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When To Visit Gorillas

Best time to Visit Rwanda for Gorilla Trekking Safaris

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The best time to visit Rwanda is during the dry season. Overall Rwanda has a good whether throughout the year but the dry season is more preferable. The weather is generally good in addition wildlife viewing is also more common during this time. For tourists interested in visiting gorillas – this is also the best time for gorilla tours since there is a minimal chance of rain during the trek and a good hiking terrain in the rainforest. We still suggest your waterproof clothing even during these drier months, as this Equatorial climate is very unpredictable. This period is also a peak season; hence the prices can be higher on things like accommodation, car hire etc.

On the other hand, some travelers especially those on budget like visiting in the wet season. During this season, hotels have low occupancy an hence give travelers discounted food and sleeping services which is an added advantage. Also, there is low demand for gorilla permits which guarantee visitors a chance to see these endangered species with no competition.

What Else You Have To Know When Planning a Gorilla Trek Safari?
  • Gorilla Trekking PermitsThese should be secured several months before your safari begins
  • Consider the SeasonThe best time to travel to Rwanda is during the dry seasons of the year
  • How many Hours of TrekkingYou have 8 hours of activity and at least 1 hour of a close encounter
  • Why Gorilla Trekking in RwandaThe mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and Viruga National park are always in plenty
  • Experience of Trek GuidesYou need a good guide who is experienced and able to respond to any of your questions with ease.
  • Trekking Rule & RegulationsMost of the precautions are said during pre-briefing in the morning of your Gorilla Tracking day
1 Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda
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When Is Best Season to Trek Gorillas in Rwanda

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Rwanda is in the tropical region and experiences only two weather seasons, the dry season and the rainy season. The rainy seasons are two, the first one runs from May to June while the other one runs from November to December.  The remaining months are dry though the current variations in weather patterns make it difficult to forecast the seasons. Since gorilla trekking can be done all year round, discover practical information about these seasons so that you can choose the best time to visit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

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1. Best Time to Visit Gorillas during High Season

The best time to travel to Rwanda is during the drier seasons, periods between December to early March and June to September. December to March is a long dry season for Rwanda, with temperatures going up to 29 degrees Celsius for some days while the months of March – Mid May, July to September, on the other hand, are regarded as the rainy in the country.

Giant Gorilla in Rwanda Volcanoes
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2. Gorilla Trekking during Low season

Also Known as Rainy seasons: (April to May and September to November)

The low season for gorilla trekking is during the rainy season it is usually misty and wet. And it can sometimes drizzle for days. It is difficult to trek gorillas during this time because the access roads are hard to travel and the roads become slippery. Some camps and lodges might be closed especially between Apirl and June. Tourists who trek around this season must carry warm clothes because its cold all day.

Trekkimg during this season gives you a chance to visit all the different gorilla families with less interruption and less congestion .However despite the advantages during this season, rains make trekking difficult because the terrains in Volcanoes National park  become very slippery The grounds become slippery and muddy, together with the showers and droplets, which wet trekkers find very hard to work with.