
Sometimes, travelers prefer the drier months of June to September and December to February compared to the other months as a result of rain that always characterize those months.
In Rwanda, the rain season commences towards the end of February and run through March, April and May.
Rwanda safari undertakers tend to avoid these months as trekking experience becomes too muddy and cold.
However, it should be noted that as a result of these rains, gorilla food is in abundance on lower slopes where they prefer to keep also benefiting from its relative warm temperatures compared to the cold conditions in the upper slopes.
This in turn makes trekking experience about two (2) hour hike and mostly it does not exceed 2Pm.
In Uganda, there are two rain seasons one stretching from late March through April and May and another one in October and November.
It can be admitted that during rainy seasons, gorilla trekking is challenging as it is hard to hike slippery slopes however it can still be possible and with the case of tropical Africa regardless of rain the sun still appears every day for some good hours.
The varying gorilla trekking seasons also tend to be influenced by the weather conditions of the generating regions.
For example, in Europe during summer gorilla trekkers increase and the number reduces during winter.
In a bid to neutralize this seasonality effect, destinations like Uganda offer discounted gorilla tracking rates to assist people who endure such conditions to save and travel at a low a cost.
Gorilla permits in Uganda in the months of April, May and November are discounted compared to other months.
Idealistically, the best gorilla trekking period is during the dry months of June, July August, September, October, December, January and February when the soils are firm, temperatures are very warm and the forests are clear. However, the gorilla trekking encounter can be done all the year round.
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