Trekking the gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo in the wet season
Looking for trekking the gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo in the wet season? Mountain gorilla trekking is the most adventurous experience which attracts most travelers to visit Africa. Each year Africa receives about 100,000 visitors for observing the few remaining mountain gorillas on the earth. But this article, will help you to know everything about gorilla trekking in the rainy season. On the continent of Africa mountain gorilla trekking is carried out in only three countries that is Uganda (Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park), Rwanda (Volcanoes national park), and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Virunga national park). All destinations are rewarded with an amazing experience though it is somehow expensive. Most travelers are wondering for the best time and weather to book a gorilla safari in any destination of their choice. Many of them end up looking for dry season months of June-October and December-February but it is important to note that this activity can be done all year round, also the rainy season offers an exciting experience.
Please note, the home of mountain gorillas in DR. Congo and Uganda are found in tropical rain forest. Their weather is unpredictable, so at any time of the year, it may rain even in the dry months. Therefore, you come when well prepared for rain in all seasons.
Reasons why one should consider trekking the gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo during the rainy season.
One of the reasons why some travelers want to trek mountain gorillas during this period is that gorilla trekking permits are not on high demand like in the dry season. This means tourists have an opportunity to book their gorilla permits at any time of the month he /she wish to travel. The rainy season in Uganda and Rwanda is also known as the low season, so in this period most of the safari lodges nearby the natural habitat for mountain gorillas used to call for discounts bid, there are few books. Therefore, we always advise budget tourists and those who do not want to trek crowded areas to book their primate safari in the wet season.
Trekking gorillas in the wet season months of March, April, and May when there is high rainfall which resulted into slippery and muddy. However, gorilla trekking during the wet season offers an interesting experience mostly for those who seek to take an amazing shot of the mountain gorillas with different sheds of greenery in the background.
Lastly, some of the gorilla families used to go deep into the forest searching for food mostly in the dry, which needs one to move for long hours to find them. But during the wet season mountain gorilla tracking is easier since food can be easily accessible and the primates are no longer moving long distances, this rewards you with a memorable experience.
What to pack for Trekking the gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo in the wet season.
Hiking Boots, One to enjoy gorilla trekking experience during the rainy season, you should carry good hiking shoes. As you move for long hours in the mountainous areas.
Long-Sleeved Shirts / Blouse, It is important to wear clothes that cover the full body to avoid flies and tropical insects that can affect your body.
Gloves, Consider gloves as the important thing on a gorilla safari because during this season you may find yourself holding onto vegetation while hiking. This protects you from germs and reduces on chances of other infections.
Rain Jacket, if you’re to trek in the rainy season, do not forget to carry a rain jacket because at such a period it rains at any time of the day.
Insect Repellents: this helps you to avoid tropical insects that may affect your body like mosquitos.
Energy drinks, packed lunch, and snacks Gorilla trekking starts very early in the morning and takes like 2-6 hours depending on the allocated group. You may get hungry and thirsty. This is the reason why you need a packed lunch, drinking water, and energy drinks. Your lodge can help you to pack lunch and drinking water or you can get them from the nearby towns in a supermarket.
Walking stick is also useful mostly in the rainy season. Habitats for mountain gorillas are located in mountainous areas, valleys, and river streams. Hiking sticks will support you when the trail is slippery. You will be provided a walking stick free of charge at the starting point.
If you’re interested in trekking during the wet season, it is important to hire a Porter who will help you during hiking, as gorilla trekking involves moving into deep searching for the gorillas for long hours. Therefore, hiking with heavy luggage can make you feel uncomfortable and you need to hire a porter. The cost for a porter is 15USD.
The hotel staff, park guide, and porters will work hard to make your dream real even if they are not paid well. It is important to tip them but on your own choice because it is not compulsory. A tip of 10USD would be great.
Other essential items are important in your gorilla trekking packing list, which includes a camera with extra batteries, a pair of binocular, a guidebook, travel maps, cash buying remembrance, an itinerary from your tour company. Also, a first-aid kit and medications for any lifestyle diseases are useful.
What are the costs for trekking the gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda
A permit for gorilla trekking in Uganda goes at $700 for foreign nonresidents per person each trek, $600 for foreign residents, and 250,000 Ugandan shillings for East African citizens while a gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500. In Uganda, gorilla permits are acquired from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), in Rwanda is got from Rwanda Development Board or through Africa Adventure Vacations. This gorilla trekking permit allows a tourist to spend only one hour with mountain gorillas while learning more about their behaviors like nesting, how mothers feed their younger ones, playing, and so on. During the wet season, you can book your gorilla permit at any time of the month you wish to trek, but it is good to book your permits in advance to avoid disturbance. Only 8 tourists are allowed to visit a gorilla group every day and those below 15 years of age are not accepted to trek.
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