Best Time to Visit – Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and frequently visits Uganda. She and her husband are a travel photography/writing team with many Africa guidebooks under their belt, including the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda

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Bwindi is open for gorilla trekking all year long, but the best times to go are from June to August and December to February. At these times, the forest trails are drier and therefore less slippery. Also, your chance of a dry gorilla viewing experience is higher during these months. This might result in a better experience and photography will be easier.

Best Time June to August and December to February (Drier trails make for easy mountain gorilla trekking)
High Season June to September (Gorilla permits need to be booked long in advance at any time of the year)
Low Season March, April, May, October and November (Some lodges and camps close down)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)
Worst Weather April, May and September to November (High rainfall, forest trails might become slick and hard to use)

June to August and December to February Dry Seasons

  • Gorillas are easier to track, and the trails are drier
  • There are more sunny days
  • It is hazy, and the views are less spectacular

March to May and September to November Wet Seasons

  • Gorillas can be tracked any time of the year
  • Migratory birds can be found
  • Some access roads may become hard to travel as the trails become slick
  • The chance of tracking gorillas in the rain is high and this might interfere with the experience and taking photos
  • It might drizzle for days
  • It tends to be misty and wet

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