Best Time to Visit Eastern Lowland Gorillas
When it comes to when to visit Africa for gorilla safaris either mountain gorillas or Eastern lowland gorillas , much has been written about the best time of year to travel in Democratic republic of congo for gorilla trekking adventures to kahuzi biega park , , and the main determinant of when to visit Dr congo is subjective to the safari activity your interested in kahuzi biega national park.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is located in central sub-Saharan Africa, bordered by (clockwise from the southwest) Angola, the South Atlantic Ocean, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania across Lake Tanganyika, and Zambia. The country lies between latitudes 6°N and 14°S, and longitudes 12° and 32°E. It straddles the Equator, with one-third to the North and two-thirds to the South.
Democratic republic of congo is among the top virgin adventurous places that has primates and even the largest primates of the Mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi biega national Park respectively
African Tropical Seasonal trends might affect your gorilla safari trip. Weather is variable, so it is quite possible to go for days without rain during the rainy season, or have thundershowers in the middle of the dry season!
Gorilla trekking in congo , primate watching and nature walks are done throughout the year from January to December and all travels are done any day .
Gorilla Trekking and Climatic conditions of Congo.
As a result of its equatorial location, the DRC experiences high precipitation and has the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the world. The annual rainfall can total upwards of 2,000 millimetres (80 in) in some places, and the area sustains the Congo Rain forest, the second-largest rain forest in the world after the Amazon. This massive expanse of lush jungle covers most of the vast, low-lying central basin of the river, which slopes toward the Atlantic Ocean in the west. This area is surrounded by plateaus merging into savannas in the south and southwest, by mountainous terraces in the west, and dense grasslands extending beyond the Congo River in the north. High, glaciated mountains (Rwenzori Mountains) are found in the extreme eastern region.
Democratic republic of congo has two rainy seasons , short seasons starts from October to November and the long rainy season starts from mid march to end of may , its rain comes from the tropical rain forests and the best time to visit the democratic republic of congo for Congo gorilla Safari.
With the best months to visit Democratic republic of congo, many tourists choose to travel from June to September to February since in these months, the amount of rain has reduced and it’s sunny in most of the destinations. December is one of the busiest months of the year in most Kahuzi Biega national park, Maiko National Park and Virunga National Park and it’s advisable to book Gorilla permits and Nyiragongo Climbing permit to avoid disappointments.
The rainy season in Congo affects people’s travels but that doesn’t mean that they don’t completely travel since this season is combined of both rains and sun shine. This means that the sun comes out as soon as it has just rained and most safari activities are able to be carried out without any disturbance. congo gorilla trekking as well as chimpanzee trekking goes on even during the rainy season and the national parks are fully in operation.
During the low season of March to May and October to November, most of the lodges reduce their rates to attract more tourists to book with them and this is an added advantage since even the gorilla permits are reduced to attract more tourists to Uganda.
More so, Congo has got a raised topography and this means that its climate is cool, however, if you are planning to come for a gorilla trek, it’s really important to notice the easiest trekking conditions despite the low rates in the low season, this means that the best time to come for gorilla trekking is during the two dry seasons of January and February and from June to September and the gorilla trekking is more ease due to the fact that they are feeding in the lowland areas ( Check for the diet of Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega).