When to Go on Safari in Uganda

As well as gorilla and chimp trekking, safaris in Uganda are a real highlight. Far less developed or crowded than their east African rivals, Ugandan safaris are all about true wilderness and intimate animal encounters. Queen Elizabeth National Park is the place to go, and it can be visited all through the year.

Photo Credit: Ishasha Wilderness Camp


As with the rest of the country, the dry seasons are January and February, plus June and July. During these months, vegetation becomes sparser and water levels drop, forcing wildlife to gather along riverbanks and at waterholes – which makes sightings relatively easy.


The wet seasons in the park are March through to May, and August to September. This is when the plains are at their most beautiful, with lush green foliage springing back to life and new-born animals making an appearance.

Photo Credit: Bakers Lodge


Wildlife viewing in Murchison Falls National Park is superb at any time of year, as it has a drier climate than the rest of the country. The most popular time to visit is between December and February, when the region is experiencing its peak dry season, but temperatures do soar so you might want to avoid strenuous activities in the afternoons. It gets rather wet from June through until November, but the wildlife is still present, and the park is even more beautiful.


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