Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes endangered gorillas and chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a famous mountain gorilla sanctuary, while Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
There is no single best time to visit Uganda but there are rainy and dry seasons. Each has its advantages.
DECEMBER TO MARCH
At a glance: Expect warm temperatures and short rains. When game viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, exploring Murchison Falls and gorilla and chimpanzee trekking you during this period you will probably see some rain but don’t worry you will quickly dry in the summer sun.
Weather: This is summer in East Africa. Temperatures are warm and pleasant with an average high of 28°C and an average low of 15°C. The rains from early November to late March are usually scattered and localized with short-lived downpours. There is often heavy rain in late March.
APRIL TO JUNE
At a glance: Don’t be put off by the long rains: safaris are good during this period, fewer visitors around the parks and all lodges are offering low season rates at this time.
Weather: The rains arrive and heavy showers can be expected for a few hours every day or so.
JULY TO NOVEMBER
At a glance: Mild temperatures and classic dry-season game viewing make these months a popular time to visit East Africa. Book accommodation and tours well in advance, visitor numbers peak in August.
Weather: The October to December short rains notwithstanding, these months are mostly dry and sunny forcing animals to gather at permanent water. July to September offers the most pleasant weather in East Africa.
EAST AFRICA has a single time zone which is GMT + 3