When is the best time to visit Uganda?
January is the driest month of the year, roads are clear and skies are blue. This is one of the best months to visit for trekking and any outdoor activities, and photographs promise to showcase the best that Uganda has to offer. Since Uganda sits on the equator, the risk of sudden downpours can't be avoided, but these will be exceptions rather than the norm.
The dry season continues into February. Conditions are perfect for trekking, hiking, game drives and wildlife tracking.
Boat safaris are great throughout the dry season as the wildlife flock to the waterholes as downpours are less frequent.
Uganda is a wonderful birding destination year round, but the clear conditions make for better sightings and December through February brings a wealth of migratory birds.
March is the start of the long rainy season in Uganda that runs until May. Downpours can be heavy and persistent, although often occur in late afternoons or overnight.
It's still perfectly possible to enjoy all that Uganda has to offer during this season, including tracking the gorillas and chimpanzees, but the roads become challenging, treks slippery, and the skies overcast with pockets of sunshine illuminating the wilderness throughout the day.
You'll want to bring waterproof clothing and good quality trekking boots.
Gorillas often head to lower, warmer ground in the rainy season which can make sightings easier.
April is the peak of the rainy season and sees the worst of the rains.
Travelling during this period often means cheaper accommodation. The forests come alive in luscious greens, birds flock and you'll feel like you're in the beating heart of Uganda's wilderness.
Roads will be torn up by the rains, so expect a challenging drive!
The final month of the long rainy season. Conditions begin to let up towards the end of the month, but you should still expect heavy rains and tougher roads and treks.
The start of peak season in Uganda. June is a fantastic month to visit the country. The rains have passed but their effects obvious from the outstanding colour of the forests, skies are blue and the trekking routes have dried.
Peak season of course means gorilla permits are likely to be booked up quickly. If you want to travel during these months, you need to book well in advance.
The dry season continues and temperatures are cooler across the country. July is typically the driest month in Uganda, although you should be prepared for showers at any time. Another perfect month for exploring Uganda.
The final month of the dry season, conditions across the country remain perfect. Rainfall is similar to that of early June as the country's short rainy season approaches. For now, skies are blue and access routes easy to traverse.
The rains are a little more frequent than in the drier June to August, but nothing compared to the long rainy season earlier in the year. Roads are clear and trekking routes not too slippery.
The rains aren't enough for the vegetation to blossom like it does during wetter months, and so animals head for the waterholes which makes sightings easier and more frequent.
October marks the end of peak season in Uganda and rains begin to pick up, but it's still much drier than the long rainy season from March to May.
Accommodation often drops in price again, but other than that it's very much business as usual.
November is the second rainy season in Uganda. The rains are less dramatic than those of March to April, but they are severe enough for roads to become tough to traverse and trekking routes a challenge. Some lodges will close in the worst affected regions.
You can still travel in November, just as you can during the long rainy season earlier in the year. You just have to be prepared for showers and greyer skies.
The forests are beautiful, savannah's turn from brown to green, and migratory birds flock to the country. It's wet, but still a wondrous time to visit this amazing country.
As the seasons come back around, the rains calm and the dry season returns.
December is the start of the dry season that lasts until February (and comes back around again from June to September). Some of the short rains linger into December, but these are usually unremarkable and won't distract you from the gorillas and chimps.
The wildlife returns to the waterholes and access is great across the country. What's more, Christmas is a big celebration in Uganda so the country is buzzing with festivities.
Temperatures in Uganda are very consistent throughout the year. The major factor that determines the temperature is the altitude. Warm days in the lowlands sit between 25-30°C, with highland areas averaging 15-20°C. Early mornings, evenings, and nights in the highlands can get quite cold, and since you're on the equator, you have to be ready for showers no matter when you're travelling.
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