Planning a trip to Uganda? And wondering what time of the year is the best time to visit? Uganda is perfect to during the dry season months from June to September and December to February but can be easily visited throughout the year.
When to Go?
Best Time to Visit Uganda
Peak season occurs in Uganda from June to September due to the decreased chances of rain during those months. December also consistently proves to be busy with visitors on their Christmas holidays.
Yet typically “off-season” times retain their appeal in Uganda. The dry months of February – March result in a variety of wildlife along the rivers and pans of Uganda’s national parks. Even during the rainy season, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking stay on schedule. The only excessively rainy and thus unadvisable months to travel Uganda are April and May.
Seasons of Uganda
Broadly speaking, these are the seasons of Uganda:
- Dry Season: June to September / December to February
- Wet Season: March to May / October – November
Where to Go in Uganda – Month by Month
- December to February: Dry season, wonderful time to go on gorilla and chimp treks. The plain game in national parks like Queen Elizabeth NP are easier to spot since its drier. December may have some Christmas time rush. January – February will not be too crowded. Best time for birding is from November to April, when migrant species are also visible.
- March to May: Peak rainy season. While it is still possible to go on gorilla treks, prepare to be drenched (which adds to the fun). Enjoy the verdant greenery of Uganda and lower rates.
- June to September: Peak dry season. Lots of tourists combine a gorilla trek with the mgiration, so permits get sold out much in advance. Wildlife is easier to spot because of the dry season.
- October to November: Rainy season again. Lots of slippery tracks when going on gorilla treks. Roads can be slippery too. Lower rates.
Climate of Uganda
Uganda’s plateau topography blesses the country with a pleasant average temperature of 21.5℃ (71℉), which drops to about 12℃ (54℉) at nighttime. Due to its proximity to the equator, Uganda lacks distinct seasonal patterns apart from two rainy seasons: mid-March to May, followed by shorter rains from October – November.
Despite these periods, Uganda’s skies remain relatively clear throughout the year, with the sun emerging soon after the daily rains have ceased. Kidepo Valley and other northwestern regions are the only areas in Uganda that at times undergo droughts, depending on the year.