Best Time to Visit – Mgahinga Gorilla NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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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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Mgahinga Gorilla NP is open for gorilla trekking the whole year, but the best time is during the drier seasons from June to August and December to January. At this time the trails tend to be easier to navigate and spending a precious hour with the gorillas might be more pleasant when it isn’t raining.

Best Time June to August and December to January (trekking gorilla is easier because the trails are drier)
High Season June to September (Gorilla tracking permits are hard to get at short notice)
Low Season March, April, May, October and November (Some lodges and camps shut down)
Best Weather June to August and December to January (Less rainfall)
Worst Weather March to May and September to November (Higher rainfall, forest trails might be challenging)

June to August and December to January Dry Seasons

  • Drier trails make gorilla trekking easier
  • Time spent with gorillas is more pleasant when it doesn’t rain
  • Days are sunny
  • Views are clouded by the hazy air

February to May and September to November Wet Seasons

  • Gorilla can still be tracked at this time of the year
  • Migratory birds are present
  • When the clouds lift, the views are amazing
  • Wet trails are hard to hike, and road conditions can become bad
  • It might drizzle for days, and it tends to be misty and wet
  • Hailstorms are common

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