Wednesday, 9 May 2018

THE BEST SEASON FOR GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA.


When to trek gorillas in Uganda.

Uganda is stunning, naturally wealthy and a very fertile country where thick rain forests and verdant Savannah call home; forests shelter the endangered mountain Gorillas while Savannah plains are home to the big cats and other wildlife species. The pearl of Africa can be explored all year round and since it has abundant wildlife, travelers on a Uganda safari are assured to see a variety of wildlife and birds accompanied with incredible landscape.

The endangered Mountain gorillas are only found in Virunga ranges of East and central Africa in the whole world, shared among three countries including Uganda, D.R. Congo and Rwanda. Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done in Bwindi national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo and volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done any time throughout the year and travelers get the same satisfaction because Bwindi impenetrable national park is found in an equatorial forest where the chances of raining are very high daily.
Since the equator crosses in Uganda, it has a modified equatorial climate with two seasons namely rainy and dry season and travelers prefer the dry season because during rainy season, it becomes so hard to hike and trek in the jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks because the trails become slippery due to the rain. Some gorilla families are found in different areas where travelers need to drive to the start point and during the rainy season if 4 wheel drive vehicle is not used, you may miss to meet the gorillas and also during rainy season, the vegetation tend to grow faster and this decreases the chances of clear visibility and photography therefore the best time to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda is the dry season in the months of January, February and from June to September
During the dry season in Uganda, there is easy accessibility and viewing wildlife is very easy and during rainy season Uganda receives an average rainfall of 1000mm to 2000mm annually. The pearl of Africa has verdant wildlife species and some are internationally renowned like the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, bird species, golden monkeys and many others which are explored by travelers frequently.
The Southwestern region of Uganda where gorilla trekking is conducted in Bwindi impenetrable rainforest and Mgahinga gorilla national park experiences two rainy peaks, one in April to May and another from October to November but because of the global climatic changes, it is becoming very hard to predict when it is going to rain since it can rain anytime.
The best season to track gorillas in Uganda is the dry season however gorilla trekking can be done all year around. The endangered mountain gorillas are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo so a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda will enable you come close and take memorable pictures with these gentle creatures in the wild.