Gorilla trekking in the dry season is much better as trekking gorillas in the wet season because of the same experience both will get when they have an encounter with the gorillas. But no traveler would like to trek the gorillas in the rainy season although it comes with some advantages. The dry season is the appropriate time of the year to trek the gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda respectively, the dry seasons of the year start from June to July then from August to September, December, January and February. These months have been registered as the dry seasons and the best time of the year for gorilla trekking, with little or no rainfall received at all. Gorilla trekking in Uganda, is done in two national parks that’s is Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga national park and in Rwanda, it’s done at the volcanoes national park. Gorilla trekking experience, has got both advantages and the bit of challenges that trekkers may encounter therefore are advised to have all the necessary information for gorilla trekking before making any decision.

 Is gorilla trekking in the dry seasons better?

The dry season in Uganda and Rwanda are the best seasons of year for gorilla trekking experience, the dry season comes with several advantages that travelers on gorilla trekking will enjoy during the safari. One of the advantages of gorilla trekking in the dry season is that the ground is not muddy and slippery therefore. Gorilla trekking exercise becomes less strenuous compared to gorilla trekking in the dry season when there is a lot of rainfall received the ground becomes impassable. But also note that Bwindi impenetrable forest is a tropical rain forest so there is no guarantee that there is no rain in the dry season so you will expect rain at any time of the day.

Another advantage is Bwindi being a tropical rain forest, there too much rainfall received in the rain season, therefore driving in the dry season is much better compared to the nature of the roads in the wet season. During the dry season, the roads are dry and are easily passable though dusty because they are marram roads compared to the seasons when there is much rainfall most especially roads on the southern side of Bwindi become slippery and muddy as well as the road from Buhoma sector to Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest causing difficulty to pass through. Therefore, travelling in the dry season is much convenient compared to the wet season.

Accessing Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national park in the dry season is easier compared to the rain season, the dry season is better since the land is dry and makes it easy to hike deep in the forest to trek the gorillas since the ground is dry and not slippery, these enables travelers to move faster and time saving for other activities to be done after gorilla trekking.

Everything has got every good and part of it, gorilla trekking in the dry season also has got some challenges like when it comes to gorilla permit booking, the permits be on high demand in the dry season compared to the low/ wet season of the year since there are few people trekking gorillas in the wet season. During the dry season, the permits are on high demand and they get sold out quickly therefore, travelers taking part in gorilla trekking, are advised to book their permits earlier in advance in order to avoid last minute booking which in most cases may not find any available permits for your gorilla trekking on that particular day.

There are no discounted permits in Uganda or Rwanda, the permit price in Uganda is $600 and for Rwanda, is $1500 per permit through the year. Rwanda permits are more expensive compared to Uganda permit price.

In the dry season, accommodation facilities tend to hike their rates since there will many travelers which results to stiff competition for accommodation for clients. Thus, making gorilla trekking in the dry season a bit more expensive than in the wet whereby the lodges offer discounts on all their accommodation facilities hence the wet season is best for budget travelers.