Overview – Uganda

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

Uganda is a great destination to experience wildlife viewing in both forest and savannah. Not to be missed is gorilla tracking in Bwindi; while chimps can easily be spotted in Kibale National Park. Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls national parks offer wonderful savannah safaris with good wildlife viewing, but animals are not as abundant compared to the top parks of Kenya and Tanzania.

Rates (USD) $206 to $523 pp/day
Best Time to Go June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (It's rarely crowded)
Size 241,038km² / 93,065mi²

Pros and Cons

  • One of the very few places to see endangered mountain gorillas
  • Combine primate viewing with a classic savannah safari
  • Good balance between vehicle, boat and walking activities
  • Excellent birding
  • Scenic beauty
  • Young, relatively inexperienced tourist industry

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Wildlife

Elephant, hippo, buffalo and zebra are plentiful in Uganda, with giraffe and leopard less so. The birding in the country is a real highlight. So is the tracking of primates, in particular gorilla and chimp, but there are many other species worth watching. These include the red-tailed monkey and the grey-cheeked mangabey. The antelope known as the Uganda kob is found pretty much everywhere and is a favorite of predators such as the lion.

Weather & Climate

Uganda’s tropical climate is a little different in the north and south of the country. From March to November, the north experiences a rainy and warm Wet season, followed by an almost equally warm Dry season from December to February. The south, on the other hand has a pair of Dry seasons (December to February, and June to July) broken up by a pair of Wet seasons. The country’s higher altitudes get predictably cold, with the temperature dropping 6°C/3.5°F for every 1000m/1000ft you climb.

Best Time to Visit

The drier months from June to August and December to February are the best for wildlife watching in Uganda. This is particularly so when it comes to the rainforest habitat preferred by primates, but it also applies down on the savannah where animals have little bush to hide in. There’s also plentiful sunshine at this time. In the wetter months, there’s the possibility that rain will cut off roads and wash out your primate tracking adventure.

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Let’s be clear right up front. Because Uganda’s parks suffered such a massive poaching scourge during the turbulent 1980s it is a second tier safari destination in comparison to its neighbors Kenya and Tanzania. Though that does not...

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The result of wildlife rating should be very much better if I would have taken part on gorilla or chimpanzee tracking. Without the mentioned animals you can`` t compare the wildlife with countries as in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe,...