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When should I do Gorilla Trekking?

When should I do Gorilla Trekking?

When should I do Gorilla Trekking?, The best time for you to do Gorilla Trekking depends on various factors. Including your preferences, availability, and priorities.

Here are some considerations to help you decide on when to do Gorilla Trekking;

Weather, if you prefer stable and drier weather conditions, consider visiting during the dry seasons from June to August and December to February because the forest trails are less slippery hence giving you a thrilling experience. However,  prepare for potentially higher numbers of tourists during these times.

Budget, Gorilla Trekking permits in Uganda are quite expensive, so if you’re looking to save money, consider visiting during the rainy seasons from March to May and September to November when permit prices might be lower than usual and their few tourist who book during the rainy season.

Crowds, if you prefer fewer crowds and a more organized experience with the Gorillas, consider visiting during the rainy seasons. However, keep in mind that trekking conditions may be more challenging due to muddy and slippery trails.

Availability, Gorilla Trekking permits limited and often need to be booked well in advance, especially during the peak seasons. Make sure to check the availability of permits for your preferred dates before making any arrangements.

Personal Preferences, Consider your own preferences and priorities. Are you willing to trek in potentially muddy conditions for a more budget-friendly and less crowded experience, or do you prefer to have more predictable weather and are willing to pay a premium for it?

You should also consider the Peak Season vs. Low Season

Peak season for gorilla trekking in Uganda typically aligns with the dry season, especially the months of June to August and December to February. During these months, demand for permits is high, and accommodations may be more expensive. However, the likelihood of clear skies and optimal trekking conditions makes it a popular choice for many travelers.

On the other hand, the low season, which coincides with the wet season, offers several advantages. With fewer tourists, you may have a more intimate gorilla encounter, as well as greater flexibility in securing permits and accommodations. Additionally, some lodges and tour operators offer discounted rates during this time.