October is a great time to see the wildlife in Kenya, and it is the start of a period for great diving and snorkelling on the Kenyan Coast, so we’d definitely recommend Kenya if you are looking for a gorillas, wildlife and beach type of safari. If you want to combine Rwanda with Uganda, there may be the chance of seeing some lion vs buffalo action in Kidepo, and the other wildlife in parks such as Queen Elizabeth National Park is excellent.
October is the start of the short rains. Unlike the long rains in March and April, showers are often in quick heavy bursts, and shouldn’t affect your day too much. You can get the odd thunderstorm too, which can be incredibly dramatic, especially if you get to watch from the comfort of your lodge.
With the extra precipitation, trees and plants start to flower, making landscapes ever more green and that bit more beautiful, bringing with them lots more birdlife. This means October can be excellent for photography, and for birding. It is also a good time to track the gorillas. You can get rain at any time here, so the short rains shouldn’t put you off. In fact, some rain on your gorilla trek, although it makes the trek slightly more difficult, can make for the most stunning photographs of the gorillas in the rain; wet hair tents to curl, especially on the younger gorillas.