Need to know the best time to see gorillas in Rwanda? Rwanda is located in the central part of Africa bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Congo. The country boasts with gigantic landscapes that’s given it a name a country of a thousand hills or the Switzerland of Africa. The most sought tourists activity here is Rwanda gorilla trekking. The best time to encounter these great apes sharing 98% of their DNA with humans can be seen below. The minimum age for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is 15 years.
June to September: This is the peak season and the longest dry season in Rwanda. It is apparently the best time to see gorillas in Rwanda. Getting to the parks is easy and the hiking trails are not muddy and slippery. There are also no chances of rain during the gorilla trekking. Tourists coming to trek gorillas in Rwanda during this time must book their gorilla permits in advance as there is very Huge demand fr permits during this time. Booking will also require paying 30% of the full price of the gorilla trekking permit.
December to February: I would also consider this the best time to see gorillas in Rwanda. This is the short dry season in Rwanda also the one of the best time to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. The parks are not very crowded as in June to September, gorilla trekking trails are also easy to access in this period and birding is at its peak because migratory birds are present.
April – May: This is the longest rain season in Rwanda, there are very high chances of rain falling during the trek hence spoiling your entire encounter. Gorillas can easily be found during this time because they tend to move away from very high mountain temperatures and descend to lower slopes.
October – November: This is when the short rains occurs in Rwanda. This period offers great photography opportunities and also turns out to be the best time for birding as plants are flowering. The wild is simply magical though when rain falls, they often fall at night and the skies are clear by morning.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda costs $1500. This price doesn’t change for the low and dry seasons. Your accommodation while trekking gorillas will always depend on tourists choice and budget. There are various accommodation facilities ranging from budget, mid-range and luxury, all providing good quality service to visitors.
Tourists visiting mountain gorillas during the rainy season should come along with cotton clothing, water proof hiking boots, garden gloves, insect repellents as mainly insect breed in the rainy season. Visiting during the dry season will require carrying sun glasses and sun screens. Binoculars are also advisable for bird lovers.
Please visit Rwanda and visit the endangered mountain gorillas and also engage in many other tourists activities like Golden monkey trekking, chimpanzee trekking, wildlife watching, mountain climbing, birding and so much more.