Best Time to Visit – Budongo

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and frequently visits Uganda. She and her husband are a travel photography/writing team with many Africa guidebooks under their belt, including the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda

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Watching wildlife and tracking chimpanzees in Budongo Forest is good all year long. It is best from December to March and also in June and July when rainfall is less.

Best Time December to March and June to July (Easier to track chimps)
High Season June to September (Most people visit Uganda at this time because it is the peak season for gorilla trekking)
Low Season March, April, May, October and November (Some lodges and camps in other areas of the country close due to high rainfall)
Best Weather June and July (Lower temperatures and less rainfall)
Worst Weather April, May and August to October (More rainfall, forest trails might become slippery), January and February (It can get uncomfortably hot)

December to February Dry Season

  • Chimpanzee are easier to track, and the trails are drier
  • Lots of sun and very little rain
  • Less chance of catching malaria, as there are fewer mosquitoes
  • January and February can be extremely hot

March to November Wet Season

  • The scenery is green and lush
  • April and May are low season, so it's usually less crowded, and rates might be lower
  • Migratory birds are present
  • Budongo Forest lies in a dry part of the country, so the rains don't tend to interfere with your trip
  • Some roads may become hard to travel, and forest trails become slippery

Best Time to Go to Uganda by Major Park

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