In spite of the fact that mountain gorilla tracking activity can be done all year round in these two nations because of the somewhat damp seasons experienced by the national parks in which these gorillas stay, most tourists prefer visiting from June to September and additionally from December up to February.
This comparably applies to Uganda in spite of the fact that there the rain starts in March up to May. Absolutely the rains although not very heavy making it difficult to trek the sheer landscape. During that time the rain falls to only one to two hours in about 3 days of the week and for the rest, the sun is out. However, even in the dry months of Uganda, there are some little showers experienced in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
The seasonality of the trekker can too be accredited to the general climate back in the home nations. During summers for example in Europe, the number of tourists coming for mountain gorilla trekking is high and then in winter it significantly lowers down. Likewise, there are some tourists who use the advantage of the seasonal discounts offered on the gorilla permits. For instance, in the relatively recent past the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) brought down the costs of gorilla permits by 50% for all non-Ugandans for the months of April and May in 2014 so they will go for $350. The other months the gorilla permits in Uganda will go for $600 with impact from 1st January. Various accommodation facilities in the regions around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla Park where the mountain gorillas are found too will offer discounts in these months.
Inside Rwanda, the first rains are expected at the end of February, March, April as well as May, and hence most of the tourists don’t visit during that time since it is sloppy and really wet while trekking the gorillas. However during these very months, since it is raining, there is a lot of nourishment for the gorillas on the lower slopes and additionally, the temperatures are lower on the lower slopes. In view of that, the gorillas stay on the lower slopes since food is effortlessly accessible and it is warmer. Consequently, if you decide to track in these months, you won’t have a long trek and really most trackers find the gorillas simply after two hours of trekking meaning by 2:00pm they are back at their lodge.
Regardless of what your explanation is, experience reveals that gorilla trekking can be done throughout the year and you will certainly get an extraordinary experience.