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Best Time to Visit Uganda in 2024 for wildlife safaris, hiking, cultural experiences. Uganda Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Uganda

  • Optimal: June to September (dry season, excellent for wildlife viewing).
  • For wildlife safaris: June to September offers the best conditions.
  • Other favorable months: December to February and March to May for bird watching and gorilla trekking.

Geography facts

  • Location: East Africa, bordered by Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
  • Area: 241,038 km² (93,065 sq mi).
  • Borders: Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania.
  • Landscape: Diverse, including savannas, mountains, forests, and lakes. Highest point: Margherita Peak at 5,109 meters.

Uganda is home to a rich diversity of wildlife and ecosystems. It includes the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, known for gorilla trekking, and Murchison Falls National Park, with its spectacular waterfalls and abundant wildlife.

Climate

  • General: Tropical climate with two rainy seasons (March to May and October to November).
  • Highlands: Cooler due to altitude.
  • Lowlands: Warm and humid.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Weather: Hot and dry. Daytime temperatures range from +26°C (79°F) to +28°C (82°F).
  • Activities: Excellent for wildlife safaris and bird watching.
  • Other notes: Rainfall is minimal, making it perfect for outdoor activities.

February

  • Weather: Similar to January, with daytime temperatures between +26°C (79°F) and +28°C (82°F).
  • Activities: Ideal for gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris.
  • Other notes: Minimal rain, continuing favorable conditions for exploration.
Uganda (c) get.pxhere.com

March

  • Weather: Beginning of the rainy season. Temperatures range from +24°C (75°F) to +27°C (81°F).
  • Activities: Bird watching is excellent as migratory birds arrive.
  • Other notes: Rainfall increases, but it’s still possible to enjoy gorilla trekking with proper gear.

April

  • Weather: Rainiest month with temperatures from +22°C (72°F) to +25°C (77°F).
  • Activities: Gorilla trekking continues, though trails can be muddy.
  • Other notes: Rain gear is essential; wildlife viewing may be challenging due to thick vegetation.

May

  • Weather: Continuation of the rainy season. Temperatures range from +22°C (72°F) to +25°C (77°F).
  • Activities: Bird watching remains excellent.
  • Other notes: Improved conditions towards the end of the month.

June

  • Weather: Start of the dry season. Daytime temperatures range from +24°C (75°F) to +27°C (81°F).
  • Activities: Peak time for wildlife safaris and gorilla trekking.
  • Other notes: Excellent visibility for wildlife due to less foliage.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Weather: Dry and sunny with temperatures from +24°C (75°F) to +27°C (81°F).
  • Activities: Wildlife safaris, gorilla trekking, and cultural experiences.
  • Other notes: Prime time for visiting Uganda’s national parks.

August

  • Weather: Continuation of the dry season. Temperatures range from +24°C (75°F) to +27°C (81°F).
  • Activities: Excellent for all outdoor activities, including wildlife safaris.
  • Other notes: High season for tourism, so booking in advance is recommended.

September

  • Weather: End of the dry season. Daytime temperatures range from +24°C (75°F) to +27°C (81°F).
  • Activities: Wildlife safaris and gorilla trekking.
  • Other notes: Less crowded compared to peak months, offering a more relaxed experience.

October

  • Weather: Start of the second rainy season. Temperatures range from +23°C (73°F) to +26°C (79°F).
  • Activities: Bird watching and cultural tours.
  • Other notes: Rain increases, making some trails muddy and challenging.
Uganda (c) wildmemoriesugandatours.com

November

  • Weather: Rainy season with temperatures from +23°C (73°F) to +26°C (79°F).
  • Activities: Bird watching is excellent as migratory birds are present.
  • Other notes: Rain gear is essential; some activities may be affected by weather.

December

  • Weather: End of the rainy season. Daytime temperatures range from +24°C (75°F) to +27°C (81°F).
  • Activities: Gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris become more accessible.
  • Other notes: Festive season brings a lively atmosphere and cultural events.

Uganda offers a diverse range of activities throughout the year. The dry seasons from June to September and December to February are particularly favorable for wildlife safaris and gorilla trekking. For bird watchers, the rainy seasons bring a plethora of migratory birds, making these months ideal despite the increased rainfall.

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