Best Time to Visit – 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

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The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can't avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.

Best Time June to August and December to February (All parks)
High Season June to September (It's rarely crowded, but you'll need to book your gorilla permits long in advance)
Low Season March, April, May, October, November (Some lodges and camps in high rainfall areas close down; roads and forest trails can be in poor condition)
Best Weather June-July and January-February (Little rainfall)
Worst Weather March, April and May (Peak of Wet season)

June to August and December to February Dry Season

  • This is the best time for gorilla tracking because these are the drier months
  • In the savannah reserves, vegetation is less and animals gather around water sources, making wildlife easier to spot
  • Even during the high season (June to September) the parks don't feel crowded
  • The skies are clear; there is less rain and more sunshine
  • Gorilla permits need to be booked very far in advance

March to May and September to November Wet Season

  • The scenery of the savannah reserves is greener – it's low season, resulting in lower rates
  • Although wildlife in the savannah reserves is easier to spot in the Dry season, you'll still see plenty, including newborn animals
  • Some of the roads get very bad and cars often get stuck; forest trails can become slippery and challenging
  • You won't be able to change your expensive gorilla permit if it pours with rain; departures go as scheduled

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Best Time to go to Uganda by Major Park

All parks are best visited during the Dry season from June to August and December to February.

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