When Is The Best Time To Visit Uganda?

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Uganda?

Wondering when is the best time to visit Uganda? You’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the “Pearl of Africa”, a country packed with diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife and warm-hearted people. 

If you’re planning to visit – (and if you’re into jungles, trekking and gorilla-spying, why on earth wouldn’t you be heading to the Pearl?!) – you’ll want to know when’s the best time to visit Uganda? 

On this page, we’ll run you through the need-to-knows and tell you when’s the best time to visit Uganda to avoid heavy downpours and the hottest weather, plus when you can avoid getting caught up by crowds of tourists. 

Let’s get straight into it with a month-by-month breakdown of the weather in Uganda.

What’s the weather like in Uganda in January and February? 

The weather in Uganda in January and February is pretty darn hot, dry too. Temperatures range between 25°C and 30°C (77°F – 86°F), but those lovely clear skies provide excellent opportunities for witnessing wildlife and exploring Uganda’s national parks.

March to May: what’s the weather like in Uganda? 

Mack-a-phones, look away now. This period experiences more rainfall and higher humidity levels with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 28°C (75°F-82°F).

Despite the rain, it’s a great time to visit Uganda for adventurers travelling on a shoestring, as accommodation prices are often lower. The countryside is lush and green during this season too! 

What is Uganda like from June to August?

June to August in Uganda is generally characterised by sporadic rainfall and cooler temperatures, ranging from 20°C to 25°C (68°F-77°F). 

Animals start gathering around water sources more during these months, making them pretty ideal for spotting wildlife, exploring national parks and enjoying the great outdoors.

What’s the weather like in Uganda from September to October?

We’re heading into the beginning of the dry season with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F-86°F), and the weather’s generally sunny.

Wildlife is still abundant, and the landscape is beautifully green from the recent rains. The perfect conditions for gorilla trekking!

Uganda’s weather in November to December

Uganda’s short rainy season kicks in during these months, with temperatures ranging from 23°C to 28°C (73°F-82°F).

Despite occasional showers, November and December offer fantastic opportunities for bird watching, since this is the time that migratory birds arrive in Uganda.

Uganda forest at sunset - gorilla trekking Uganda

Now you know about the weather in Uganda, when can you expect to bump into the most tourists?

Generally speaking, Uganda experiences two peak tourist seasons, from June to September and December to February. 

June to September

The primary tourist season from June to September falls in with Uganda’s dry season, so you’ve got pleasant temperatures and fewer mosquitoes to contend with.

If you’re travelling to Uganda between June and September, you’re always best off booking accommodation and permits well in advance, as this is generally the most popular time for activities like gorilla trekking

December to February

Once the rain’s died down, the weather tends to be dry and warm. Add Christmas and New Year into the mix and you’ve got more tourists visiting Uganda. 

Again, booking as far in advance as possible to accommodation permits means you won’t need to worry about doing all the amazing things you always wanted to or staying in the amazing lodgings you’ve dreamed of too. 

When Is The Best Time To Visit Uganda?

When is the best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park? 

Our gorilla trekking expedition includes an absolutely awe-inspiring journey through the jungle in the depths of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. 

There might be a few more tourists about in the towns, but June to September and December to February do tend to offer the best conditions for gorilla trekking.

The trails are less muddy, visibility is better, and the gorillas can usually be found at lower altitudes, minimising the physical demands of your trek.

Gorilla trekking permits are limited, so it’s crucial to secure them well in advance, especially if you are visiting during the peak tourist seasons.

All your permits and accommodation is taken care of for you when you go gorilla trekking in Uganda with The Bucket List Company. 

In fact, the only thing you really need to think about is what to pack – and we’ll give you a list for that too! 

If you’ve dreamt of seeing these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat, and you want to find out what Uganda’s all about on the adventure of a lifetime, make sure you check out the itinerary for our gorilla trekking tour. 

If you don’t book it now, will you ever? 

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