Best Time to Visit – Murchison Falls NP

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 in Murchison Falls National Park is generally good and at its best during the Dry season, from December to February. However, January and February can be very hot and scenery is more beautiful during the Wet season from June to November.

Best Time December to February (Easier to spot animals)
High Season June to September (The peak time for gorilla trekking, more people visit Uganda and Murchison Falls NP)
Low Season March, April, May, October and November (High rainfall could lead to accommodations closing in other parks)
Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)
Worst Weather April, May and August to October (Higher rainfall, but seldom enough to interfere with your safari)

December to February Dry Season

  • Animals are found more easily since vegetation is thinner and wildlife gathers at water sources
  • Plenty of sun and almost no rain
  • Mosquitoes are fewer, so there is less risk of malaria
  • The heat in January and February can be unbearable

June to November Wet Season

  • The landscape is lush with greenery
  • April and May are low season, so there are fewer people around, and rates may be lower
  • The park offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year
  • Migratory birds can be found
  • Murchison Falls lies in a dry part of the country, and the rains rarely interfere with your safari
  • Some roads may become hard to travel after heavy downpours

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Uganda by Major Park

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