Best time to visit Uganda: Best time to go to Uganda for a safari
When to go to Uganda? What is the best time to travel to Uganda? When should I visit Uganda? These are the most frequently asked questions by travelers planning their safari to Uganda.
You can travel to Uganda at any time of the year. However the best time to visit is during dry seasons;
- Between December and February,
- Between June and August
- These 2 dry seasons of Uganda are the best months to see Uganda wildlife and also the perfect months for visitors on Uganda hiking safaris.
- In the savannah reserves, vegetation is less and animals gather around water sources, making wildlife easier to spot.
- Also, primate watching tours in Uganda, including Uganda gorilla treks, and chimpanzee tracking are very easily done during dry seasons.
- The sky is very clear and there is less rain and more sunshine.
- You need to book your Uganda gorilla permits in advance.
Uganda wet season
- April, May, October and November are the wettest months in Uganda
- During this time of the year, some Uganda roads to different safari destinations become very bad and cars often get stuck.
- Forest trails can become slippery and challenging
- During this time camping, gorilla trekking, and mountain hiking become very difficult.
- You won’t be able to change your expensive gorilla permit if it pours with rain; departures go as scheduled.
- Plenty of rainfall also means that wildlife in Uganda savanna parks tends not to congregate conveniently around water sources.
- However, the scenery of the savannah reserves is greener and you’ll still see plenty of Uganda wildlife during wet season.
- There are several newborn animals in Uganda National Parks.
Best time to visit National Parks of Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The park is open for gorilla trekking all year long, but the best times to go Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are from June to August and December to February.
- At these times, the forest trails are drier and therefore less slippery.
- Drier trails make for easy mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda
- Also, your chance of a dry gorilla viewing experience is higher during these months.
- This might result in a better experience and photography will be easier.
- Gorilla permits need to be booked long in advance at any time of the year
The Wet seasons in Bwindi is from March to May and September to November.
- Some access roads may become hard to travel as the trails become slick.
- Forest trails might become slick and hard to use
- It tends to be misty and wet
- Rain might interfere with the experience and taking photos
- However, many localized forest birds are in breeding season and easily located by call.
- A good 4×4 vehicle is essential.
Kibale National Park
Kibale is open for chimpanzee tracking any time of the year. But June and July and December to February are the driest months and are therefore the best times for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda’s Kibale National Park.
- During this time, hiking trails are dry which makes tracking chimpanzees very easy
- Days are lovely and sunny
The wet season in Kibale National Park is March to May and August to Novermber
- Rain can make the forest trails challenging
- Rain might interfere with the experience when watching and photographing the chimps
- However, this is a great time visitor on Uganda birding safaris
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park can be visited at any time of the year. However the best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing is in dry seasons from June to July and June to July.
- During this time wildlife viewing is easier because vegetation is thin, and animals gather around water sources.
- Drier routes make game drive and chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge very easy.
- There are a plenty of sunny days
The wet season in Queen Elizabeth National Park is March to May and August to December.
- Durin the wet season, roads may become inaccessible after heavy rains and forest trails get slippery
- Afternoon thunderstorms should be expected, and it might drizzle for days at a time
- However, you will still see a variety of wildlife
- The scenery is beautiful and green and migratory birds can be spotted.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year. However, viewing wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park is generally good during the dry season from December to February.
- During dry season, animals are spotted easily since they tend to gather around water sources
- There is plenty of plenty of sun and almost no rain
- The risk of Malaria is less since there fewer mosquitoes
- However, the heat in January and February can be unbearable
The wet season in Murchison Falls National Park is from June to November.
- This park is in a dry part of Uganda and the rains rarely interfere with your Uganda safari here
- However, when it rains some roads may become hard to travel
- The scenery is lush with greenery and there is migratory birds
Kidepo Valley National Park
- Spotting wildlife is very easy during the dry season as animal tend to gather around remaining water sources and vegetation thins.
- It generally sunny with few cloudy days
- However it is very hot and dusty
The Wet season months in Kidepo Valley National Park are from April to August.
- During wet season, Kidepo is pleasantly less hot and the scenery is beautiful.
- Migratory birds can be found, and birding is at its best
- However, animals disperse from the valleys, moving to higher ground where they are more difficult to locate.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be done the whole year. However the best time to visit Mgahinga National Park for gorilla trekking is during drier season (June to August and December to January).
- At this time the trails tend to be easier to navigate and spending a precious hour with the gorillas might be more pleasant when it isn’t raining.
- Days are sunny
- Gorilla trekking permits should be booked in advance
February to May and September to November are the wet seasons in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- During wet season, you can still trek the mountain gorillas but trekking is hard and road condition can be bad.
- It might drizzle for days, and it tends to be misty and wet
- Hailstorms are common
- However, migratory birds are present and when the clouds lift, the views are amazing
Lake Mburo National Park
- The dry season present the best game viewing opportunities as the vegetation thins and animal tend to gather around the lake.
- There are plenty sunny days
The wet seasons in Lake Mburo National Park is from March to May and from September to November.
- During the wet season, is also good when animals can be seen in the open valleys
- There are fewer people and accommodation rates might be lower
- Migratory birds are present
- The air is clear, and landscapes are green
- However wet roads may become difficult to negotiate
- Occasional rainstorms may interfere with game drives
- A good 4×4 vehicle is essential.
Semulik National Park
The hot dry time is January to February and is a good time to visit.
It rains anytime from October to December and March to May when many roads become become challenging to use. A good 4×4 vehicle is essential.