​Overview – Uganda

Philip Briggs
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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.

Uganda is a great destination to view wildlife in both forest and savannah. Not to be missed is gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable or Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, while chimps can easily be spotted in Kibale National Park and several other locations. Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks offer wonderful savannah safaris with good wildlife viewing, as does the more remote Kidepo Valley National Park.

Rates (USD) $275 to $701 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 & 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
  • Big Five not as easily seen as in some other safari countries
  • Relatively long driving times between parks on bad roads

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Wildlife

Elephant, hippo, buffalo and zebra are plentiful in Uganda. Lion, giraffe and white rhino are more localized but easily seen in the right location. Leopard are less certain. The birding is a real highlight with more than 1,000 species recorded. So is the tracking of primates, in particular gorilla and chimp, but there are many other species worth watching. The antelope known as the Uganda kob is found in most savannah reserves and is a favorite prey of 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 August) broken up by a pair of Wet seasons.

Best Time To Visit

The drier months from June to August and December to February are the best for wildlife watching in Uganda. 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 trekking adventure.

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Tim Bewer  –  
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Tim is a travel writer who has covered 10 African countries for Lonely Planet's Africa, East Africa and West Africa guidebooks.

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3/5

Let’s be clear right up front. Because Uganda’s parks suffered such a massive poaching scourge during the turbulent 1980s, it is a generally seen a second-tier safari destination by comparison to its neighbors Kenya and Tanzania. But...

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Dieter Fenner  –  
Switzerland CH
Reviewed: Feb 22, 2024
very beautiful country, pleasant climate, with friendly people and delicious food
5/5

we booked a safary by Karumuna Safari. we got the chance to see lots of the beauty of the country, especially the western part. we came across many different landscapes, from very fertile parts to the savannahs'. also the many different...

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