​Best Time To Visit – Queen Elizabeth NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Uganda.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Uganda.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Uganda.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Uganda.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park is open all year long, but wildlife viewing is at its best from January to February and June to July (the Dry seasons). However, this scenic park is at its most beautiful in the Wet seasons from March to May and August to December. April, May, October and November are very wet months and during that time, the rain might interfere with your safari.


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Best Time January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season June to September (There are many visitors in Uganda as this is a premium time for gorilla trekking)
Low Season April, May, October and November (There are fewer people in the park)
Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)
Worst Weather April, May and September to November (High rainfall, some roads become impassable)

January to February & June to July Dry Seasons

  • Wildlife is easier to spot as vegetation thins and animals gather around water sources
  • Drier trails make chimp trekking easier
  • Sunny days are plentiful
  • The best time for birding is late May to September
  • Views aren't as good due to the hazy air

March to May & August to December Wet Seasons

  • You will see a decent amount of wildlife year-round
  • The landscape is beautiful and green
  • Migratory birds can be spotted from November to April
  • 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

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