Mountain gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Both Uganda and Rwanda, located in the equatorial region, have two main seasons that impact the gorilla trekking experience. In this blog, Trek Africa Expeditions will focus on mountain gorilla trekking in the dry season.
The dry season in Uganda and Rwanda typically falls between December, January, February, June, July, and early August, while the rainy season occurs in April, May, November, and September. However, due to climate change, these seasons may not always be predictable and rain or drought may occur unexpectedly. Nevertheless, mountain gorilla trekking is possible all year round, and each season has its own advantages and disadvantages.
One of the key benefits of tracking mountain gorillas in the dry season in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks in Uganda, and the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is that there is less rainfall. Heavy rain can make the ground slippery and difficult to navigate, making it harder to track gorillas through the thick forest, steep hills, and challenging terrain of these national parks. Additionally, the rains can cause discomfort for trekkers, making it less enjoyable to spend time with the gorillas. Trekking during the dry season offers better conditions for tracking, making it easier to spot gorillas and enjoy the experience to the fullest.
It is important to note that there is no guarantee that it will not rain during the dry seasons in Uganda or Rwanda. The effects of global warming have drastically changed the climate of both countries and as such, travelers must be prepared for any weather conditions. In the case of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, it is a huge tropical rainforest that influences the climate and weather conditions in the forest and surrounding villages. Therefore, even during the dry season, there may be occasional rain or showers. It is recommended that travelers pack accordingly and be prepared for any weather conditions while trekking in these national parks.
To ensure that you have the best possible experience while mountain gorilla trekking, it is essential to plan ahead and prepare with the appropriate gear, regardless of the season. Proper gear can greatly enhance your comfort and enjoyment throughout the trek. For expert advice on preparing for gorilla trekking in the dry season, identifying the optimal time to see gorillas, and selecting the right gear, reach out to Trek Africa Expeditions. It is important to remember that gorilla trekking is available year-round and you should not let inclement weather deter you from scheduling your safari at a time that is convenient for you.