WHEN TO VISIT UGANDA FOR GORILLA TREKKING
Are you planning to visit Uganda for mountain gorilla trekking and you are wondering when to visit? While most travelers these questions have been raised by many, little attention has been paid or even they have not got satisfactory responses. Uganda is famous as one of the best gorilla safari destination and for any intending traveler; count it a must to visit! Firstly, Uganda is strategically situated at the Equator-the most interesting factor which ranks this country a travel destination all year round. Besides, it features Lake Victoria the largest fresh water body in East Africa that also plays a significant role in the modification of weather and climatic conditions. Uganda therefore features 2 major wet seasons, first the short season which begins from October to November and the longest which begins from Mid March to May. Day temperatures range between 21.5 degrees Celsius and usually drop at night. Rainfall amount ranges between 1000 to 2000 mm each year. However, all year round, Uganda’s skies tend to be clear that most safaris are favored. The climatic changes are due to changes in weather patterns thus making it very challenging for one to predict the seasons.
However, majority of the visitors flock into Uganda for gorilla trekking safaris especially during the dry season which starts from June to September and from December to February. Most visitors choose this period due to minimal amount of rainfall that is received and in most cases, the ground is dry making it easier for visitors to hike through the steep slopes and the thick jungles as they look out for a gorilla family. December features one of the busiest months throughout the year across Uganda’s national parks and for intending visitors, you are encouraged to book for your accommodation and permit in advance. The dry season is normally the peak season and large numbers of visitors flock into the country for this lifetime adventure and permits go at a usual price of $600 per visitor.
While the wet season usually affects traveler’s holidays it doesn’t mean that they don’t travel absolutely as it comes with both rain and sunshine. Usually, it can rain and after a short while the sun can come out and the treks can still continue with no disturbance. Besides, most safari lodges around gorilla parks also reduce the cost of accommodation during the wet season as away of attracting visitors to book with them given that the wet season is normally considered a low season.
As well, seasonality of the visitors can also be attributed to the general weather back home where during summer time in Europe most of the gorilla travelers tend to increase and during winter, it reduces.
In conclusion, when it comes to gorilla trekking, it is advisable that you first understand the seasonality of the area before setting off for your actual trek. However, the dry season is the best time that you should consider if you are travel for this lifetime experience.