All over the world, it is only in the virunga conservation area that stretches to Rwanda (volcanoes national park), Uganda (Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park) and in Democatrtic republic of Congo in the virunga national park where mountain gorilla tracking is done. Tracking is done in the deep tropical rain forests in these countries and only 880 mountain gorillas are remaining shared among these countries Uganda and Rwanda taking the majority of the gorillas compared to DRC. Mountain gorillas can be tracked throughout the year however travelers should know the following concerning climate in these countries:
In all countries where mountain gorilla safaris can take place that is Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, there are two rainy seasons during which the trails get muddy and become slippery though sometimes it does not rainy the whole day. The rainy season is from March to May and October to November. During this period, tracking is really difficult but adventurous trackers off course come during this period. On the other hand, it is sunny between June and September, and December to February. Tracking during this period is easy and can be done without hassling.
In the rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda it can rain even during the dry-seasons. When it rains in Uganda and Rwanda – it is mostly during the night or early mornings and then it clears up once again as the sun comes out.
Light gumboots are recommended, these help to pass through mud and slippery rounds, they also prevent ground animals such as ants among others from biting the trackers, also protects the trackers from being cut by stones that can cause injuries, they should be light for easy movement.
Jackets and hats
These jackets will help trackers as they hike through the very cold deep forests especially during the dry season.