Gorilla trekking is an activity that almost all world travelers are looking out for. Globetrotters book safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo just to have close encounters with these endangered mountain gorillas in the forest.
Nearly all tourists to Uganda visit the country during the summer region, ideally because it’s the time when they get their summer holidays, they don’t enjoy trips in the rainy season or because they want to enjoy the benefits of trekking in the high season.
Trekking the gorillas in the high season comes with its benefits like the clear views of the scenery without hindrances of the fog and mist. Also trekkers walk through dry trails and with low chances of rain disruptions, yet with enough company, which becomes funnier and safer.
Note that the dry season in Uganda forms that peak tourism months of June to September and December to February. The low or rainy season is in April to May and October to early December. However, in Uganda there is no season that is completely rainy or completely dry. When it’s a rainy season, it doesn’t mean that it will rain all day long and likewise in the dry season it still rains some times.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda takes in walking in the slippery trails and rugged unclear forest trails, in search of the mighty apes of the jungle. Hiking through the impenetrable forest to the sounds of birds and falling tree leaves and branches is what makes the whole experience so thrilling. This happens whether in dry season or wet season.
Nonetheless, trekking the gorillas in rainy season comes with its own advantages. Even though the low season discounted gorilla permits were removed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, after Rwanda increased its gorilla permit prices from 750 USD to 1500 USD, there are still better benefits that trekkers enjoy in the low season.
Low season gorilla trekking saves trekkers from crowded / mass trekking. Basing on the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking, only eight trekkers visit a gorilla family per day. However in the low season, trekkers could find that only two visitors are available and the ranger making the third. This trek becomes more flexible and convenient the fact that you are only in a small group.
The availability of gorilla permits. If one is to trek mountain gorillas in the high season, they have to book a gorilla permit 3-6 months in advance, or else they would face last minute disappointments. While for trekkers in the low season can even buy the tickets while in Uganda for the safari. Remember few people trek during this season, so permits are always readily available.
During the low season, visitors on gorilla safaris in Uganda enjoy the discounted accommodation rates. The fact that during this season tourists are few in numbers, hotels tend to advertise discounted rates to attract visitors. And low accommodation rates make the whole Uganda safari way cheaper than it would have been in the high season.
The low season trekkers easily get gorilla trekking add on-s. In the high season, activities done after gorilla trekking are usually over booked that there are low chances of flexibility. It becomes hard to swap from one activity to the other, like Batwa cultural encounter, nature walks or Lake Bunyonyi and Mutanda.
Yet in the low season, there are always fewer travelers to explore these attractions. Still travelers in the low season enjoy low priced souvenirs. During this season, the local people usually sell off their hand crafts and souvenirs at very low prices. Bear in mind that Uganda is one of the three lucky mountain gorilla destinations. If not in Uganda, then trekkers can only spot the mountain gorillas in Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo in Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park respect.
However, Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to more than 700 mighty apes, which is almost three quarters of the total population of mountain gorillas in the world. This is the very reason as to why Uganda is the best gorilla trekking destination in Africa. While on a Uganda gorilla safari, one can still trek the apes in Mgahinga national park. Uganda is the real deal when it gets to gorillas. Book your safari now.