Climate of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a tropical climate makes it difficult to predict regular weather patterns.

The park's proximity to the equator means that temperatures are very consistent throughout the year, hovering around 23°C in the day and dropping to roughly 11°C at night. Temperatures tend to be lower at higher altitudes within the park.

Rain falls throughout the year at Bwindi, and short downpours are possible even during the dry season. The park's annual rainfall ranges from 1,400 to 1,900mm, but it is generally lower during the dry seasons of June to August and December to February.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Weather

When to visit Bwindi for gorilla trekking?

Trekking conditions are more difficult during the rainy seasons which run from March to May and October to November.

The forest trails can be slippery and trickier to traverse, and mosquitoes can distract you from the trek. Cloudy weather conditions can hamper some of the views. 

Visiting during the dry seasons of June to August, and December to February will maximise your chances of getting the best conditions for wildlife viewing. However, clear skies are not guaranteed at any time of year, and showers are always possible.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Weather

Gorilla permits drop in price during the low season.

When to visit Bwindi for bird watching?

The rainy seasons of March to May and October to November are a great time to go bird watching.

Bwindi is home to around 350 species of bird, including 23 endemic species such as the blue-headed sunbird.

You have a chance of seeing migratory birds from November to April.

Bird watching at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi is home to around 350 species of bird.

Gorilla trekking off season discount

Uganda’s peak season is June to August. The higher demand for gorilla trekking permits increases their price, and you must book well in advance.

Bwindi attracts fewer visitors during the rainy seasons. Although some lodges close during the rainy seasons, others offer tempting off-season discounts. Gorilla permit prices do not change throughout the year, but the trekking experience can be more personal in the off-season due to smaller group sizes. 

For travellers who are unperturbed by rain showers and slippery trails, trekking during the rainy seasons can provide great value for money

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Weather

Adult Gorilla photographed by the habituation team.

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Bwindi Gorilla Tours

Bwindi Gorilla Tours

Most gorilla trekkers include the experience as part of a wider itinerary in Uganda, but it is possible to do standalone gorilla fly-in expeditions if you're short on time. 

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