When is the best time to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?
The tropical climate of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park means regular weather patterns are hard to predict, and you should expect some mist and short downpours even during the dry season.
Uganda's proximity to the equator means temperatures are generally mild and constant 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. Rain is consistent, but considerably less intense from June to August and again between December and February.
During the rainy seasons with run from March to May and then again from October to November, the forest trails can be slippery and harder to pass, there are more mosquitoes, and the misty and wet conditions may cloud some of the spectacular views. Conditions for gorilla trekking aren't great during heavy rains - but it is a popular time to go bird watching as the rains bring migratory birds to the park.
The rainy season months are considered quiet months as there are fewer travellers in the country, and so some lodges may be closed, although many remain open and offer off-season discounts. Gorilla permit prices do not change throughout the year, but you are likely to trek in smaller groups in the off-season. Regardless of when you go, gorilla permits must be booked far in advance.
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