Best Time to Visit – Queen Elizabeth 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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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, August and September are very wet months and during that time, the rain might interfere with your safari.

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 October (High rainfall, some roads become impassable)

January to February and 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 and 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
  • 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

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Uganda by Major Park

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    JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
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    NovN
    DecD
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    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
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    JunJ
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    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD

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