Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda; Uganda is among the top visited safari destination worldwide and to any tourists planning to travel, this wouldn’t be a problem to you. Because the country has a conducive climate and located to the equator. Lake Victoria and its unique weather also makes as other factors to Uganda any time you feel want.

However, Uganda has two rainy seasons; the short season which starts from October to November and the long rainy season starts from Mid-march to the end of May.

Therefore, the best time of the year you should go for Gorilla trekking in Uganda is June, July, August and September. You can still make it in January and February respectively.

Uganda’s average temperature is at 21.5 degrees Celsius and 71 F, these usually drops at night time to around 54 F which affects the altitude. The annual rainfall in Uganda ranges between 1000-2000millimeter.However, throughout the year Uganda ‘s skies can be clear thus providing the most remarkable safari vacations. Such climate changes have brought about changes in weather pattern thus making it harder to predict the best time of the year to have tourism.

  The best months to go for tourism or Gorilla trekking on Uganda safari, most of tourists choose to visit from May to September to February since the amount of rainfall can be less. But in most destination it can be sunny. In all the 12 months of the years, December acts as the busiest months of the year in most of the protected safari destination, since we can be in a season of vacations and for this matter we advise our clients to book your gorilla trekking permits in advance as well as the accommodation to avoid disappointments.

Best Time to Go for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest

During December which is a Christmas season, most Ugandans usually plan for domestic vacations to national parks, together with the foreigners. So December is always a peak season meaning the most visited month.

You can choose to visit in low season since accommodation rates can be affordable, so we encourage many tourists to travel even though it’s a rainy season. Visiting in this low season it means you will enjoy the jungle with relatively few people because the park can be out of crowds. Furthermore, February and September are also said to be good months for a safari in Uganda since there are less tourists and accommodations facilities are not fully booked as such in peak season.

Rainy Season

The rainy season in Uganda usually affects people’s travels, business but this doesn’t mean that we should travel, it might in the morning and in the afternoon the sun come out, work goes on or safari activities can be carried out without disturbance. Meaning, mountain gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking goes on even during the rainy season and safari destination can be fully in operation.

During the low season of March to May and October November, numbery of the lodge reduce their rates to attract more visitors to book with them and this is a big advantage since even the gorilla permits can be on discount or reduced to attract more tourist to Uganda.

More facts about Uganda, Uganda has got a raised topography which means its climate is cool. Although one planning visit gorillas it’s really important to first notice the easiest trekking conditions despite the low rates in the low season. Meaning the best time to come for gorilla trekking is during the two dry seasons of January and February and from June to September.

About game viewing in all the national parks is perfect and rewarding in the dry season; Starts from February and March and September and October. This is because the wildlife species can be easily seen around water bodies quenching for thirst within those parks. Birdwatching as an activity is best is the months of November and April when the migrant birds are present in the country but birding can also be done all year round. Travelers are however advisable to avoid taking vacations during heavy rain months of April and May in order to enjoy their vacations in Uganda with no worry.

Best Time to Go for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Bird Watching in Queen Elizabeth Park

High season months; June to September and December to February

Low season months; March to May and October to November

What is the best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda?

The best time to go for gorilla trekking in both safari destinations is due to certain seasons experienced by the national parks in which these gorillas stay. And majority of tourists prefer visiting gorilla trekking destination starting from June to September and from December up to February.

Although in Uganda, rains begin in March to May but it cannot be heavy to challenge the trek in dense forest. During that period the rain falls for just one to two hours and it may take about 3 days of the week and for the rest the sun goes out. However, even in the dry months of Uganda, little rain can fall but doesn’t damage people work.

Those tourists who usually visits the park in low seasons have advantage of receiving seasonal discount offered on the gorilla trekking –tracking permits and many lodges in the areas where gorillas are found as well with offer discounts in these months.

In Rwanda, the initial rains tend to fall at the end of February, March, April and May, for that reason most of tourists do not visit the park because it can be muddy and tracking trails slippery.

When you choose to trek gorillas in wet season, it won’t long to find the mountain gorillas meaning you will spend few hours in the jungle.

No matter what season of the year you visit the park, the experience of Gorilla trekking can be done throughout the year and assure you will greatly enjoy this incredible experience on African continent.

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