- Uganda & Rwanda
When to Go?
Best time for gorilla trekking
Uganda and Rwanda share a similar climate: it’s warm and humid as you’d expect in an equatorial setting but thanks to high elevations, temperatures are lower than you think. Both countries enjoy monthly averages in the mid to late 20s (Celsius) or late 70s to early 80s (Fahrenheit). Gorilla trekking destinations are often cold and wet.
Travellers to either country can expect rain at any time of year but there are two distinct rainy seasons: the long, heavy rains of March, April and May and the short rains of October and November. Travel to Uganda and Rwanda is not recommended at these times, especially if gorilla trekking is your main aim.
The best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is during the dry seasons: mid-December to early February and from June to September. You’ll enjoy the easiest hiking conditions and the lowest malaria risk.
Game viewing in Uganda’s parks is best at the end of the two dry seasons – February and March and September/early October – when wildlife is concentrated around water sources. River cruises are especially good at this time of year. Bird watching in Uganda is excellent all year round but especially in the November to April summer months when migrant species are present.