When to go

What is the best time to visit Uganda?

How is the weather in Uganda?

Uganda has a very pleasant climate. It does not get as hot and humid as the coastal regions of Kenya and Tanzania, and it never gets cold either. The warmest regions in Uganda are around Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and everything further north (Kidepo). The cooler regions are obviously at higher altitudes - around Mount Elgon, Rwenzori Mountains, Bwindi and Lake Bunyonyi.

When is the best time to visit Uganda? 

Uganda is nice to visit year round - it's always summer! Even during the rainy season your travel will not be hindered too much as the rains can be heavy, but are typically short, followed by bright sunshine.

Go in April - May or November if you want to enjoy Uganda with less tourists. Some lodges will offer low season rates. Be prepared for more rainfall, particularly in Entebbe, Jinja, Sipi Falls and the Southwestern part of Uganda, although rain patterns are unpredictable and they can come earlier or later than predicted. Rainy season is not a good time for summitting Mount Elgon or the Rwenzoris.

December to February are the warmest months and dry season. Vegetation in the savannah habitats in Kidepo, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo national parks becomes scarce and animals gather around water sources, making wildlife easier to spot. this is a good time of year to summit the Rwenzori mountains and Mount Elgon.  As for chimp and gorilla trekking, the habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can't avoid rain completely at any time of year. 

When is high season in Uganda? 

Tourists come to visit Uganda year round, but peak season is from December to January and from June to September. Although the parks don’t feel crowded whatsoever, you have to reserve your Roadtrip rental car, gorilla permits and accommodation well in advance.