Best time for Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done throughout the year as the country lies on the equatorial climate however due to the high rainfall received the countries volcanoes national park receives quite a lot of rain during the rainy season in Rwanda. The best time tends to be during the dry period from June which is the beginning of the dry spell, July which marks the busy tourism season in Rwanda alongside August and then the numbers start to drop by September as the rainforest is less muddy and the paths are less slippery, although you should bear in mind that it can rain any time of year due to the conventional rainfall formation pattern that takes place as the hot air is trapped in the high mountain volcano ranges of Muhavura, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, and Bisoke.

The wettest months are April and May, bringing tricky muddy trails, however, you can still track gorillas at this time. The gorillas often climb higher up the mountain during the dry season and descend during the rains.

This is also an excellent time for tracking gorillas as the fruit ripens and this brings the mountain gorillas down to the lower reaches of the forest canopy making some gorilla treks much easier.

The rainy seasons (around March to May and October to November) can also provide the best conditions for photography in gorilla country. After a rain shower, the air is clear of any dust, providing the perfect atmosphere for gorilla photography clients can alternatively choose to come towards the end of November, and at the beginning of December?

Why travel to Rwanda Between February and March?

Traveling to Rwanda in February and March is perfect timing for seeing the gorillas as the park is dry and weather conditions are perfect however it’s also the wildebeest calving season in the Serengeti so clients can have a great opportunity of experiencing some of the world’s top safari vacations.

Wilderness Explores will help you design a perfect safari holiday to some of Africa’s diverse wildlife areas.

Why travel to Rwanda between the end of July and August?

Though its busy tourism season bear in mind this is also perfect timing to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and the weather conditions are perfect, and this is the beginning of the Great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara ecosystem and you can easily combine gorilla trekking safari and the epic and spectacular river crossing as its one of the wonders of the world.

Our experts Guide to East African Safari Holiday

While planning your safari to Africa and Rwanda it’s important to know where to go, why go, when to go, and for how long to go to the best wildlife and game viewing areas, clients traveling to east Africa should consider visiting Uganda and Rwanda for gorilla trekking as the countries offer different trekking experience and then proceed to Tanzania and Kenya for the annual wildebeest migration this is because you will be able to receive the wildebeest hard tracker information once you’re in Uganda or Rwanda after the safari we then recommend Romantic Zanzibar beach holidays at the end of the trekking and the dusty safari drives as you witness the thunder of hooves as millions of wildebeest and thousands of zebras, gazelles and Elands embark on the journey in search of water and greener pasture.




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Bisate Lodge
Virunga Lodge
Governor’s Silverback Lodge
5 Volcanoes Lodge
Amakoro Songa Lodge
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Le Bamboo Lodge
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Amahoro Guest House
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