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When is the best time to visit Uganda?

Read our advice on the best time to visit Uganda for a luxury safari holiday

Uganda luxury safaris are excellent throughout the year

The driest time of year is June to October and again from January to February.
These months provide the most ideal conditions for gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, as well as traditional safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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June - October

Dry season conditions make everything easy

Having peaked in April, the rains subside and Uganda enjoys its longest, dry spell of the year.

Conditions are at their best for the gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking activities that Uganda is famous for.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is at its most, well, penetrable. Therefore, the long hike to find the gorillas can be a little easier.

In Queen Elizabeth National Park, the dry conditions make spotting the widlife more straightforward, particularly the tree-dwelling lions.

Uganda safari Kibale National Park crater lakes best time to visit
November - December

Short rains bring bursts of green

November brings the onset of the ‘short rains’, particularly in the south and west of the country.

Rains fall throughout East Africa in November, which reinvigorates the vegetation in the verdant forests of western Uganda, bringing many colourful migratory birds to the country.

Wildlife can be harder to spot on safari, and trekking conditions become more difficult. However, the plus side is that few tourists visit, so many excellent value offers are available.

By early December, the rains have usually past and the peak festive season brings. Late December gets very busy, so it’s wise to book ahead.

chimpanzee Kyambura gorge best time to visit Uganda
January - February

The hot, short dry season

January and February are fantastic months to visit Uganda. Warm days and nights, little rain, and much fewer visitors than the peak season months.

This is Uganda at its hottest, but it’s still very pleasant due to the high altitude climate.

Conditions for gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking and big game safaris  are excellent.

Birds are in abundance, which makes this a great time of year to participate in forest walks, boat safaris along the Kazinga channel and some of the other less well known activities enjoyed in Uganda.

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March - May

Green season

March ushers in the beginning of the wettest time of the year. The ‘long rains’ bring the forests to life, with lush vegetation to be found throughout the country.

Rain usually peaks in April, and by the time May arrives conditions have dried out considerably. Whilst conditions are not as ideal for gorilla trekking, the gorillas themselves do tend to make things easier by inhabiting the lower areas of the mountains at this time.

Parks are quieter and availability at popular spots is much easier to find. This is also the perfect time for a bird safari, for which Uganda is particularly exceptional.

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Itinerary ideas
Suggested itineraries for your luxury Uganda safari
  • Western Uganda safari holiday

    Combine great apes with big game safari for the ultimate experience in Uganda's western highlands.

    Guide Price From £5,050 | $6,985 per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
    Duration 7 nights
    Best Months June - February
    Region Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Entebbe,
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  • Uganda gorillas and chimps safari

    Get up close and personal with the great apes in the Pearl of Africa.

    Guide Price From £4,995 | $6,850 per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
    Duration 7 nights
    Best Months June - February
    Region Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale National Park, Entebbe,
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  • Uganda luxury gorilla and lion safari

    Experience two of Uganda's greatest wildlife spectacles from the comfort of two authentic, luxury tented camps.

    Guide Price From £3,880 | $5,320 per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
    Duration 6 nights
    Best Months June - February
    Region Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Entebbe,
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