When is the best time to visit Uganda?
Uganda can be visited all year round, with temperatures barely changing throughout the seasons. However, the country is at its best during its two dry seasons between December and February and between June and August, when conditions are particularly good for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Game spotting in national parks is also good at this time, as well as between February and March and from September through to early October when large numbers of wildlife can be seen at waterholes. Uganda is also fabulous for bird spotting all year round.
James, Africa Safari Specialist
Trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees is a great experience regardless of the time of year. Our summer, between June and August, is a great time to travel to Uganda as the roads are in better condition and visibility is good for game viewing.
Uganda Climate Guide
|Bwindi Impenetrable Forest||77°F 4"||77°F 4"||77°F 5"||75°F 7"||75°F 5"||75°F 2"||77°F 2"||77°F 4"||77°F 5"||75°F 6"||75°F 7"||75°F 5"|
|Jinja||84°F 2"||84°F 3"||84°F 5"||82°F 8"||81°F 6"||81°F 3"||81°F 3"||81°F 3"||82°F 4"||82°F 5"||82°F 6"||82°F 4"|
|Kampala||82°F 2"||82°F 3"||82°F 5"||81°F 7"||79°F 5"||79°F 3"||77°F 2"||79°F 3"||81°F 4"||81°F 5"||81°F 6"||81°F 4"|
|Kibale Forest National Park||86°F 1"||86°F 2"||84°F 4"||82°F 7"||82°F 5"||81°F 3"||81°F 3"||81°F 5"||81°F 6"||81°F 6"||82°F 5"||82°F 2"|
|Lake Mburo||81°F 2"||82°F 2"||81°F 4"||79°F 5"||79°F 3"||79°F 1"||81°F 1"||81°F 2"||81°F 3"||81°F 4"||79°F 4"||79°F 3"|
|Queen Elizabeth National Park||86°F 1"||86°F 2"||86°F 3"||84°F 5"||84°F 3"||84°F 2"||84°F 1"||86°F 3"||86°F 4"||84°F 4"||84°F 4"||84°F 2"|
Month-by-month guide to traveling in Uganda
- January - February Jan - Feb
- March - May Mar - May
- June - August Jun - Aug
- September - October Sep - Oct
- November Nov
- December Dec
Visiting Uganda in January - February
Considered a dry season, this is one of the best times to visit Uganda, although rainfall can be expected here in any month. Wildlife spotting is particularly good at this time of year as there is less vegetation to obstruct your view and a variety of wildlife can be seen seeking waterholes. This is also a great time for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, while bird watchers can enjoy spotting migratory birds.
Visiting Uganda in March - May
Considered one of Uganda's wet seasons. Parks are lush and green and animals give birth to their young. It's also an excellent time to spot migratory birds. Heavy rain showers are frequent so the roads can often be in bad condition. As such expect bumpier journeys.
Visiting Uganda in June - August
This is one of the best times to visit Uganda and is considered a dry season, although rainfall can still be expected. It is particularly good for wildlife spotting as there is less vegetation to obstruct your view and a variety of wildlife can be seen seeking waterholes. It's also a great time for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
Visiting Uganda in September - October
A good time to visit, although rainfall can be expected. There are still excellent opportunities to observe wildlife as vegetation remains low and animals continue to seek out waterholes.
Visiting Uganda in November
Considered a wet season, November sees dry plains gradually turn green in the national parks as heavy rain showers fall across the landscape. It is a good time to see migratory birds
Visiting Uganda in December
You can expect some rainfall during December, but wildlife spotting opportunities are good. This is also a great time for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as for spotting a variety of migratory birds.
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