Bwindi gorilla trekking in June
Bwindi gorilla trekking in June: Bwindi is the most famous national park when it comes to gorilla trekking in the world. The national park is found in the southwestern part of the mountain and harbors more than half of the mountain gorilla population in the whole world. The national park is open for gorilla trekking to travelers that are 15 years and above with mountain gorilla trekking permits
Bwindi gorilla trekking is done all throughout the year but it has seasons. There is the dry season from June to September and December to February and the rainy season from March to May and October to November. June is one of the dry season months which is characterized by little or no rainfall. Travelers should however not get surprised when it rains heavily any day of June because the national park comprises of thick tropical rainforest.
June is the starting period of the dry season in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park but it can still rain at any time of the day since the park comprises tropical forest. June attracts a lot of travelers especially those on holiday from countries in the northern hemisphere. The month is characterized by little or no rainfall that keeps the trekking trails dry but the trekking takes longer because the mountain gorillas move so far too high altitudes to look for what to eat.
Advantages of trekking Bwindi gorillas in June
In June the weather is so good with little or no rainfall because it’s a dry month. The trekking trails are dry and this doesn’t affect the speed of trekkers although trekking might take a long reason being mountain gorillas are always at high altitudes. The vegetation is very short and scattered in June and this gives a clear view of the mountain gorillas and other wild animals. To get to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, the roads are passable especially murram roads.
Disadvantages of trekking Bwindi gorillas in June
One of the disadvantages of trekking mountain gorillas of Bwindi in June is that the trekking takes a bit longer. This is because there is little food for the mountain gorillas in the park and therefore they do move to high altitudes to search for what to eat.
The gorilla trekking permits are scarce and this is because a lot of travelers are intending to visit the national park. It’s from this that we advise travelers to book their gorilla permits 3-4 months earlier in advance to avoid last-minute booking disappointments. The gorilla permits can be booked directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority or a trusted local tour operator at the same price.
During June, accommodation is very expensive and travelers who don’t book early can even end up staying in lodges that are not of their choice. If you need a good hotel to stay in during your safari in June please try and book early before the rooms get booked.
For travelers that hate large crowds then June isn’t a good month for you because there are a lot of travelers in the park. In all the sectors the permits sell out on some days which means you are likely to meet a lot of travelers at the briefing point.
Gorilla trekking experience in June
Gorilla trekking takes place in all the sectors of the park which are Nkuringo, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Buhoma. The activity takes longer even though the trekking rails are dry and this is because the mountain gorillas are at high altitudes. The activity starts early in the morning at the sector offices where all those going for trekking gather. The park wardens teach about the rules and regulations of the gorilla trekking activity, make groups not exceeding 8 people and allocate mountain gorilla families based on age and physical ability.
Armed ranger guides lead the trek and those that have excess luggage hire porters at a fee. The search for mountain gorillas takes you through thick vegetation cover where you spend 2-7 hours searching for the apes while meeting different park animals such as monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, birds, and plants. When the mountain gorillas are spotted, trekkers are given 1 hour to be around them and this gives them an opportunity to watch them do daily activities, take photos and learn about their habits.
Cost of Bwindi gorilla trekking permits in June
To encounter mountain gorillas of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, you need a gorilla trekking permit and this is bought at a fee from Uganda Wildlife Authority or a trusted local tour operator. Each gorilla trekking permit costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and UGX250,000 citizens of East Africa. There are over 152 gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi but these are few compared to the number of trekkers therefore you are advised to book yours earlier in advance of 3-4 months to avoid last-minute booking disappointments.
What to pack for Bwindi gorilla safari in June?
Before leaving your home for Bwindi gorilla trekking in June, make sure you have all the items on the packing list. These items include waterproof hiking shoes, long cotton stocks, a pair of gaiters, gardening gloves, a light backpack, long-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved pants, sunscreen, sun glasses, a hat, insect repellents, first aid kit, sanitizer, a camera, a pair of binoculars, energy giving snacks, and a drinking water bottle among others.
Accessing Bwindi in June
Travelers can access Bwindi for gorilla trekking in June using air transport or road transport in one day. The quickest way to access Bwindi for gorilla tracking is using air transport and this requires one to book their seat earlier in advance to avoid inconveniences. There are different airline companies in the country taking travelers to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. there are daily flights at Kajjansi airstrip and Entebbe international airport to Kihihi airstrip for those visiting Buhoma region and Kisoro airstrip for those visiting Nkuringo, Rushaga, and Ruhija sectors
Those using road transport take a bit longer to access Bwindi impenetrable forest national park but the journey is always full of new sightings, and stopovers. Travelers from Kigali can access Bwindi in just 4-5 hours by using Katuna birder in Kabale and Cyanika border in Kisoro. Travelers from Kampala/Entebbe take 9-10 hours to reach the park using Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kisoro road.