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Best Time To Visit Uganda

Learn More About Uganda’s Tropical Climate

Travel in Uganda is feasible year-round, though the dry months are deemed the optimal time to visit, especially for gorilla trekking. While Uganda’s climate is broadly tropical, it varies across different regions. For instance, temperatures in the higher elevations of Mount Elgon and the Ruwenzori Range can plunge well below freezing.

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Best Time To Visit Uganda by Season

In most regions of Uganda, annual rainfall averages between 1,000 to 2,000 millimeters, with the rainy season and its duration varying across different areas. Generally, the long rains occur from April to June, while shorter rains can be expected between October and December. During these periods, it rarely rains all day; instead, brief, intense showers are typically followed by sunny weather. In the Lake Victoria basin, expect higher humidity and frequent showers throughout the year due to significant water evaporation of up to 75-80%. Conversely, humidity is much lower in the rest of the country. The dry season spans from June to October and from December to March.

When planning your trip to Uganda, be sure to consider the different seasons to optimize your experience.

  • Long wet season: April – June
  • Short rainy season: October – December
  • Drying time: June – October, December – March.

 

Our travel experts are here to help you identify the perfect time for your vacation and suggest the best destinations in Uganda to immerse yourself in the country’s rich culture and diverse wildlife.

What to Pack for Uganda Tours

For your Uganda wildlife safari, it’s best to pack casual and comfortable clothing. Since evenings and early mornings can be chilly, warm sweaters are recommended. Flat, comfortable sports or trekking shoes are ideal for walking safaris. Along with typical safari gear, we advise bringing warm clothes, such as a fleece or light woolen sweater and socks. During the day, it can get quite hot, so don’t forget your sunglasses, high SPF sunscreen, and a sun hat with a small brim. Specialist trips, such as mountain climbing, require additional clothing and footwear. Many hotels, lodges, and camps have swimming pools, so be sure to pack swimsuits. Due to limited space in vehicles and light aircraft, we recommend keeping your luggage to a minimum. Aim to pack your items into a small bag weighing no more than 15 kg, which is the luggage limit for local flights as specified by the airlines. Nearly all safari lodges and camps offer same-day laundry service.

Popular Trips to Uganda

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Best Places To Visit

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park, situated in western Uganda, is a compact yet diverse sanctuary known for its rich

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Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park, located in northwestern Uganda, is the largest national park in the country, covering an

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Bwindi Impenetrable

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its dense,

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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park, located in western Uganda, is renowned for its dense tropical rainforest and incredible biodiversity,

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Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, situated in the southwestern corner of Uganda, is part of the larger Virunga Conservation

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a stunning wildlife reserve located in southwestern Uganda. It’s renowned for its diverse

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Things To Do

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Uganda's wildlife, where you can encounter silverback mountain gorillas up close, witness the intricate dynamics of chimpanzee families, and observe the majestic 600-pound giant forest hog in its natural habitat. Cruise across Africa's largest lake, and indulge in the abundance of unforgettable wildlife experiences that Uganda has to offer. Craft your ideal vacation with our curated list of the top activities to do in Uganda.

Travel Guide

Maximize your vacation experience with our comprehensive Uganda travel guide, packed with top tips and essential details. Learn about visas, currency, health information, languages and culture, and get invaluable advice for gorilla trekking in the forests.

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What Our Guests Say

Dzigbordi A
Dzigbordi A
2024-05-27
Unforgettable trip to Serengeti with African Diurnal Safari It was a fantastic trip especially with my escort driver. He’s very patient and makes sure I see what I want. It interesting see these wild animals in their own habitat. I was able to see big 3 out of the big 3; Elephants, lion and buffalo. I saw cheetah too so that will replace my leopard, unfortunately I couldn’t see Rhino. There were numerous animals at Serengati aside the big 5.
diakiss d
diakiss d
2024-04-06
During our trip, we saw many famous animal, like chiter, elephants, lion, zebra buffalo, giraffe and many others animals The trip were really amazing and took many pictures and videos and we enjoyed a lot it was a great experiences that we are not going to forget.
Alessandro S
Alessandro S
2024-04-03
Absolutely recommended Great experience absolutely recommended! Great driver too 💪🏻 we saw all the animals we wished to see! Everything was planned by African Diurnal so we could enjoy the most without any stress in planning
Deogratias E
Deogratias E
2023-10-11
The fabulous African Safari Tour in Northern Tanzania it was an African safari that included my wife and I and another couple (our friends). We started in Arusha city, went to Seronera, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, and then ended in Mwanza city. It was a very wonderful experience. My wife and I and our two grown sons did almost a very similar safari tour in June 2019 by the same company and we also experienced the same excellent/superior service. From hotel choices, services in the tour vehicle, meals, etc., it was fabulous
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Rachael p
2023-09-12
Remarkable Lifetime Safari Experience! I had an unforgettable safari with Lameck's team. The tailored made itinerary for me as solo woman traveller, quick and easy communication and well controlled within my budget with quality accommodations! My driver Samson was a great guide and he knows everything about wildlife and parks, within five days I was lucky to see all the big five up close. I would definitely recommend African Diurnal Safaris to anyone looking for remarkable lifetime safari experience.
Alexandra T
Alexandra T
2023-05-19
Best experience ever This was an amazing experience! Our guide knew exactly where all the animals are and we were very lucky to see all of them! We will never forget this trip. What a beautiful region. Long way to drive from kilimanjaro airport to seregenti park.
Grace P
Grace P
2023-05-07
Amazing! Wonderful experience! My tour guide taught me so much about the Serengeti and the animals that live inside. We had an amazing picnic lunch under a tree in the Serengeti while watching animals graze in front of us. This was one of the best experiences of my life and I highly recommend!
Cfbaur
Cfbaur
2022-12-16
A great experience. I only had one day to do a safari. This company did a great job in providing a wonderful Serengeti experience. Lameck, the guide was very good at finding most of the big five animals including getting about 6 meters (20 feet) away from three lionesses feeding on a recent kill.
Brendkay
Brendkay
2022-11-16
Amazing 7days luxury Safari with great Safari Company Me and my husband had the best times and best organised safari from the beginning when arranging the trip as well as payments. Everything was great and our guide Lameck was the best ever, he is very skilled and well informed. He showed us the most incredible places and gave us great information about every animal, birds and plant we saw. He knew the roads very well and took very good care of us. When it came to lunch he knew how to set a wonderful table and pampered us well enough. We had a very exciting adventure with Lameck. Wonderful trip that I recommend to all who love to see the fascinating wildlife in Tanzania. Thank you African Diurnal Safaris and thank you so much Lameck for this great wonderful experience. Will definitely recommend this trip to my friends.
David M
David M
2022-11-15
Sensational safari We enjoyed a great 4 day Safari. Our friendly drivers were knowledgeable and helpful. Starting from the western side meant that our first day was extra special as we did not see any other vehicles but very many animals.