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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.

Dec/ Jan/ Feb
Dry season – great for gorilla trekking & bird watching
Mar/ Apr/ May
Heavy rain; increased malaria risk
Jun/ Jul/ Aug/ Sept
Dry season - great for gorilla trekking & game viewing
Oct/ Nov/ Dec
Rainy season – good game viewing in Uganda Sept - Oct
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Top Experiences

The diversity is almost unbelievable

1. Track Mountain Gorillas

Sitting with a gorilla family in their natural surroundings is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Uganda & Rwanda are the best places in Africa to do it.

2. Go on a Game Drive

Add on a few days in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth or Murchison Falls national parks & you’ll enjoy big game viewing as well – elephants, hippos, antelope & Uganda’s famous tree-climbing lions.

3. Trek for Chimpanzees

Uganda’s forests are home to many other primates & several destinations offer chimp tracking adventures. We’d recommend Kibale Forest Reserve, renowned also for its bird watching & dazzling butterflies.

4. Take a River Cruise

One of the best ways to experience Uganda’s big game parks: cruise along Queen Elizabeth’s bird-filled Kazinga Channel or take a trip to see the River Nile thunder over Murchison Falls.

5. Go Bird Watching

With over 600 species to look for, keen birders should add a few days of Uganda travel to their itinerary. Birding hotspots include Kibale Forest & Queen Elizabeth National Park.

6. Find Tree-Climbing Lions

Everyone wants to see lions on safari; at Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park the big cats have taken to climbing trees, offering you unique photo opportunities.

7. Track Golden Monkey

With only a small number remaining in the world, the Golden Monkey can be found in the foothills of the Volcanic Virunga mountains of Mgahinga in Uganda and in the Parc National De Virunga in Rwanda.

8. Walk the Forest

Uganda & Rwanda are blessed with beautiful ever green forests where different tourism activities like nature walks, waterfall walks or forest walks are conducted.

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