What is the best time for a Uganda Safari? The best time to visit Uganda on a safari is determined on the type of wildlife safari desired and the activities involved. For example, if you’re looking for waterfalls, the wet season is ideal since the rivers will be full and the waterfalls will be more spectacular. The same is true for those interested in Agritourism. However, the dry seasons are preferable for those interested in Uganda safaris and trekking.
Uganda lacks the four seasons of Europe and North America, namely winter, spring, summer, and autumn. The weather in Uganda is separated into two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season is when most farmers plant since there is a larger chance of rain. Different sections of the nation have varying numbers of wet seasons, with some having three in a year, some having two, and others having one extended rainy season. Then there’s the dry season, when temperatures are high but not as awful as in the summer.
Most tourists choose to visit Uganda between the months of December to February and June to August since these are the traditional “dry seasons” with relatively little rain, although rain patterns have shifted due to climate change. Expect it to rain every few days in the middle of July or August, even if it has never rained before. Or experiencing lengthy stretches of no rain in normally rainy months like March, April, May, and September through November. Please keep in mind that even during the rainy season, the sun shines and the earth dries quickly after a heavy rain.
During the rainy season, the majority of the nation has a gorgeous green cover as a consequence of the rainfall. Off-road driving is often challenging, but happily, many routes to the parks have been paved, but expect some zigzagging in certain locations. The parks have more greenery and are easier to spot animals in. Because there is abundant food, gorilla and chimp trekking will not require you to travel far, although jungle trekking may include periods of slipping and falling. Some hotels and lodges have reduced their rates to entice more guests to visit during the green season.
During the dry season, the off-road conditions are frequently excellent, with no danger of being stuck. The grass is sparse, so you can clearly see the animals, but they also have a strong tendency to hide as they wander about looking for food and water in regions where you may not have access. During gorilla and chimp trekking, these primates will tend to venture further into the trees in search of food in regions that are a little damp with food.
They will frequently migrate to higher terrains or altitudes with greater food since it is less damaged by the sun. Also, because most people travel during this season, there are more automobiles on game drives. Because most people like to take holidays during this period, most lodges charge the highest rates.
Temperatures scarcely vary during the seasons, ranging from 24°C to 30°C, allowing you to explore Uganda all year. At any time of year, the land is also excellent for bird watching.
Visiting Uganda on a Uganda wildlife safaris during June to August is one of the best times to travel to Uganda on a safari. This time period is considered a dry season , however you can except some rain during these months. It’s especially wonderful for wildlife watching because there’s less foliage to hinder your view, and a variety of creatures may be observed looking for waterholes. It’s also an excellent time to go hiking to observe mountain gorillas and chimps.
After everything is said and done, I would say that no matter when you choose to visit Uganda, you will have a terrific experience engaging with Ugandans and enjoying the views of gorgeous landscapes and excellent activities such as gorilla trekking, chimp trekking, birding, and safaris.
How much can you tip during your Uganda Safari?
Tipping between 10 USD and 20 USD per day is usual in Uganda for good service. Tipping is often done in Uganda Shillings or US Dollars. Tipping is at your option if you are on a gorilla hike; your porter (if you want to take one) should normally receive the largest tip, with a second tip spread among your guides, trackers, and security officers.
What to Pack for your Uganda Safari?
You must be well outfitted for gorilla trekking in Rwanda — preparation is essential. Pack long, thick pants and long-sleeved tops, long socks or gaiters to put over your trousers as ant protection, a pair of light gloves to defend against nettles, a hat, a raincoat, and, of course, a pair of strong, comfortable hiking boots.
It may get chilly and damp in the mountains at altitude, so bring a change of clothes and a warm fleece, as well as sunscreen and bug protection, in your day bag.