When is the Best Time to Visit Uganda?

The best time to visit Uganda is between its two dry seasons: December to February and between June and August. These times are the best for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Game viewing in Uganda's savannah parks is best at the end of the dry seasons – February and March and September/early October – when wildlife is concentrated around water sources.

Month by Month Guide for Travelling to Uganda

Visiting Uganda from January & February

a close up of a gorilla in Uganda

January is a hot month and this weather is perfect for encountering chimpanzees and the endangered mountain gorillas, in some of the best places to visit in Uganda. The skies are clear, there is less rain and more sunshine. You can observe families on the move through the lush forests, a spectacularly connective experience with Mother Nature and her wild creatures.

February is quite a dry month which makes it an ideal time to pay a visit to the national parks in the south, and to do some gorilla trekking - without having to trek in muddy conditions. The north of the country can be quite hot and dusty during this period.

 

Travelling to Uganda from March to May

Aerial photo of Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in Uganda

March marks the beginning of the first rainfall season. This is the perfect opportunity to spot the animals in the parks giving birth to their young and birdwatchers will be treated to an array of colourful, winged beauties.

April is by far the wettest month of the year. Many roads may be closed due to the consistent downpour and the parks are far quieter. However, this is a great time to take advantage of discounted rates for hotels, lodges, Uganda safari tours, and even on gorilla trekking permits – bearing in mind it will be a wet-weather journey.

May is another rainy month across the country, although there isn’t quite as much rainfall as April. Despite the weather in Uganda during this period, this can be a lovely time to explore the surrounding areas.

 

Visiting Uganda from June to August

A guide and lady standing in the forest gorilla trekking in Uganda

June is one of the best times to visit Uganda and it is the start of the peak season for luxury Uganda safaris. When it comes to booking a gorilla trek, we advise that you book well in advance, especially for permits, to avoid any unnecessary hassles.

July is one of the best months for gorilla trekking and safaris in Uganda. The wildlife often tend to congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot in the national parks. This is a great time for seeing gorillas in Uganda, mostly due to the fine weather conditions – the hiking trails are clear of mud and are easier to navigate.

When visiting Uganda in August, anyone in search of fantastic game viewing will have the chance to not only see elephants and lions, they may even encounter the elusive leopard. This is pegged as one of the best times to visit Uganda’s many national parks.

 

Visiting Uganda from September to December

Luxury forest camp decking in Uganda

September is usually classed as the end of the dry season, but depending on when the rains arrive, you may experience some downpours on your safari. This is not an ideal time of year for gorilla trekking, however if you can brave the possibility of wet weather, you will certainly save on lodging and other travel costs.

October is not a busy month when visiting Uganda. Prices are reasonable and this is a good time of year for specials on gorilla trekking permits. Most of the game parks are still accessible at this time, but the rainfall can be a little unpredictable.

During November the rain continues. The dry plains in the countryside turn a vibrant green due to all the thunderstorms, but there are fewer visitors this month because of less than ideal weather conditions.

December is the end of the wet season when rainfall eases off, making it a great month to visit Uganda. This is a good time to travel to the northern and southern regions for game viewing. Plus, it’s one of the best seasons for birdwatching, with a wide variety of migratory birds making their way into the area.

 

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