Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Uganda is in the dry season. These months are January, February, June, July, August and December. This gives you the best primate, gorilla trekking, wildlife and the whole Uganda visit experience. However, we can’t escape rain completely and this is Africa.  Even after heavy rains, sun usually comes out and brightens the day.

Best time to visit: June throughout August (Longest dry season) then December through to February (Shortest dry season)

High / Peak Season: June to September (Gorilla permits ought to be booked in advance)

The Low Season: March through to May (Worst Rainfall) and October to November (Rain is not so much)

Below shows the top attractions, activities and the best time to be visited.

NATIONAL PARKS

Bwindi impenetrable forest
Common Activities

  •  Gorilla trekking
  •  Chimp trekking
  • Camping,
  • Hiking,
  • Biking,
  • Bird watching,
  • Cultural encounters with
  • Batwa Pygmy culture.

Wildlife Viewing: June to August and December to January are the best for tracking gorillas though the park is open all year around.

Bird Watching: The birdlife in Bwindi is good year-round, but at its best in March and September.

The main nesting season is in May and June, with food being abundant from late May through September.

Migratory birds are present from November to April

Kibale National Park

Common Activities:

  • Birding
  • Chimpanzee Tracking and Habituation
  • Cultural encounters
  • Hiking and
  • Nature Walks

This Park is open for chimpanzee trekking throughout the year.

Wild life viewing: December to February and the months of June and July are the driest months and are therefore the best times for this activity. Walking the trails is easier at this time and the overall experience tends to be more enjoyable.

Bird Watching: March to May and August to November –great time for birders with migratory birds’ present.

June to September is the main fruiting season, so food is abundant, and many birds are in breeding plumage.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Common activities

  • Wildlife viewing / game viewing,
  • Birding
  • Nature walks
  • Cultural encounters 
Wildlife Viewing: The best time for wildlife viewing is the middle and end of the Dry season (November to February) when animals concentrate around reliable water sources.Birding: The birdlife in Kidepo is good year-round, but at its best from March to April for all the specials and the many migrants.

Murchison Falls National Park:

Common Activities:

  • Wildlife viewing / game viewing,
  • Launch trips to the bottom of the falls and hikes to the top (Devil’s Cauldron)
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Birding and
  • Nature walks.

Wildlife Viewing: Murchison Falls National Park can be visited throughout the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is the Dry season from December to February when animals congregate around the Victoria Nile and other reliable water sources.

June through September is also a high season when most tourists are visiting the national park. This is when you will be more likely to enjoy relief from both heavy rains and high temperatures.

Bird Watching: The birdlife in Murchison Falls is good year-round, but at its best from January to March. This is the low tourist season, but there is plenty of bird activity. December to February has the least rain, while April to May and August to October have the most rain which may result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails and can limit your bird-watching time.

Migratory birds are present from November to April

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Common activities

  • Wildlife viewing / game viewing,
  • Chimp tracking
  • Forest trails
  • Launch trips to the bottom of the falls and hikes to the top (Devil’s Cauldron)
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Birding
  • Caves
  • Nature walks / hiking
  • Cultural encounters

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Park can be visited throughout the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is the Dry season from June to August and January to February when animals are concentrated near rivers and waterholes.

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Queen Elizabeth NP is good year-round, but at its best from late May to September, when the rain is less and food is abundant. June to July has the least rain, while April to May and September to November have the most rain which may result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails hence limiting your bird-watching time.

Migratory birds can be found From November to April.

Mountain Elgon National Park

Common activities

  • Mountain/volcano climbing
  • Forest exploration
  • Mountain biking
  • Birding
  • Wild life viewing
  • Nature walks along Sipi and the Chebonet falls
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Cultural encounters
  • Sport fishing 

Best Time for Mountaineering and wildlife:

Mountain Elgon national park is open to tourists all year round. However the best time for Mountaineering is during the dry seasons between June-August and December – March

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Common activities

  • Mountain Gorilla tracking
  • Golden monkeys tracking
  • Chimp trekking
  • Volcano hiking and nature walks
  • Cultural encounters
  • Birding
  • Garama cave exploration
Best Time for Wildlife ViewingThe Dry seasons from June to August and December to January are the best time for trekking gorillas. The park stays open throughout the year, but in heavy rain, the trails might be difficult to walk and time with the gorillas and photography can be compromised.Best Time for Bird WatchingThe birdlife in Mgahinga is good year-round, but at its best from April to mid-May and from October to November.June and July have the least rain, and March to mid-May have the most rain. The heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails, which can limit your bird-watching time.The main nesting season is in May and June. From late May through September, food is abundant.Migratory birds are in the park from November to April.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Common activities:

  • Birding
  • Camping
  • The Bulemba Ihandiro Cultural Trail
  • Mountain stream fishing
  • Nature walks / hiking
  • Mountain/volcano climbing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Stream fishing 

Best Time for Mountaineering and wildlife:

The park is open to tourists throughout the year. However, The best period to climb the Rwenzori is during the dry seasons, between December and March, between June and July, between June and July, between September and October.

Lake Mburo National Park

Common activities:

  • Game drives
  • Night safari (game drive) with high chances of seeing leopards
  • Walking Safari to get close to the animals
  • Horseback safaris
  • Launch trips
  • Sport fishing
  • Birding

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Lake Mburo can be visited anytime, with wildlife viewing highlights year-round though the during the dry seasons from June to August and December to February, animals gather around rivers and waterholes, and during the wet seasons March to May and September to November, large numbers can be seen in the open valleys.

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Lake Mburo is good year-round.

Least rain: June and July.

Most rain: March and April.  The heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails. These can limit your bird-watching time.

Migratory birds:  November to April.

Semuliki Valley National Park

Common activities:

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Sempaya hot springs
  • Cultural encounters: Bambuti pygmies
  • Hiking- nature walks
  • Birding
  • Game drives
Best Time for Wildlife ViewingThe best time for wildlife viewing in Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is during the Dry season December to February when animals are concentrated around predictable water sources. Some of the roads become impassable after heavy rain.Best Time for Bird WatchingThe birdlife in Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is good year-round.Best at the height of breeding season: March.Most rain:  There is rain throughout the year, but March to mid-May and August to October are the wettest months. The heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails and can limit your bird-watching time.Migratory birds:  November to April.

WILD LIFE RESERVES

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Common activities:

  • Chimpanzee feeding
  • Sunset cruises
  • Fishing
  • Boat cruise
  • Volunteer programs
  • Community cultural experience
  • Borne fires

Best Time:

The island is good to visit to visit throughout the year but a nice boat ride will depend on good favorable.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Common activities:

  • Rhino trekking
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks
  • Holiday relaxation

Best Time: December to February and June to July during the dry season.

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

Common activities:

  • Volunteer placements
  • Children’s play centre
  • Forest walk experience
  • Noah’s ark ride
  • Donkey and camel rides for children
  • Holiday relaxation

Best Time: all year around

Uganda Reptile Village

Common activities:

·    Educational centre and sensitizing to protect and conserve different reptile species as well as other important environmental resources like swamps, lakes

  • Sport fishing
  • Canoe cruising
  • Birding
  • Wild life

Best Time: all year around

Katonga Wildlife Reserve

Common activities:

  • Wild life
  • Scenery
  • Bush vibe
  • Birding 

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Katonga can be visited anytime, with wildlife viewing highlights year-round during the dry seasons from June to July and December to February.

Karuma Wildlife Reserve

Common activities:

  • Wildlife
  • Camping
  • Sport fishing
  • Beauty of the falls

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Karuma can be visited anytime, with wildlife viewing highlights year-round though the best time is during the dry seasons from June to July and December to February.

Bokora Corridor Game Reserve

Common activities:

  • Wildlife
  • Cultural encounters
  • Camping 

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time to visit is in drier seasons June to September and from December to January.

Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve

Common activities:

  • Wildlife
  • Birding
  • Mountain climbing
  • Guided nature walks
  • Cultural encounters
  • Visit the Napendio cave
  • Camping

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time to visit is in drier seasons to January to March when animals gather at the water resources making it easier for game viewing

FOREST RESERVES

Mabira Forest Reserve

Common activities:

  • Forest walks
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Environmental education and Research
  • Camping and Picnics
  • Primate watching
  • Butterfly identification
  • General forest exploration

Mpanga Forest Reserve

Common activities:

  • Drum making
  • Hill climbing
  • Camping and picnic site
  • Forest trails
  • Butterfly identification
  • Hornbill trail
  • Primate watching- red tailed monkeys
  • General forest exploration

Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve

Common Activities

  • Chimp Tracking
  • Forest Walks
  • Research
  • Conservation Education
  • Birding
  • Butterfly Identification

Small Mammal viewing.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing:

Trekking chimpanzees can be done throughout the year, but the success rate is highest in the drier months from December to March and June to July.

Best Time for Bird Watching:

The birdlife is good year-round, but at its best from February to April and in September. June to September is the main fruiting season, so food is abundant, and many birds are in breeding plumage.

Migratory birds are in the forest from November to April.

Budongo Forest Reserve

Common Activities

  • Chimp Tracking
  • Chimp habituation experience
  • Birding
  • Forest Walks
  • Wild life safaris

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing:

Trekking chimpanzees can be done throughout the year, but the success rate is highest in the drier months (from December to March and June to July). The park stays open throughout the year but, in heavy rain, the trails might be difficult to walk.

Best Time for Bird Watching:

The birdlife in Budongo Forest is good year-round, but at its best from February to April and in September. June to September is the main fruiting season, so food is abundant, and many birds are in breeding plumage. Migratory birds are in the forest from November to April.

December to February has the least rain while April to May and September to October have the most rain. The heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads. Slippery hiking trails can limit your bird-watching time.

BOTANICAL GARDENS

Tooro Botanical Garden in Fort Portal

Common Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Flora

Entebbe Botanical Gardens in Entebbe

Common Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks
  • Primate watching
  • Small mammal viewing

Flora

Best time to visit:

All year round

LAKES, RIVERS, ISLANDS AND WATER FALLS

Lakes, rivers, Islands and water falls

Common Activities

  • Canoeing (Ssese Islands, Semuliki Wild reserve, the source of Riner Nile, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Victoria, Katonga Game Reserve)
  • Birding
  • Wild life
  • Boat cruise (River Nile, Lake Mburo, Murchison NP)
  • Hiking the highlands around (Lake Bunyonyi)
  • Cultural encounters
  • Sport fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Launch trips
  • Water rafting  (River Nile)
  • Bungee jumping
  • Nature walks
  • Horseback riding (River Nile, Lake Mburo,
  • Camping
  • Dream tubing (River Nile, Murchison Falls)

Kayaking (River Nile)

Best time to visit:

All year round

CULTURAL-HERITAGE SITES AND MONUMENTS TOURS

Kampala City, Ghetto and Slum tours

Common Activities

  • Ugandan Food exploration
  • Cultural – historic tours
  • Cultural interactions
  • City tour
  • Slum/poverty tour

Best time to visit:

All year round

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