This wildlife travel guide is meant to be like a trailer for the new Attenborough series. Because we also have individual travel guides for more specific wildlife holidays, such as our safaris, bear watching and whale watching.
The best time for gorilla trekking
Tourists tend to stay clear of the rainy season. But this is when you have the gorillas to yourself. Albeit in the mist.
The gorillas (and the mist!) are present all year round, with a great record of sightings; the rain only serves to keep tourists away. The best time for gorilla trekking is, therefore, totally up to you. Often it is more to do with permit availability, as they sell out over a year in advance in peak months. The dry seasons - more comfortable for trekking - are mid-December to early February, and June to September. Don’t be completely put off by the rains of November and March-May, as you will have the forests and mountains to yourself, the guides and the gorillas.
Volcanoes National Park Weather Chart
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When to see gorillas
Paul Calcutt, at our supplier Natural World Safaris, is an expert on the best time for gorilla trekking: “There are two rainy seasons. One in November and one in March, April, May – and outside of those seasons are all good. March, April, May is a heavier rainy season, but having said that, I was there in May this year in the Kyambura Gorge doing chimpanzee trekking, and there was no one there except me and some guides because most tourists don’t come until the end of May when, traditionally, the rain stops. People do work in ‘calendars’ but of course weather doesn’t work like that. I think there is a lot to be said of going in the last few days of what is supposedly the wet season, because when I was there it was perfectly dry and there was nobody there”
More about Gorilla safari
Considered by many to be one of the most magnificent wildlife encounters in the world, our gorilla safaris travel guide attempts to capture why.
Mountain and lowland gorillas exist across East and Central Africa. Rwanda and Uganda provide the best set ups in terms of permits, highly trained guides and accommodation.
Gorilla tracking in Uganda is the highlight of any trip to this equatorial nation, whose densely forested mountainsides shelter over half the world's mountain gorillas.
Gorilla trekking through Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park and Virunga Mountains is one of the world’s most sought after wildlife experiences, and one of the greatest.
Track gorillas in CAR with indigenous Ba'aka guides, whose ancestral knowledge offers unsurpassed insights into the rainforest, its ecosystems, and what life is like here.
Gorilla safaris in DRC are particularly special. This is the only country in the world inhabited by both mountain and lowland gorillas, and you can track both while on holiday here.
Gorilla safaris in Congo take you into the habitat of the critically endangered western lowland gorilla - a world of primary rainforest, swampy bais and narrow rivers.
It's not just gorillas... Other species to track include golden monkeys and chimpanzees, and of course you can also attach other safaris for a complete African wildlife holiday.
Take a walk on the wild side with man's closest cousin on gorilla photography holidays. Getting up close with these powerful yet gentle apes is an unforgettable experience.
Travel to East Africa and you can squeeze the maximum wildlife watching from a single holiday, combining a classic safari with tracking gorillas.
We’ve updated our guidelines on gorilla watching and Covid-19, so we can continue to support the gorillas and the communities who rely on the visitors they bring.
Seeing chimpanzees in the wild is an exciting experience. We explain all you need to know about seeing chimps in Uganda, from permit fees to packing tips.
Seeing gorillas in the mist may be the headline attraction, but with so many other safari activities to get involved in, it’s more like a festival.
We represent some of the world's top gorilla safari experts. They have done these treks over and over and are totally committed to conservation and responsible tourism.
As with all the most successful conservation movements, the protection of people, their lands, rights and lifestyles plays a vital role in the protection of gorillas.