Most people wonder about the best time to visit Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Here is all what you needed to know about the best times to take a safari in Uganda.
The Dry Season
To most travelers the dry season is the best time to visit Uganda if you are looking to taking a safari in national park. All national parks are best visited during the Dry season from June to August and December to February. The main reason as to why travelers prefer this time is that the parks are generally dry and therefore the wildlife will be lured to waterholes making this a great time for boat safaris and bird watching necessary from migratory birds.
If you are looking to exploring the country during the peak season, you are advised to book well in advance especially if you are interested in gorilla trekking or chimpanzee tracking. The limited permits make it necessary to book early given that they may get finished fast.
In the Northeast of the country, there is Murchison falls that experiences a drier climate thus being a good place to visit during the wet months. June, July, August and September are the peak months as they are generally dry though rain can fall at anytime.
The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during these Dry seasons to all national parks and game reserves.
Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rain forests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine. This is the best time for gorilla tracking because these are drier months. In the savannah reserves, vegetation is less and animals gather around water sources making wildlife easier to spot.
March to May and September to November are wet seasons. The scenery of the savannah reserves is green. Although wildlife is easier to spot in the dry season, you will still see plenty in the wet season including newborn animals. Please note that in the wet season, some roads get very bad and vehicles often get stuck though most roads are passable.
For those looking to primates tracking, forest trails can become slippery and more challenging than during the dry season.
Please note that the heaviest rainfall in Uganda is received in March, April and May with shorter rains in October to November. This doesn’t affect your chances of spotting gorillas though get prepared for a soggy, slippery trek. Waterproofs and waterproof boots are so essential.
There is no migration of wildlife in Uganda so you can still see a plenty of game in parks such as Queen Elizabeth although thicker vegetation makes spotting of animals a bit harder.