When Is The Best Time To Visit Uganda & Go Gorilla Trekking


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Uganda is best known as a prime travel destination for many tourists planning a trip to Africa. This is due to Uganda’s location near the equator that brings favorable climatic conditions. Uganda is a top travel destination throughout the year because of Lake Victoria location with distinctive weather patterns which magnify the climate of Uganda. Uganda is lucky enough to have two rainy seasons, the short season begins from October to November and the long rainy season kicks off from Mid-march to May every year.


Therefore, Uganda is best visited all year round but travelers interested in mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda should opt for June to September. If that is not okay with you, there is January, February, and early march relatively.


With the best-chosen months to visit Uganda, most tourists prefer to travel between May & September or from December to early March since these months receive fewer rainfalls, the number of rainfalls has reduced, and is sunny in almost all destinations. December is considered the busiest month of the year in most of Uganda’s national parks we strongly advise travelers to book in advance. During the Christmas season, Ugandans tend to plan their vacations to these pristine national parks hence making a peak season in December every year.


Visiting Uganda in the low season is okay for most tourists who are interested in cheap accommodation facilities since most of them are discounted, although, it’s a rainy season. Visiting in the low season means you enjoy the African jungle with low crowds. also, February & September are good months for a Ugandan safari vacation due to lesser tourists visiting, and most of the lodges are not fully booked compared to the peak season.


Rainy Season

Ugandan rainy season affects people’s planned trips, although, it doesn’t mean that they can’t completely travel since the season has a combination of rains and sunshine. This simply means that the sun shines immediately after it had rained and most safari activities can still be carried out without any disruptions. Mountain gorilla trekking is a must-do activity, also chimpanzee trekking can be done during the rainy season and all the national parks can be in operation.


Uganda’s raised topography makes the climate cooler, however, travelers planning to participate in gorilla trekking should importantly note that the trekking trails are muddy, and slippery despite the discounted rates in the low season, which means the best time for gorilla trekking is in the two dry seasons of June, July, August, & September and from December, January, February & early March.


Game viewing in all Savannah national parks in Uganda is perfect during the two dry seasons of June, July, August, & September and from December, January, February, and March.  This is because most of the animal wildlife species tend to concentrate next to the water bodies within those parks in search of drinking water while Bird watching is best done between November and April when the migratory birds are present in Uganda but can be done throughout the year. 


What is the best time to trek gorillas in Uganda & Rwanda?

African mountain gorilla trekking can be carried out throughout the year in Uganda & Rwanda due to the fact the dry seasons experienced by the Volcanoes national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Mgahinga gorilla national park in which these gorillas are protected attracts the majority of the tourists in the months of June to September and from December to February.


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