When is it the Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Posted by on August 14, 2019

When is The Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

Best Time of year for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Mgahinga Gorilla Park


When is The Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda? When is it best to visit Bwindi  Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park? Questions often asked of us by those wanting to trek Gorillas in Uganda.

The busiest and Best Times of the Year are Mid-June through early October and Mid- December through March. The Best Months of the Year for Gorilla Tracking are during the Dry-Seasons of the year, also called the High-Seasons or Peak Seasons.

You can, however, track Mountain Gorillas all year-long in Uganda – There are no seasonal closures when it comes to Gorilla Trekking.

Gorilla Trekking takes place in the Rainforest in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and on the sides of Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. It can rain at any time there. However, it rains at night and in the early hours of the day.  The sun comes out almost every day in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda. 

 For many, the Best Time of the Year for others are the two Off-Seasons, the Rainy Seasons when there are fewer people and lower prices on upmarket lodges.

For many, the Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Tracking in Uganda is during the Rainy Season, which is from April to May and November to Mid-December.  There are fewer Tourists, meaning more permits that are available and upmarket and luxury Lodges are discounted – the dates vary lodge by lodge.

The term Rainy Season is not as dreadful for many as it may sound – the temperatures are milder, the parks are even greener, wildlife often more abundant and the Gentle Giants of the Forest, the Mountain Gorillas, are used to a bit of rain.


 Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda – Gorilla Tracking in Uganda can be done all year long.  Both in Uganda and Rwanda you are in montane Rainforests – that applies to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda.

People ask when is the Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda  – the answer is simple – all-year long.

Even when you think it is the dry season, you can have the night or morning rains – that is why we tell our clients to bring a rain jacket or poncho and waterproof boots.

If you are looking for Gorillas beyond the crowds, then it is during the low seasons of the year

Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda – Rwanda – The Peak Seasons for Gorilla Tracking, considered the best months for Gorilla Tracking in Uganda are June-July-August and September and then December- January-February.

The  Uganda rainy seasons begins in March lasts through May – and then again October through November. What might surprise you is that it often becomes easier track Mountain Gorillas since they, especially in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda move to lower elevations since there is plenty food to be found during the rainy season and Gorilla Treks have a tendency to be shorter in regards to time spent tracking them.

During the rainy season, one must note that it does not rain all day long, rain often comes at night or during the early morning hours.  You always need the right equipment for a Gorilla Trek and especially during the rainy season.


Gorilla Trekking Gear and Wear:

 Gorilla Wear:  We suggest a day pack, packed lunch from the lodge, two liters of water, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, boots, thick socks, and sturdy gardening gloves.  All this is not to make a fashion statement but for your protection against nettles, thorns, brush.

Tuck your trousers into the socks for extra protection against fire ants and exposed skin from touching nettles that abound here.

We suggest using a porter. One is needed for two people.  The porter is an added plus since they assist you on the at times challenging trek. This is especially true if it rains.

You will need a walking stick which our driver-guide will obtain and can be obtained from the lodge you are staying at. This will steady you on the Trail. That is especially true if it rains.

Know all about Gorillas before you go. It will make your trek more enjoyable, rain, or shine.


Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Permit Availability:

One can talk about when the weather is favorable, but when is it the best of time of the year for Gorilla Permit availability in Uganda.  If you are looking for a Gorilla Trekking Safari this March in July or August, you will have a tough time. If you are, however looking for that same Safari in April, May, October or November, there would be no problem.

You can do a Gorilla Safari and have the elusive Gorilla Habituation Permits during those same months.

Yes, the months are during the Rainy Seasons of the year in Uganda, the reality it can rain every day in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, after all, it is a Rainforest.

Gorilla Trekking takes place 365 days of the year, rain or shine.  The best time for Gorilla Permits is during the off-season months.


Best Time of the Year for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda – The reality is that a Gorilla Trek is never canceled 


Current Weather and Forecast for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park

The Weather for both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga is unlike what is found in much of Subsaharan Africa. You are not trekking in a steamy jungle.  The temperature during the day rarely exceeds 26 degrees Celsius during the day and drops down to 12 degrees Celsius or lower at night depending on the elevation.  You are in what is called the Switzerland of Africa. The weather usually is right for Gorilla Trekking and hiking.

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