Gorilla Trekking in Uganda in April
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda in April is one of the top activities done in that month as many travelers are seen booking for this Uganda Safari activity. Gorilla trekking is done all year round in Uganda, though the dry seasons are always preferred because of the dry trails of the forested mountains or just the dry weather makes the trekking quite doable, unlike during the rainy season. Gorilla trekking in Uganda can only be done by Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The month of April per se is not categorized as a dry or wet month because it’s doesn’t receive a lot of rainfall, the rains in April are normally short pouring that happens in intervals. Then the sun in April is not less nor is it extreme, it comes out moderately almost every day. This makes April an in-between month in terms of weather.
Because the weather in April is in between wet and dry, it makes this month a relatively good month to have a gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda; and below we highlight the advantages of having a gorilla trekking in Uganda in April.
The month is within the Low tourism season:
Low tourism season means that during this time of the year the tourism sectors receive quite a few visitors than normal engaging in the different safaris the country has to offer. This is one for a traveler because you get the lowest rates on most of the things on your travel from the accommodation, food, tour operator fees, guide fees to flight fares among other things. So opting to have your gorilla trekking safari within April will help you save some money.
The other thing is, mountain gorilla trekking permits are always on high demand especially in the peak seasons, but in April because it’s a low season you are able to get a gorilla permit even in March for April which is very unlikely to happen for the peak season where permits are booked 3 to 5 months in advance.
Though the forest trails on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda in April may be fairly hard, the forest adventure on your gorilla trekking safari in April is unmatchable. The trees are flowering during this season so on your trek through the forest you view the amazing flower buds in the forest. The flowers also attract birds, so you get to have a birding spree at no extra cost; seeing several species of birdlife in the forest and enjoying their sweet noises and they fly from one flower to another collecting the flower juice. This is a dream come true for any bird lovers and watchers.
Finding the gorillas sooner (shorter trekking time)
During April the forest is relatively soggy with some waterlogged areas, and mountain gorillas are not fans of water in fact studies show that it’s very rare to find a mountain gorilla crossing a river or a water body. This means the mountain gorillas will not roam deep into the forest, they will try to stay in one place and this makes it easier for you to find them hence you will not have to trek long trails into the forest before you find the gorillas.
This is an advantage for you because you will not spend a lot of time on the trekking experience, you can even come out of the forest early enough to join another activity in the area like a cultural tour, batwa trail experience, nature walk among other things.
The parks are not congested
During the month of April, the gorilla trekking parks are not congested so you are able to have serene cozy safaris with less interruption.
Especially if you are traveling with a family this would be the best month for you to travel, because there will be ample space and dedicated services to all of you.
Tour operator and tour guide discounts
A lot of tour operators and tour guides have discounted gorilla trekking packages in the month of April, of course, because it’s a low season, they are glad at any client they get, so having a gorilla trekking safari during April will give you about 20 – 30 percent of your tour operator and tour guide fees.
Things to note
Because April is between rainy and sunny weather, you may encounter some showers on your trekking experience, so all trekkers are advised to carry rain jackets or coats, wear waterproof boots and any other rain protective wear you need.