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What is the best time to track gorillas in Rwanda – Rwanda Safari News

volcanoe-gorillasIn the whole world, travelers can only trek the endangered species of the mountain gorillas (Gorilla Berengei Berengei) in Uganda , Rwanda the land of thousand hills and Congo. In Rwanda, these beautiful apes can be trekked in the stunning Volcanoes National Park. An estimated total number of 480 mountain gorillas are housed in the Virunga massifs and live on the hilly areas of the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Some of these mountain gorilla species are witnessed crossing to the Virunga National Park of DRC .The frequently asked question by potential travelers planning to trekker mountain gorillas in Rwanda is what is the best time of trekking the mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
Mountain gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda can be done throughout the year in the mountainous areas of the Volcanoes national park. However many tourists who undertake gorilla trekking safaris to Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park mainly prefer encountering the mountain gorillas during the high season in the months of June to September and then December, January and February because during this season the trails in the park are walk- able and too much slippery compared to other low season when its rainy season.
In Rwanda, the first rains usually begin in late February through March and push up to April until late May. Its due to these rains that some tourists try to avoid undertaking gorilla  safaris tour to Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park due to fear of getting muddy and all wet while trekking the gorillas in the Volcanoes trials. However, during these months, because of the rains there’s a lot gorilla food down slope the mountains and it’s also much colder on the higher altitudes of the mountains and hence the mountain gorillas do not climb up and they keep on the lower slopes of the volcanoes mountains where they find it warmer and get food easily. This implies that if a traveler on Rwanda gorilla trekking tours and safaris visits Volcanoes during these months, they are most likely to take less time to meet the gorillas’ .Sometimes it even takes only two hours which is not the case with the dry season where trekkers walk for 2-8 hours before meeting the gorillas.
The seasonality of gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda is also mainly influenced by the weather changes in the tourist originating home countries. For example many Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris are witnessed during the summer’s season in Europe and fewer safaris are seen during winter.
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