WHEN CAN I TRACK MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN UGANDA
The best time to do mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda is throughout the year, experiencing Uganda’s two seasons: the dry and the wet. Although the busiest season for doing mountain gorilla safaris is in the dry season, which kicks off in two phases, phase one starts in June, July, August, and September, and the second phase starts in December, January, and February. Uganda’s wet season starts in March, April, and May, and another phase starts in October to November each year.
In the dry seasons, Uganda receives many visitors for mountain gorilla trekking. The Christmas season is becoming another great time to enjoy mountain gorilla trekking safaris. During the peak seasons, Uganda receives less rainfall, enabling tourists to access the forest trailhead and locate these mountain gorilla families easily.
Mountain gorilla safaris can be encountered in two of Uganda’s protected national parks, both situated in south-western Uganda: Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to half the world's remaining mountain gorillas, with approximately 600 individuals out of 1063 individuals existing worldwide.
However, mountain gorilla trekking in Africa can be done in three African countries: Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Rwanda, mountain gorilla trekking can be done in the Volcanoes National Park, and in Congo, in Virunga National Park.
Both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be easily reached by car or plane. From Kampala or Entebbe to the main mountain gorilla destination, it takes about 8 to 9 hours by road. Alternatively, travelers can fly to and from Entebbe International Airport by domestic erolink" to Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrip, which takes about 1:30 hours.