How to maximize your Gorilla Trekking Experience on A Rainy Day
Amazing reviews about gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda have inspired millions of people to consider a gorilla trek at least once in their life time. Most of the visitors usually utilize the months of July, August, late December and January.
Though these months are generally known are dry seasons; rain showers should never take you by surprise even in these so called dry months. It is very rare to go two weeks in Uganda without rain therefore whether you are gorilla trekking in the known dry seasons, you must prepare for rain in order to maximize your gorilla trekking experience.
There are mainly three things to put into consideration for a successful gorilla trekking experience during a rainy day; Accommodation, Transport and what to pack.
What to pack for a successful gorilla trekking experience on a Rainy day
They are mainly four things that should not miss on your gorilla trekking packing list. These include; cotton clothes, garden gloves, waterproof hiking shoes and a waterproof bag for your gadgets.
Transport To Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla Parks
Some roads to the different lodges around Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are poor. On a rainy day, the unpaved roads are often impassable. To some people this is something that enriches their safari experience while to the perfectionist, it would be the beginning of the gorilla trekking regrets.
The best thing to do in put the issue of the unpaved roads in consideration more so on the rainy day so that once things get the other way on a rainy day, you make some adjustments in your gorilla trekking expectation.
Of course, gorilla trekking is walking safari, it will not require you to use a car to participate in the gorilla trekking experience but you will need a car to either get to lodge in or around Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. You will also need a hire a car in Kampala or nearby Kabale town to transfer to the park offices in case your lodge is relatively a long distance from your lodge. A 4×4 is highly recommended because, the roads are in poor state and almost impassable in rainy season.
In regard to accommodation, the closer the lodge is to the park, the better. It will save you from having to wake up very early on a rainy day. Assuming on are on holiday, waking before 6:30am would be too much for some people. But in case you do not mind waking up early, then you are free to choice any lodge you feel like.
The only thing to mind during your gorilla trekking experience is ground camping. It is often recommended that you consider renting a 4×4 with rooftop tent for your camping experience around Bwindi. It is a stable cheaper option than glamping in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Camping on a rainy car might affect your sleep time denying you the ample resting time you might need before attempting a gorilla trek the following day. Therefore, it is recommended; you choose your accommodation wisely.
Gorilla Trekking During the Rainy Seasons
Rainy seasons in Uganda are those months which often receive at least one or two rain showers in a week. It does not rain the whole day in Uganda. It often drizzles for 4 to 6 hours yet the rain rarely exceeds two hours. Drizzles often happen not more than 4 times in the same month.
In simple terms expect a mixture of rain and sun shine during your Safari in Uganda. The months of April; May, October and November are often classified as low season months. They give you the opportunity to get discounted deals on accommodation as well as safari packages.
However it should be noted; Uganda wildlife authority no longer offers low season discounts. The only low season discounts you can get are from the tour operators such as lodges and travel agencies not Uganda wildlife Authority.