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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in January.
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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in February.
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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in March.
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!
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in April.
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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in May.
The start of peak season in Uganda. June is a fantastic month to visit the country. The rains have passed, but their impact can be clearly seen 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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in June.
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.
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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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in August.
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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in September.
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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in October.
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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in November.
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.
Check out our full guide on visiting Uganda in December.
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.
Our most popular trips
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
Classic Gorilla Fly-In Safari
If you had the chance to trek through lush forests; to stand metres away from a family of Mountain Gorillas - deep in the heart of Central Africa - would you take it? This 4-day adventure works great as a…
- 4 Days
Luxury Gorilla Fly-in Safari
Board a Cessna light aircraft and head into the southwestern pocket of Uganda. Trek through the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of the mountain gorillas. Retreat to luxury lodges for sundowners and delicious food. Hard days, soft…
- 4 Days
Uganda's Epic Southwest
Open top road trips looping through Uganda's epic southwestern pocket; this is the safari adventure of your imagination. Track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, go in search of gorillas in Bwindi, cruise the savannah plains of Queens, and look out for…
- 14 Days
The full western circuit complete with luxury lodges, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, and the best safaris Uganda has to offer. Close out your adventure with kayaking and canoeing on the rapids of the river Nile.…
- 16 Days
Murchison and Kibale Driving Safari
Discover the exceptional bio-diversity of Uganda by combining the beautiful savannah grasslands of Murchison Falls National Park with chimpanzee trekking in the forests of Kibale National Park. Connect the dots with epic road trips looping through northwestern Uganda.…
- 7 Days
Chimpanzee & Gorilla Fly-In Safari
Combine chimp trekking in Kibale Forest with mountain gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A well-paced highlights tour unlocking some of Uganda's most impressive experiences. Consider breaking up the journey from Kibale to Bwindi with a classic safari at…
- 7 Days
Gorilla Treks & Lake Retreats
Combine gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with beautiful lakeside retreats at Lake Mutanda. Tough treks and primate encounters paired with idyllic, calming lakes and oases make for an unforgettable experience in this remote pocket of Uganda.…
- 6 Days
Luxury Northern Explorer
Beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a undercurrent of the wild vastness of central Africa that lies just beyond the borders, the north of Uganda beckons adventurers who dream of exploring the frontiers. It's proper adventuring, but luxury lodges mean you…
- 9 Days
Snow Capped Peaks & Mountain Gorillas
Trek the Rwenzori Mountains where forests morph into ice-clad mountain peaks, cut through jungle thickets to hang out with mountain gorillas, and finish your trip relaxing lakeside amongst the staggering beauty of Lake Mutanda. This is Uganda.…
- 15 Days
Volcanoes, Gorillas and Great Lakes
Travel to the farthest corners of Uganda where towering volcanoes mark the border between the thick jungles of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the untamed vastness of central Africa. After trekking the gorillas in Mgahinga, head inland for a couple…
- 6 Days
The Very Best of Uganda
The quintessence of Ugandan exploration. Start your adventure in the wild Kidepo Valley in the northern tip of Uganda before weaving down to meet the gorillas in southwestern jungles. Epic landscapes, incredible safaris, and luxury lodges; this is a proper…
- 20 Days
Lakeside Retreats, Safaris & Adrenaline Activities
Light adventuring and charming safaris in Lake Mburo National Park coupled with lakeside retreats and days of reflection and exploration around Lake Mutanda. Close out the trip with a few days canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and more in Jinja, Uganda's…
- 12 Days
Luxury Safari and Gorilla Habituation
Spend 4 hours in the company of a gorilla family by joining the habituation trek. Combined with a luxury safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park, this trip offers truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife…
- 7 Days
Safaris & Gorillas of Uganda
Combine safaris in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park with a 4 day gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Top and tail with overnights in the bustling capital of Kampala.…
- 12 Days
Introduction to the Rwenzoris
The forested slopes, clouded valleys, and snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains call out for exploration. Combine this perfect introductory trek with other destinations in the southwest to create a magical Ugandan…
- 5 Days
Climbing Margherita Peak
Mt. Stanley's Margherita Peak, at 5,109 metres, is the highest point in Uganda and the third-highest point in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. This 10-day trip includes 8 days on the mountain, summiting Margherita Peak on day 6.…
- 8 Days
Ultimate Gorilla Experience
Two visits to the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, moving through the forest along the most awesome trekking routes, and staying the night at the best lodges and exclusive camps in the park. This is Uganda gorilla trekking at…
- 6 Days