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Best Time To Visit Uganda

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  • JAN
    Jan
    Avg Daily: 27 °C 81 °F Avg Nightly: 19 °C 66 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 58 mm
  • FEB
    Feb
    Avg Daily: 27 °C 81 °F Avg Nightly: 19 °C 66 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 61 mm
  • MAR
    Mar
    Avg Daily: 27 °C 81 °F Avg Nightly: 19 °C 66 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 122 mm
  • APR
    Apr
    Avg Daily: 26 °C 79 °F Avg Nightly: 19 °C 66 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 179 mm
  • MAY
    May
    Avg Daily: 26 °C 79 °F Avg Nightly: 19 °C 66 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 132 mm
  • JUN
    Jun
    Avg Daily: 25 °C 77 °F Avg Nightly: 19 °C 66 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 66 mm
  • JUL
    Jul
    Avg Daily: 25 °C 77 °F Avg Nightly: 18 °C 64 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 53 mm
  • AUG
    Aug
    Avg Daily: 25 °C 77 °F Avg Nightly: 18 °C 64 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 88 mm
  • SEP
    Sep
    Avg Daily: 26 °C 79 °F Avg Nightly: 18 °C 64 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 101 mm
  • OCT
    Oct
    Avg Daily: 26 °C 79 °F Avg Nightly: 18 °C 64 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 118 mm
  • NOV
    Nov
    Avg Daily: 26 °C 79 °F Avg Nightly: 18 °C 64 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 139 mm
  • DEC
    Dec
    Avg Daily: 26 °C 79 °F Avg Nightly: 18 °C 64 °F
    Avg Rainfall: 94 mm

Known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda has beautiful nature and rich wildlife. Kampala is its advancing capital. This small country gathers all the best Africa has to offer. It prides on lush forests, high mountains, plains and many other natural beauties. The country is famous as the habitat of Mountain Gorillas. There is so much to do in Uganda! So, let's find out when is the best time to visit Uganda for enjoying them.

The high seasons are the best times to visit Uganda
The huge but serene looking Lake Victoria lies mainly in Uganda and Tanzania with a small portion in Kenya

Quick Facts

  • High Seasons: December to January and June to September
  • Low Season: March to May and October to November
  • All Seasons: December to January (high season), February (shoulder season), March to May (low season), June to September (high season), October to November (low season).

Each of the high season is the right time for travelling to Uganda. Rainfall determines the seasons here and it is the lowest in these periods. Uganda receives the highest rainfall from March to May. Forest trails become slippery and roads muddy. The low season in October and November features less rain. During these periods, you can benefit of lower rates. February is a transitional month between dry and wet seasons. Less tourists visit Uganda and lodges aren't fully booked. Besides the high seasons, February is also fine for travelling to the country.

Seasonal Overview

December to January – High Season

December - January is the best time to visit Uganda for gorilla tracking
Mountain Gorillas are one of the protected species in Uganda and are found in the national parks. 

December may receive a higher amount of rainfall, but this period is still a dry season in Uganda. The skies are clear and wildlife watching in national parks is excellent. Book your lodging and trekking permits well in advance since the authorities issue a limited number of these.

Average temperature: 64°F - 81°F / 18°C - 27°C  (for Kampala)

Rainfall: around 150 mm

Season: Dry / Winter

Highlights: This is the second best time to visit Uganda, since dry season lures animals to waterholes. Vegetation is scarce compared to wet seasons and you will spot wildlife easy in the national parks of Uganda. This period is one of the two best for gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park.

February – Shoulder Season

February is the best time to go to Uganda to see the tree climbing lions
If you visit around February, head to Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the tree climbing lions hanging lazily on tree branches

February is a dry month that sees less tourists. Hence, you will find lodging and get permits easy. February is one of the months that receive the least rainfall and the vegetation is even scarcer. Hence, the animal-watching activities are great.

Average temperature: 66°F - 81°F / 19°C - 27°C (for Kampala)

Rainfall: 61 mm

Season: Dry / Winter

Highlights: In February, you are likely to benefit of favorable rates and available lodgings. If you intend to visit as many national parks as possible, this period is the best time to travel to Uganda. February is the ideal time to visit Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale and other parks.

March to May – Low Season

March to May is the best time to visit Uganda to see the Murchison Falls
The powerful Murchison Falls is another beautiful attraction of Uganda and is a protected area as well

The low season receives the highest rainfall in Uganda. Plains become green and you can see newborn wildlife. Rates are lower and the rains are usually short. So, you will have plenty of time to enjoy safaris and forest tours. All you have to do is to prepare for intense rains.

Average temperature: 66°F - 81°F / 19°C - 27°C (for Kampala)

Rainfall: around 430 mm

Season: Wet / Spring

Highlights: Visiting Murchison Falls would be ideal during this season. Unlike in other parks, the rainfall here won't affect your activities in most cases. Throughout Uganda, tourist rates are lower and bird watching activities (Lake Victoria) are excellent.

June to September – High Season

June is the best time to visit Uganda to see the big wildlife
Visit these gentle giants in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Elephant population is on the rise in Uganda despite the widespread decrease in the recent years.

This high season is the best time to visit Uganda. Weather is nice and animal watching is the best in all national parks. Book the lodging and apply for permits very far in advance. Except in September, the rainfall is low.

Average temperature: 64°F - 79°F / 18°C - 26°C (for Kampala)

Rainfall: around 310 mm

Season: Dry / Summer

Highlights: Wildlife gathers around the waterholes, vegetation is less and you can spot animals easy. Besides to Bwindi, go to Mgahinga Park for gorilla tracking. See chimpanzees in Kibale and big wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

October to November – Low Season

October is the best time to visit Uganda to see the rich wildlife
Take advantage of the low season and go to Queen Elizabeth National Park to view the diverse wildlife like giraffes and migratory birds.

The low season brings lower prices and green nature. The rainfall is less than in the spring, but the weather is still variable.

Average temperature: 64°F - 79°F / 18°C - 26°C (for Kampala) 

Rainfall: around 260 mm

Season: Wet / Fall

Highlights: While rains in other parks may get in your way, safaris in Murchison Falls are the safe bet. There, you can visit the Nile and impressive falls. Also, you can see rich wildlife and migratory birds.

Any of the dry seasons is the right time for seeing animals in national parks. Wet seasons are ideal for enjoying lush nature and wildlife if you don't mind rain. Plan a visit to Uganda during the shoulder seasons if you want to have a combined benefits of both high and low seasons. 

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