Trekking gorillas in dry seasons
- February 29, 2016
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
No one would like to trek gorillas during rainy seasons and as such we will try to look at the advantages of trekking gorillas in dry seasons. In Uganda and Rwanda, traditional dry seasons are June, July, August, September, December, January and February. These months have been described as the best when it comes to gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Mgahinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park in Uganda and Rwanda respectively. Gorilla trekking in dry seasons has both advantages and disadvantages that are worth exploring to enable all those interested in gorilla trekking make the right decision.
Is trekking gorillas in dry seasons better?
As earlier noted gorilla trekking in dry season has several advantages due to the fact that driving to Bwindi Impenetrable National park is a bit easy compared to the nature of the roads in rainy seasons. Roads are always dry but dusty allowing easy flow of vehicles from where ever they are coming from to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. During rainy seasons, roads most especially on the southern side of Bwindi tend to be very slippery and impassable. The same applies to the road section connecting Buhoma and Ruhija regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Accessing Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in dry season is much easier compared to rainy seasons.
Another advantage of trekking gorillas in dry seasons is that the exercise is not as strenuous as it is during the rainy seasons. The ground is not slippery and as such hiking or trekking becomes a little bit easier. It should however be noted that even during dry seasons, rain is still received in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park due to the fact that it is a tropical rain forest where it rains throughout the year. The amounts however are not the same as in rainy season making it better to plan trekking gorillas in dry seasons.
Trekking gorillas in dry seasons has some disadvantages due to the fact that most services are very expensive. Gorilla permits in Uganda are sold at USD600.00 compared to USD450.00 in low or rainy seasons. Accommodation properties tend to hike their rates in the above mentioned months hence making the overall gorilla trekking in dry seasons a bit expensive.
Encounter Africa Safaris offers gorilla trekking safaris both in rainy and dry seasons and as such, do not hesitate to contact us for a tailor made safari