When Is The Best Time To Visit Uganda?

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Uganda Equator line

The best time to visit Uganda is from December to February and June and August, which are the country’s two dry seasons.

These times are the best for trekking gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda.Wildlife game viewing in Savannah game parks of Uganda is also best during dry seasons when wildlife is concentrated around water sources.

However, with a diverse geography and a moderate climate, Uganda is considered a great year-round Africa safari destination. A rainy season visit – between mid-March to May and again between September and November – is well worth considering.

You’ll avoid the peak-season crowds and take advantage of lower, off-season rates for Uganda safari lodges.

Best Time to Visit Uganda – A Month By Month Guide

1. Visiting Uganda in January & February

January

Chimpanzee

January is a hot month in Uganda.

And this weather is perfect for mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Parks.

There is less rain and more sunshine. The skies are clear. You can observe gorilla families and chimpanzee communities on the move through the verdant tropical rainforests, an amazingly connective encounter with Mother Nature and her fantastic wild creatures.

January is also a fantastic month for watching migratory birds in Uganda. Migratory birds are superb subject for keen photographers.

Average Climate in January

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (28°C)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (18°C)
  • Average rainfall (50mm)
  • Average daylight (12 hours)

February

February in Uganda is quite a dry month.

This makes it an ideal time to pay a visit to the parks in the southwest do gorilla trekking – without having to trek in muddy conditions.

Like January, February is also a great time game viewing.

Boat safaris on the Nile River to the bottom of Murchison Falls and Glazing Channel boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth Park are brilliant during this month.

Wildlife tends to gather at the water sources.

Average Climate in February

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (28oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (18oC)
  • Average rainfall (61mm)
  • Average daylight (12 hours)

2. Visiting Uganda from March & May

March

Sheobill

The month of March marks the beginning of the first rainfall season in Uganda. Days are comfortably warm and temperatures are pleasant.

This is the perfect opportunity to spot the animals in the parks giving birth to their young. Birdwatchers will be mesmerized by an array of winged beauties.

Average Climate in March

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (27oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (18oC)
  • Average rainfall (175mm)
  • Average daylight (12 hours)

April

April is the wettest month of the year in Uganda.

Some roads may be muddy and impassable due to the consistent downpour. And the national parks are far quieter in April.

However, this is a best time to take advantage of discounted rates for hotels, Uganda safari lodges, and Uganda safari tour packages. But you should note that it may be a wet-weather journey.

April Climate Averages

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (26oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (19oC)
  • Average rainfall (175mm)
  • Average daylight (12 hours)

May

May is the end of the first rainfall season in Uganda. The rainfall is not quite as much rainfall as April. Despite the weather being wet in Uganda during this period, this can be a lovely time to explore the surrounding areas. The landscapes will be lush and verdant. The vegetation will create stunning backdrops for photography.

May Climate Averages

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (25oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (17oC)
  • Average rainfall (147mm)
  • Average daylight (12 hours)

3. Visiting Uganda Between June & August

June

June marks the beginning of the first dry season of Uganda. It is one of the best times to visit Uganda. It is the start of the peak season for luxury Uganda safaris.

When it comes to booking a gorilla trekking in Uganda, we advise that you book in advance, especially for gorilla permits, to avoid any unnecessary hassles.

Average Climate in June

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (25oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (17oC)
  • Average rainfall (74mm)
  • Average daylight (12 hours)

July

July is also among the best months for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. The weather conditions are fine weather. The hiking trails are clear of mud and are easier to navigate.

All Uganda safari activities are accessible. Uganda wildlife (wild animals of Uganda) tends to congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot in the national parks.

Average Climate in July

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (25oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (17oC)
  • Average rainfall (46mm)
  • Average daylight (12 hours)

August

August is a fantastic time to visit Uganda’s many national parks. You will enjoy fantastic game viewing. You will have a chance to see elephants, buffalo, hippos, and lions. You may even encounter the elusive leopard. We advise you book accommodation well in advance.

Average Climate in August

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (25oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (16oC)
  • Average rainfall (86mm)
  • Average daylight (12 Hours)

4. Visiting Uganda from September to December

September

September is usually the end of the first dry season in Uganda. And depending on when the rains arrive, you may experience some rainfall on your Uganda safari.

This is not an ideal time of year for Uganda gorilla safaris. But, if you can brave the possibility of wet weather, you certainly save on accommodation and other travel costs.

Average Climate in September

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (27oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (17oC)
  • Average rainfall (91mm)
  • Average daylight (12 Hours)

October

The month of October is not a busy month when visiting Uganda. Prices are reasonable. Most of the game parks are still accessible at this time, but the rainfall can be a little unpredictable.

Averages Climate in October

  • Day time average maximum temperature (27oC)
  • Nighttime average minimum temperature (17oC)
  • Average rainfall (97mm)
  • Average daylight (12 Hours)

November

During November the rainfall continues in Uganda.

Uganda countryside dry plains turn a vibrant green. There are fewer visitors this month because of less than ideal weather conditions.

Average Climate in November

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (27oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (17oC)
  • Average rainfall (122mm)
  • Average daylight (12 Hours)

December

Mountain Gorilla

December is the end of the wet season when rainfall eases off.

It is a great time of the year to visit Uganda for safaris. This is a good time to travel to the northern region (Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park).

The southern regions are also great for game viewing, chimpanzee trekking, and gorilla trekking safari tours. Plus, it’s one of the best seasons for bird watching tours in Uganda, with a wide variety of migratory birds making their way into the area.

Average Climate in Dcember

  • Day-time average maximum temperature (27oC)
  • Night-time average minimum temperature (17oC)
  • Average rainfall (99mm)
  • Average daylight (12 Hours)

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