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Uganda

January Overview

January falls within the short dry season. This is a good time to travel to Uganda for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest and gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park. The dry weather means that the forests are less muddy and the tracks are less slippery, however the tropical climate means that there could be rain at any time. Uganda can be very hot and humid in January, however the altitude of the forests means that temperatures are cooler and you shouldn’t find the heat too uncomfortable when you’re on your treks.

The dry months of January-February are also great for game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife encounters are heightened by sparse vegetation and a lack of water forces animals to congregate by waterholes making their movements more predictable. 

February Overview

February falls within the short dry season. This is a good time to travel to Uganda for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest and gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park. The dry weather means that the forests are less muddy and the tracks are less slippery, however the tropical climate means that there could be rain at any time. Uganda can be very hot and humid in February, however the altitude of the forests means that temperatures are cooler and you shouldn’t find the heat too uncomfortable when you’re on your treks.

The dry months of January-February are also great for game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife encounters are heightened by sparse vegetation and a lack of water forces animals to congregate by waterholes making their movements more predictable. 

March Overview

The long rainy season begins in March and lasts until mid-May. This is not generally considered the best time to travel to Uganda, however if you’re not worried about experiencing some rain during your trip it can be a great time to visit.

You can still track chimpanzees and gorillas at this time of year, however you’ll need to be prepared for the wet weather – you’ll need good quality waterproof clothing and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the forests.

If you’re planning to visit Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, you should bear in mind that heavy downpours are likely, however these usually occur in the afternoons so it is still possible to enjoy morning or early evening game drives. As the rainfall increases landscapes become lush and green, however wildlife viewing can be more challenging during the rainy season because the animals tend to disperse due to the large amount of surface water and you won’t find large concentrations of wildlife congregating around waterholes.

You should bear in mind that the roads can become very muddy and slippery and some lodges are inaccessible so they close during this period.

If you’re a bird enthusiast the long rainy season is a great time to visit Uganda as there is a lot of bird activity. There are various migratory birds in the park at this time, many of the residence birds are in breeding plumage, and it is generally birding season.

April Overview

This is the long rainy season and it is not generally considered the best time to travel to Uganda, however if you’re not worried about experiencing some rain during your trip it can be a great time to visit.

You can still track chimpanzees and gorillas at this time of year, however you’ll need to be prepared for the wet weather – you’ll need good quality waterproof clothing and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the forests.

If you’re planning to visit Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, you should bear in mind that heavy downpours are likely, however these usually occur in the afternoons so it is still possible to enjoy morning or early evening game drives. As the rainfall increases landscapes become lush and green, however wildlife viewing can be more challenging during the rainy season because the animals tend to disperse due to the large amount of surface water and you won’t find large concentrations of wildlife congregating around waterholes.

You should bear in mind that the roads can become very muddy and slippery and some lodges are inaccessible so they close during this period.

If you’re a bird enthusiast the long rainy season is a great time to visit Uganda as there is a lot of bird activity. There are various migratory birds in the park at this time, many of the residence birds are in breeding plumage, and it is generally birding season.

May Overview

This is the long rainy season and it is not generally considered the best time to travel to Uganda, however if you’re not worried about experiencing some rain during your trip it can be a great time to visit.

You can still track chimpanzees and gorillas at this time of year, however you’ll need to be prepared for the wet weather – you’ll need good quality waterproof clothing and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the forests.

If you’re planning to visit Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, you should bear in mind that heavy downpours are likely, however these usually occur in the afternoons so it is still possible to enjoy morning or early evening game drives. As the rainfall increases landscapes become lush and green, however wildlife viewing can be more challenging during the rainy season because the animals tend to disperse due to the large amount of surface water and you won’t find large concentrations of wildlife congregating around waterholes.

You should bear in mind that the roads can become very muddy and slippery and some lodges are inaccessible so they close during this period.

If you’re a bird enthusiast the long rainy season is a great time to visit Uganda as there is a lot of bird activity. There are various migratory birds in the park at this time, many of the residence birds are in breeding plumage, and it is generally birding season.

June Overview

June is the start of the long dry season which lasts until October and there is usually a lot of sunshine and very little rain during these months.  

This is the most popular time to travel to Uganda and it is considered the months for tracking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the forests.  

This is also the optimum time for safaris in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park as wildlife is easier to spot because the animals are drawn out of the dense bushes and closer to the water sources.

There are hardly any mosquitoes so the chances of getting malaria on a safari to Uganda during this season are very low.

July Overview

July falls within the long dry season and there is usually a lot of sunshine and very little rain during these months.  

This is the most popular time to travel to Uganda and it is considered the months for tracking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the forests. 

This is also the optimum time for safaris in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park as wildlife is easier to spot because the animals are drawn out of the dense bushes and closer to the water sources.

There are hardly any mosquitoes so the chances of getting malaria on a safari to Uganda during this season are very low.

August Overview

This is the long dry season and there is usually a lot of sunshine and very little rain during August.   

This is the most popular time to travel to Uganda and it is considered the months for tracking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the forests. 

This is also the optimum time for safaris in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park as wildlife is easier to spot because the animals are drawn out of the dense bushes and closer to the water sources.

There are hardly any mosquitoes so the chances of getting malaria on a safari to Uganda during this season are very low.

September Overview

September is within the long dry season and there is usually a lot of sunshine and very little rain during these months.  

This is the most popular time to travel to Uganda and it is considered the months for tracking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the forests. 

This is also the optimum time for safaris in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park as wildlife is easier to spot because the animals are drawn out of the dense bushes and closer to the water sources.

There are hardly any mosquitoes so the chances of getting malaria on a safari to Uganda during this season are very low.

October Overview

October falls within the long dry season and there is usually a lot of sunshine and very little rain during these months.  

This is the most popular time to travel to Uganda and it is considered the best time for tracking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Although this is the dry season there is still a chance of rain as weather can be unpredictable in the forests. 

This is also the optimum time for safaris in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park as wildlife is easier to spot because the animals are drawn out of the dense bushes and closer to the water sources.

There are hardly any mosquitoes so the chances of getting malaria on a safari to Uganda during this season are very low.

November Overview

November sees the start of the short rainy season. You can expect short heavy downpours, but there tends to be blue skies between the showers.  If you’re not opposed to some arduous trekking and potential rain, it is possible to track gorillas at this time, but please bear in mind that this is not the optimum time and you should expect muddy, slippery conditions in the forests.

The Ugandan countryside is green and lush at this time of year which offers some wonderful photographic opportunities. However game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park can be more challenging because the vegetation is dense, making it harder to locate and observe wildlife.

December Overview

December see the start of the short dry season (December-February) so this is a good time to travel to Uganda. The landscape is lush and photogenic following the short rainy season and the ground underfoot will start to dry out, making gorilla and chimpanzee trekking more manageable.

This is a popular month to travel and it is essential you book in advance to secure gorilla tracking permits and to ensure your preferred lodges are available. 

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