When is the best time to see gorillas

What’s The Best Time To Trek Gorillas?

Are you wondering when is the best time to see mountain gorillas? Well, the endangered gorillas can be visited all year round. Travelers intending to trek mountain gorillas have continuously asked the best time to trek gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is quite a difficult question to answer since the best time to trek gorillas depends on the traveler’s choice and interests. One traveler may see the dry season as the best time while the other one looks at the low season as his/her best time. However, depending on comparisons of various past travelers’ reviews, African Apes Holidays offers you a guide on how to choose when is the best time to trek gorillas. There are 2 gorilla trekking seasons, which vary in different ways. Each season has its own advantages and disadvantages. Travelers are reminded to study and understand the differences in each season before choosing when to visit mountain gorillas.

High season

Most travelers have ranked the high season between the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February as the best time to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. During this season, rainfalls are less and forest grounds less slippery which eases hikes to meet gorillas. Also, the dry season is normally sunny which makes gorilla photography and filming colorful. However, gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly during the dry season due to high demand. This denies last time travelers a chance to trek gorillas since no one can trek gorillas with no permit. Travelers intending to trek mountain gorillas during the dry season are therefore advised to book permits as early as 6 months in advance to avoid last-minute disappointments.

Low season

Best time to trek gorillas

Gorilla trekkers crossing a stream

This season is during the months of October, November, March, April, and May. Low season is also known as a wet season is usually rainy with everyday rains. Gorilla trekking during this season is normally challenging given the slippery and muddy forest grounds, especially in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Visits are generally few in the low season as hence gorilla permits very much available even for those who want to book last-minute gorilla tours. Despite it being the rainy season, there is no single day that travelers have ever failed to see gorillas because of rain. It’s so magical how sunsets in immediately after rains enabling travelers to continue with their gorilla treks. Also in this season, service providers especially hotels, lodges and tour companies give discounts to encourage more visitor numbers. Therefore low season gives travelers discounted gorilla tours much cheaper compared o high season. The few visits in this season give travelers an up-close encounter with the endangered species with no crowds. This gives them ample space for photos and film unlike in high season where there are crowds of visiting trekking gorillas. The green sceneries of the neighboring areas adjacent to gorilla national parks make photography wonderful.

When to book for a gorilla safari

Best time to trek gorillas

Sunny day in Bwindi Forest

Having known the differences in seasons, you ought to choose which season you want to visit gorillas. Whichever season you choose to visit gorillas, endeavor to book as early as 6 months before the trekking date. Early gorilla booking gives travel operators ample time to tailor-make for you a suitable gorilla safari package. It also enables travel operators to timely book and reserve hotel rooms in the respective sector if you are trekking gorillas in Bwindi Forest National park where permits are distributed between Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo, and Ruhija gorilla sectors. Your hotel/lodge/camp should b near the park headquarters /briefing point to avoid long drives in the morning.

How to Book a gorilla safari

For those interested in booking a gorilla tour to Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla Safaris in Africa is at your service. We tailor-make for you a suitable gorilla tour itinerary to fit your budget, time and travel interests. Contact us today, tell us your interests and we shall offer you the best at affordable rates.

Conclusively, gorilla trekking can be done throughout the year. Book to trek gorillas in the low season for colorful photography and in the low season for discounted rates with African Apes Holidays. Gorilla safaris remain the best wildlife in the world worth doing.

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