Best Time for Gorilla Trekking

Many travelers always ask about the best time to go gorilla trekking. Whether you are planning to go gorilla tracking in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo, here is all the information you need to know about the times to see gorillas in Africa.

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Best Time to Track Gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans and the Chimpanzees of Nyungwe Forest…

Rwanda is a renowned destination offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Africa. Whether it be gorilla tracking or adventuring through the dramatic Virunga volcanoes, Rwanda offers an amazing experience. Rwanda is an all year round destination and can be visited any time of the year. Here are some practical information that will help you plan a perfect adventure safari in Rwanda.

Climate

Because of its high altitude, Rwanda has a pleasant tropical highland climate, with a daily temperature range as great as 14°C (25°F). Temperature may vary considerably from region to region because of the variations in altitude. The average daytime temperature is about 30°C except in the highlands where it is much cooler. There are four seasons; long rains from mid March to mid May, short rains from mid-October to November; long dry period from mid-May to mid-October and short dry season from December to mid-March. The north-east has more rainfall than other parts of the country. It is still perfectly possible to travel during the rains, indeed the scenery can be stunning and the flora lush and it can be ideal for photography of both the gorillas and the scenery.

There is no “best time to visit Rwanda”, as each season has its merits.

Planning for Game Viewing?

In the Volcanoes area of Rwanda you can expect to find bamboo specialists such as golden monkeys and mountain gorilla as well as habitat tolerant species such as buffalo and elephant. The best time for sighting animals is during the dry season between mid December to March and mid May to mid October although it is easy to track and see them year round.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Uganda is a stunningly rich and fertile country offering extensive savannah plains and dense rainforest as well as big cats and mountain gorillas. It is a great place to visit year round but the wettest months of April, May and October, November, may make some plans slightly trickier.

Climate

Because it lies on the equator, Uganda has a warm climate all year round and seasonal variations are insignificant. The average temperature is 21.5 °C (71 °F) with the highest temperatures reached in January, February, March and the lowest in July, August and September.
The rainfall pattern is the main consideration when visiting Uganda with the wettest months being April, May and October, November. Camping and travelling on some roads may be difficult during these months.

Wildlife

Officially there are 342 mammal species in Uganda including its large primates such as apes and gorillas.
Primates: The best time to visit Uganda for sighting large primates is during the dry season between December to March and June to September, however gorilla tracking safaris are possible year round and the rains enrich the beauty of the rainforest. Gorilla Tracking is a year round possibility.