The dry seasons are ideal because navigation through the thick vegetation that lines the steep slopes of Mgahinga and Bwindi is much easier. During the rainy seasons, the journey is significantly harder and requires stronger resolve on the part of the trekkers. Gorilla permits are discounted at $400, from $600 in April, May and November.
It is widely accepted that wildlife viewing is best at the end of the dry seasons, when game is more concentrated around water sources, particularly in the wilderness of Kidepo Valley Park.
Trekking through dense rainforests tracking down chimpanzees is much easier on trekkers in the dry seasons. However, many visitors prefer the thrill of the experience during the rainy seasons, when the parks are also less crowded.
The best and easiest time for bird sightings is during the rainy season when many birds are actively nesting. Migrant bird species can be seen starting in April before they depart in October, or depending on the bird, from August – April. African migratory birds land in July and leave in December.
Hiking & Mountaineering
Hiking in Rwenzori and Elgon is a year round activity, but inexperienced hikers are generally more comfortable in the dry seasons, particularly July-August and December-February. Hiking in the wet seasons can be extremely challenging because sections of the trek can get extremely boggy and hamper hikers’ progress.