What is the best time of the year to go on a safari in Uganda? Uganda is one of the African attractive countries, it’s known as “the pearl of Africa” after British Prime Minister Winston Churchill coined the phrase about the country’s rich landscapes. Uganda is a country in East-Centra Africa, it borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania. Uganda is home to a startling array of natural wonders including Africa’s tallest mountain range, the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river and Africa’s largest lake as well as a home to the largest lake in Africa is part-located in Uganda. – Lake Victoria, also called Victoria Nyanza, has an area of about 69,484 sq km (26,828 sq mi). Uganda is also the world’s second-largest freshwater lake after Lake Superior in North America. Uganda is home to the UNESCO-listed Rwenzori Mountains National Park. The Rwenzori Mountains is the tallest mountain range in Africa and includes Africa’s third-highest mountain, Mount Margherita. The country is home to the longest world river known as River Nile and is known as the father of African rivers, it flows for 6,650km (4,132mi) and passes through 10 countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. This guide presents to you the best time of the year to go on a safari in Rwanda.

 Dry long Season (June to September)

The best time to go on a safari in Uganda is during the dry season, which typically runs from June to September. During this time, the weather is typically characterized by mild and the skies are clear, with minimal rainfall, and comfortable temperatures, creating ideal conditions for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing. With the vegetation sparse and animals congregating around water sources, sightings of iconic species such as mountain gorillas, lions, and elephants are more common, making for exceptional safari experiences. The dry season also coincides with the peak travel season in Uganda, so you can expect to see a higher concentration of tourists and availability of accommodations and tours, so it’s advisable to book accommodations and activities well in advance.

Short dry peal (December to February)

Another ideal time to visit Uganda for a safari is during the short dry season, which takes place from December to February. This period offers similar weather conditions as the main dry season, with clear skies and mild temperatures. Wildlife viewing is also excellent during this time, as the animals tend to gather around water sources, making them easier to spot.

Wet season (March to May and the October to November)

The wet season, occurring from March to May and then October to November is characterized by heavy rainfall and high humidity, making it the least popular time for safaris in Uganda. While the rain rejuvenates the landscapes and creates lush vegetation, it can also make travel and wildlife viewing more challenging. Roads may become muddy and impassable, and wildlife may be more dispersed as they seek shelter from the rain. However, for birdwatchers and photography enthusiasts, the wet season can offer opportunities to witness migratory birds and capture unique scenes against the backdrop of dramatic skies.

Amazing activities to do while on a safari in Uganda

 Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

One of the most popular safari destinations in Uganda, Bwindi in National Park is a must-visit for those looking to see the famous mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is the opportunity to explore the hidden gems of the Bwindi Forest in hunt for mountain gorillas in their natural environment. While trekking this fascinating primates, you will also encounter with other captivating primates like the chimpanzees, l’Hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, potto, Da Brazza monkeys,  and others mammal as well as bird species Handsome Francolin, African Wood Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar, Bar-tailed Trogon, Black Bee-eater, Western Green Tinkerbird, Dwarf Honeyguide, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green Broadbill, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Shelly’s Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Red-throated Alethe and Archer’s Robin-Chat among others.

What is the best time of the year to go on a safari in Uganda?
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

Exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park

A wildlife safari in Queen National Park is a remarkable experience, offering diverse ecosystems and a wide range of fascinating wildlife. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the southwestern part of the country, a remarkable national park is known for its tree-climbing lions and diverse range of wildlife. Visitors on a Uganda wildlife safari here will get an opportunity to embark on an exciting game drive through the park’s savannah plains in search of its iconic wildlife species such as elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, and various antelopes. Visitors can also embark on a boat cruise trip along the Kazinga channel, a natural waterway that connects lake Edward and lake George where you can encounter fascinating water wildlife species such as hippos, crocodiles as well as waterbirds like African fish eagles, kingfishers and pelicans. The park is also home to the habituated chimpanzee community where visitors on Uganda wildlife safaris in the park can embark on a chimpanzee trekking safaris in Kyambura Gorge, offering visitors the chance to observe these fascinating primates in their natural. The park is also a true birder paradise, with a large array of fascinating bird species of over 600 different kinds of species recorded concentrating along the savannah plains including African fish eagle, shoebill stork, saddle-billed stork and numerous migratory birds.

Exploring Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is home to different wildlife species but is best known for having the highest number of primate species in Uganda including chimpanzees, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest monkeys, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus monkeys and vervet monkeys among others. Chimpanzees are the main attraction in kibale Fores. Other activities that are carried out in Kibale Forest National Park include the primate walks around the park, forest nature walks, bird watching, and cultural encounters among others.

Hiking to Mountain Rwenzori.

Hiking to Mount Rwenzori is another must-do activity while on a safari in Uganda. This mountain is located in the western region of the country and it is ranked to be Africa’s third-highest peak and Uganda’s tallest peak, which stands at an elevated area of about 5,109 meters above sea level and covers about 100,000 hectares of land. More so, hiking to the top of this mountain always lasts for about 8 to 9 days and while on this journey, tourists get to sightsee many attractive features such as; stunning waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers, layered vegetation and many others.

Cultural encounters.

Uganda offers opportunities for cultural encounters and exploration. Visitors on Uganda cultural tours can engage with local communities and learn about Ugandan culture, traditions, and history through village visits and cultural performances. Visitors on cultural tours will have a chance to participate in different cultural activities such as milking, making traditional baskets, food preparation, music and dancing, farming and many more.  A cultural tour in Uganda offers a unique opportunity to connect with the country’s past and present and gain a deeper understanding of its people and culture.

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