Gorilla Trekking From January To December In Uganda

Gorilla trekking from January to December in Uganda

Gorilla trekking from January to December in Uganda : In Uganda, gorilla trekking can be done throughout the entire year that is from January to December. Uganda is home to almost half of the worlds remaining gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park hence making it the key activity in the country asides game drives, birding, chimpanzee trekking, cultural encounter among others. Travelers from all over the world come to the pearl of Africa majorly to encounter these fascinating human cousins closer in their natural environment. Therefore, it is rare for travelers to come in Uganda and go back without experiencing the charming endangered Mountain gorillas.

Here below we present you reliable and outstanding information about gorilla trekking in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December;

It is important to note that Gorilla trekking in Uganda is best done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the four sectors such as Ruhija, Nkuringo, Buhoma and Rushaga besides Mgahinga Forest National Park that has only on gorilla family. All the four sectors in Bwindi give an awesome adventure that is unforgettable.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is best done in the dry season in months of December to February and June, July and august when tourism is at its highest peak therefore massive numbers of people travel to the country for this great experience. This vividly means that gorilla permits get sold out easily therefore you are advised to book yours six months before coming for proper and nice bookings like accommodation for best rooms, secure gorilla permits among others. It is important to note that during this season, there are un negotiable accommodation, tour guide fees the parks are congested among others.

March to May and October to November the rains are a bit heavy and makes gorilla trekking uncomfortable though very possible because the sun comes out any time. The wet season is very favorable to budget travelers because rates are very low in accommodation, tour guide fees, gorilla permits. There is less congestion in different parks so you enjoy the jungle freely and it is little competition.

Gorilla trekking in January

January is among the dry seasons in Uganda therefore making it one of the favorable months for enjoying gorilla trekking. It has an average of 17c to 24c (63-75f). Expect very little or no rainfall in this particular month, this means the tourism industry is at its highest peak and we advise you to book your gorilla permit earlier like 6 months before travelling in her motherland. This helps you to secure the activity since the permits in this month get over easily due to various travelers that are interested in it. The gorilla permit in Uganda is $700 which differs from that of Rwanda at $1500.

Gorilla trekking is majorly done in two parks such as Mgahinga Forest National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Altogether Uganda has over 21 gorilla families including the habituated ones and Bwindi Forest National Park is home to almost half of the worlds remaining gorillas versus Mgahinga National Park that has only one gorilla family therefore most travelers prefer Bwindi. This activity is really tiresome because of maneuvering through the forest, over moving but quite rewarding. After locating a gorilla family, spend an hour with them though keep a distance of 2 meters away because they are prone to human diseases, if incase you have flu, please you are advised to put on a mask. Watch them play and feed as the alpha males lead the family. when coming for gorilla trekking, do not forget to pack boots, long sleeved shirts, long strong trousers, camera, stockings a raincoat just in case it threatens to rain. When from the lodge you are advised to carry lunch and 2 liters of drinking water.

Gorilla trekking in February

Just like January, February too is relatively hot meaning it is a dry and dusty month that gorilla trekking can as well be done without any worries. However, other activities such as bird watching are unfavorable in this month because they are few. It should be noted that however much this month is dry you are advised to pack a raincoat because on some day it can rain heavily since these mountain gorillas live in the tropical rain forests

Gorilla trekking in March

Now this month marks the beginning of wet season in the pearl of Africa. Most travelers actually think that it is not an ideal time to go gorilla trekking but I should say that it is a wonderful period though in the southern region where the mastermind of the activity is it rains more due to the availability of tropical rainforests in the part especially in this month, April, May, October and November when it rains heavily. It should be noted that rain does not fall the whole day therefore you can go ahead with trekking and chances of finding the gorillas is always 99%. What makes it different from the hot months is that it favors much the budget travelers because lodges give discounts and there is no congestion in the parks.

Gorilla trekking in April

April is a bit different from other months because we do not categorize it as either dry or wet month. Rains in this month shower fairly as well as the sun on almost every day of April therefore it is ideal for gorilla trekking.

Still to note, during this month, tourism in the country is at its low peak therefore you are able to acquire low rates ranging from food, accommodation, guide fees, tour operator fees, flight fares to mention but a few. Having a gorilla trekking safari in April helps you to save some good money. Trekking in this month is more than easy because gorillas are readily available hence there is no spending a lot of time trekking long trails to find them. More interestingly, parks are so free no congestion that cause irritations and frustrations.

Gorilla trekking in May.

There is no big gap between April and May though rains in may are slightly heavier.

Gorilla trekking in June

Probably June is among the drier months in the year even in the south where gorilla trekking is done. However, in the northern part of Uganda, it is rainy throughout though it is crucial to note that however much it is a dry month elsewhere, the rain can pour anytime in the south because the amazing endangered gorillas live in the tropical rainforests. When packing for the activity in this month, do not hesitate to put a raincoat for emergency. The rain does not take over the whole day especially in this particular month, it usually falls for at most an hour, sun comes out and you continue with the trekking experience. By and lounge, June is a great month to do gorilla trekking.

Gorilla trekking in July

With no much difference, July is another dry month suitable for gorilla trekking. The weather is quite good and favorable. The roads are dry, rain interruptions are rare hence making it easy to carry out the activity. You should not forget that this is a peak season of tourism in Uganda and gorilla permits get sold out quickly therefore you are advised to book earlier prior to the date of your travel.

Gorilla trekking in August

The month august falls in the drier months of the year which means it is the best time to track the gorillas. Do not expect any inconveniences especially heavy rains however since Bwindi is a tropical rain forest, expect just little showers in this particular month that may not even wet the ground. Hiking trails in the forest are usually dry, no mad and the way is not slippery so enjoy your wonderful trek without any worry

Bookings in August

It should be noted that since august is a great month to do gorilla trekking on Uganda, the gorilla permits are always on high demand and competitive by different travelers. You are advised to book your gorilla permit 6 months before your travel which helps in proper arrangements especially in terms of accommodation.  On your Uganda safari as you are going to to do gorilla trekking, remember you are supposed to stay in the lodge that is within the sector where you are supposed to trek from therefore late bookings cause a lot of inconveniences because you may end up coming from a different lodge hence distracting your trek due to reaching late 

Cost of gorilla safaris in August

In actual sense cost of gorilla safaris in august probably means the gorilla permit. Without a gorilla permit you cannot see the gorillas however much you may have b booked the accommodation and the transportation services. Interestingly, prices off gorilla permits are of the same prices throughout the year that is from January to December. For foreign nonresidents, a gorilla permit is $700, foreign residents, $600 and east African citizens, UGX 250,000 that is Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda. In Congo, a trekking permits each person per trek is $400 while in Rwanda a gorilla permit is $1500 per person each trek.

How you get to know that your gorilla permit in August has been booked

As soon as your money for august gorilla permit is paid at the Uganda wildlife offices, the receipt is issued having your originality and names as well including the park where you are to do gorilla trekking from. Thereafter, your receipt is scanned as well as the gorilla trekking permit and sent to you in soft copy. The agreed dates for gorilla trekking are also included on your receipt. Upon reaching the country, your documents are handed over to you in hard copy and you are good to go for gorilla trekking.

What to pack for your gorilla trekking safari in August

Particularly, the month is characterized by heat but since gorillas stay in the tropical rainforests, you are advised to bring with you a rain coat for emergency. Other items to pack include;

  • Hiking boots
  • A pair of garden gloves
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • A cape or hat
  • Camera
  • Pair of long stockings
  • Long trousers.

Gorilla trekking in September

Gorilla trekking in September is quite challenging because the month marks the end of dry season therefore expect some inconveniences like some heavy rains, muddy and slippery ground coldness among others. however, all those challenges do not mean you can not have a marvelous gorilla safari in the pearl of Africa in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga national park. Its important to note that it does not rain the whole day however much it is a rainy month, it can rain for like 2 hours and the sun comes out then you are good to go.

Booking a gorilla permit in September

Are you planning a gorilla safari to Uganda in the month of September, well we advise you to still book earlier like 6 months before the day of your travel. Booking earlier before is of a great advantage because it helps you secure your gorilla trekking permit and it happens sometimes that u may choose a date where gorilla permits are not available so it becomes easy for you to reschedule the program which is not the case if at all you do late bookings. Still in the same accord, if you book early enough, you are secure in terms of accommodation for example you are secured of a lodge within the sector u are going to do gorilla trekking from hence avoiding late coming and related issues.

Prices of gorilla trekking permits in September

As it is in other months, the prices of gorilla trekking permits remain the same such as $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX250,000 for east African citizens. Delight in a superb gorilla safari in Uganda as you are sent a soft copy of your payment receipts first before coming and when u come, they are given to you in hard copy because you cannot do the activity without the gorilla permit.

What to pack for your gorilla safari in September

As noted earlier, September is a rainy month and you are supposed to be so keen with what you are packing to enjoy your gorilla trekking safari in September. Below are the things you should pack for you gorilla safari in September;

  • Hiking boots
  • A strong rain coat
  • A pair of garden gloves
  • Hut or cape
  • Long sleeved shirt and trouser
  • A pair of long stockings
  • A camera

Other activities you can do in September apart from gorilla trekking

Since September marks the beginning of wet season, expect various wildlife mostly in the savannah parks of Uganda. This happens because animals do not move so much due to high concentration of waters and food in the parks. You can therefore add together your September gorilla safari with wildlife safari in different parks of Uganda especially Queen Elizabeth National Park known for highest number of wildlife and the most visited in Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park popular for vey unique animal species among others. other activities include boat cruise, game drives and many more. For bird lovers, September is an ideal month because it is the time when plants are flowering and pollination is taking place hence bird watching in Uganda is very convenient in the wet months.

Gorilla trekking in October

The month of October also lies in the wet season characterized by some rainfall but it does not spend a full day raining therefore you can continue with the activity. In October, the vegetation is greener and more eye catching hence favoring birders too and photographers who would love to take photos of green terrains, landscapes, hills, forests among others. Most travelers do not want to do gorilla trekking in the month of October because of much rains and related disturbances however Uganda at large is very changing especially in terms of climate. When you expect it to rain sometimes it doesn’t at all while other times when it doesn’t look like it may rain it rains heavily. This is to show that gorilla trekking is possible in wet months too.

Advantages of gorilla safaris in October

In October, discounts are very easy to get in accommodation, transport in every lodge because they are all eager to receive travelers since it is when tourism is at a low peak. For budget travelers, this is a very big opportunity because you save a lot of money compared to one who wants in the dry months.

In the month of October, parks are less congested, there’s enough space and you get to enjoy your safari freely. This is of a great advantage to travelers who do not like at all congestion especially the corporates. There’s no competition in terms of accommodation which a worry to many.

Booking a gorilla safari in October

However much October is very relaxed, you still need to book in advance like atleast 4-6 months before the date of your travel, it is like this because you may choose a day when gorilla permits are not available and if you booked earlier it is very easy for you to reschedule the day which is not the case if you booked late. Booking early in October for gorilla trekking helps you secure the best accommodation and the best sector in Bwindi forest National Park and that is Buhoma trekking sector yearned for most traveler’s allover. Therefore, early booking are advised to all travelers due to many advantages attached to it as the saying goes “the earlier the better.”

Gorilla trekking in November

Gorilla trekking in November is very possible though it is as well a wet month. Discounted offers in transport, accommodation among others are readily available for our November traveler. Do not miss out that opportunity otherwise in the months of January, February, June, July and December this chance is not available due to high competition in accommodation, transport to mention but a few. The uniqueness about november is it is towards the end of year many people are traveling to Uganda for holidays and gorilla trekking. Therefore, this would be a super month for you too to travel and delight in the Pearl of Africa especially for the budget travelers who would love to enjoy gorilla trekking and those who do not like congestion at Uganda’s parks.

Why do gorilla trekking in November?

No matter the slippery, muddy, wet and dripping forest, you incredibly enjoy gorilla trekking in November. Doing the trekking in November is really fascinating as you encounter the mountain gorillas in their natural environment. tracking gorillas in the month of november is quite easy beyond your expectation, this is due to the availability of food in plenty so the mountain gorillas always stay in hence making it a walk over to find them which is not the case in the dry months.

What to pack for gorilla trekking in november

Below are the items to pack for your gorilla safari in november’

  • A strong comfortable rain coat
  • Hiking boots
  • A pair of garden gloves
  • Long hard trousers
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Insect repellent
  • A camera

Gorilla trekking in December

Gorilla trekking is the best experience one can ever get in life. It is end of the year and probably a dry season. Various people always prefer traveling to Uganda in December especially for gorilla trekking. Therefore, this is a peak season for tourism in Uganda, the parks are dry, rain interruptions are rare nature trails are easy to hike and so on. Importantly, mountain gorillas live in tropical rainforests therefore it can rain any time any day though it is always little as compared to the wet season. There is a high competition in accommodation and transport.

Booking a gorilla safari in December

December is among the dry months of the year when hiking trails is very easy, the ground is dry and favorable for the activity. However, this calls for early booking like 6 months prior to the day of your travel to secure a wonderful lodge within your trekking sector and avoid challenges while on your gorilla safari in Uganda. Discounts in this month are not available due to high competition, the parks are as well congested because of various travelers. In this, you are requested to book a gorilla safari earlier to avoid problems of late bookings like missing out the best trekking sector every one likes (Buhoma trekking sector).

Prices of gorilla permits in December

Well prices of a gorilla permit in December remain the same as other months of the year for example; $700 for foreign nonresidents, UGX250,00 for east African citizens (Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Kenya and Burundi) $600 for foreign residents in Uganda. After paying your gorilla permit money, it is taken straight to the wildlife authority who issue out the receipts to the company you have entrusted with a booking. The company scans your receipts and sends them in soft copy and on reaching the airport, you are given the gorilla permit and receipts to enjoy the trekking on the suggested day. You can not do gorilla trekking without the permit and it is used for only one day. 

With the above gorilla trekking information, contact the travel experts team at Jeisking Tours Ltd for a tailor made gorilla safari in Uganda on info@gorillaugandasafaribookings.com or call us directly on +256-775630809 or +256-701343598  to speak directly to our reservations team

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