Half of the world’s mountain gorillas live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, making it the best place to go gorilla trekking. Uganda is also the only country where you can take part in the gorilla habituation experience where you can watch gorillas being habituated to human presence.
The best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda is during the dry seasons, which are from December to February and from June to September. During these months, the weather is cooler and the trails are less muddy, making it easier to trek.
This enthusiastic experience begins with briefing at the park headquarters about the do’s and don’ts while you are on the trail and the moment you meet the primates, its indeed a life time experience passing through thick vegetation’s in the forest until you get up close with the gorillas. Keep your voices low, avoid littering in the forest, and maintain a distance of 7 meters from the gorillas.
Once you meet the gorilla family you’re trekking, you can spend one hour with them taking pictures, but don’t use flash photography. Ask your guide plenty of questions, and don’t be afraid to make eye contact with the gorillas. It’s a fascinating experience to wonder what each other is thinking in this free and non-violent encounter. After your hour with the gorillas, return to the headquarters to receive a certificate for participating in the exploration.
Every traveler in Africa, would love to get the best experience from his/her gorilla trekking in east Africa.
During the wet season, gorilla trekking offers specific advantages, particularly for travelers who prefer shorter hikes. This is because gorillas tend to descend slopes, making them easier to track.
Furthermore there is great availability for gorilla permits on gorilla trekking in rainy season, this is because the area is less visited thus chances of trekking a gorilla family of your choice is high than in high season even at a short notice while booking for the experience.
There is as well high chances of interaction between the visitor and the ranger guide during gorilla trekking in rainy season since chances of trekking gorillas in few numbers which is less than the recommend number of eight per gorilla family per trek.
April to May and October to November is a rainy season though regarded as the best time for photography since the sky is clear.
Since this season anticipates fewer visitors, accessing accommodation areas is easier, with ample availability and less congestion in all trekking sectors within the tracking location.
In Uganda the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) issues out a limited number of gorilla permits totaling to 160 permits per day. Most travelers book gorilla tours and Uganda wildlife safari packages, as well as gorilla permits, for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, where gorilla trekking is conducted. This preference is due to the perceived unreliability of the Mgahinga mountain gorillas.
Instantly reserve your gorilla permits for as low as $1500 per person in Rwanda and $700 per person in Uganda. If you trek gorillas in Uganda instead of Rwanda you will be saving $800 on each permit.
If you choose to track during this season, ensure that you equip yourself with the necessary gear and have something to protect your camera. Book a safari with us at Safari Vacations & Travel Services for the best offers, whether it’s the dry or wet season, as long as you have the right gear for your planned safari duration.