If you have had your fill of art galleries and museums, plan a unique once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Gorilla trekking is attracting intrepid travellers from around the globe and is the perfect get-away experience for a group of friends, a corporate team building event, a family or a romantic couple.
Mountain gorillas are an endangered species – sadly fewer than 900 remain on the planet, many of whom live in the misty mountain tops of Uganda. Trekking to these stunningly beautiful landscapes is an adventure that will create memories to last a lifetime.
We have experienced local guides with hands-on knowledge of the terrain, the weather conditions, the trails and the behaviour of these amazing creatures that share 98% of their DNA with humans.
Where is Gorilla Trekking Done in Uganda and Rwanda?
In Uganda the gorillas are found in the south west regions. We will travel on safari to the breath-taking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorillas are also found in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and you can find more information in the Watalii Information Pack.
In Rwanda, we head for the awe-inspiring Parc National de Volcans in the North East. This dramatic landscape was the home of the legendary scientist and gorilla expert Dian Fossey.
When is the Best Time to Travel to Uganda or Rwanda for Gorilla Trekking?
The easiest way to decide when to travel to Uganda or Rwanda is to know about the rain! Both countries are essentially warm throughout the year but they have a distinct wet and dry season.
Dry Season/High Gorilla Season
In Uganda – January, February, June, July, August, September and December are usually dry with little or no rain. Even when it does rain, expect short showers that will cool you down and not make any trials.
These months are the high season and are considered the perfect time for trekking. Travelling in the dry/high season offers trails that are accessible. You will however find that gorilla permits are pricey since they are on high demand. The best way to secure a permit to is book in advance and make an initial deposit. The cost of a gorilla permit is 600$ for Uganda and 1,500$ for Rwanda.
High season also sees lodges, resorts and hotels booked to capacity and finding accommodation may be challenge. It is always a good idea to plan and pre-book your gorilla trekking safari tour.
In Rwanda, gorilla trekking season is best during the short dry months from mid-December to early February or over the long dry season of June to September when the trails are not boggy and easily accessed.
Rainy Season/Low Gorilla Season
March, April, May and October, November are months usually characterized by lots of rains which discourages many prospective travellers. But, as we know, weather is fickle and so it may not necessarily rain when you expect it to!
For those travelling on a budget and happy to brave the weather, low season offers many perks. You will find many budget packages where the high season permit charge of $600 is discounted to $450. Lodges and hotels also offer reduced accommodation you enjoy exclusivity because there fewer trekkers.
Despite the rain, the trek will continue! We have never lost a full day to rain – the sun shines shortly after the rain has fallen, enabling trekkers to continue with the trip – albeit slightly wet! But come ready and packed – here is all the info you need on essential gorilla packing list.
When planning your gorilla trekking experience in Uganda or Rwanda you will find these weather forecast tools to be a handy guide for your travel arrangements and plans. Remember that Uganda and Rwanda use degrees in fahrenheit as opposed to celsius.