When is the best time to visit the gorillas?
The best place in Uganda for gorilla trekking is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (although it is also possible in Mgaghinga Gorilla National Park). Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is not easy, it's never known exactly how long you will need to hike through the dense forest before you will find a group of gorillas, and the forest is thick and hilly. If you're caught in rains, the routes become tougher still.
The temperatures in Uganda don't change much year-round, staying between 24°C and 30°C. The most important factor to consider is the rains - there are two distinct rainy seasons from March to May and September to November.
The peak season
The peak season is from June to August and December to February. This is when conditions are most likely to be dry. The days should be clear and sunny, making trekking more enjoyable. The drier vegetation is easier to hike through, and steep slopes are a lot less slippery.
Gorilla permits for these months sell out well in advance, so you should be planning at least 12 months in advance if you're looking to travel in peak season. There are also limited accommodation options in the park, which get booked up similarly far in advance.
While these months tend to be drier, downpours are possible at any time of year due to Uganda's tropical climate.
The low season
The low season spans from March to May and September to November. The wetter conditions can make trekking more challening and uncomfortable, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict weather patterns - so you might get lucky! Showers are typically heavy downpours, intermittently throughout the day, so you can still enjoy frequent sunny spells when the sky clears.
Accommodation prices are typically lower during this quieter period and permits easier to get a hold of (although they do still need to be purchased quite far in advance).
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