When is the best time to visit Uganda?
Uganda is a fantastic destination all year round. But depending on what you plan to do – like safari drives or gorilla trekking – some months offer better weather conditions than others.
Best time to visit Uganda in general
The best seasons for visiting Uganda
The best months for visiting Uganda are, in general, June to September, as there's little rain and the days are a bit cooler.
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Different regions of Uganda
Best time to visit Jinja
Jinja, a pretty lakeside colonial town, is the adventure capital of Uganda.
The period from June to August offers the most comfortable weather in Jinja.
Best time for gorilla trekking
The best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking is from mid December to early February, or from June to September.
The forests are never fully dry
Best time for chimpanzee trekking
The best time to visit Uganda for chimpanzee trekking is, conveniently, the same as the best time for gorilla trekking: December to February, and June to September.
Best time for safari in Uganda
Kidepo Valley National Park
July and August are the very best months for seeing as many animals as possible in Kidepo Valley National Park.
Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks
June and July are arguably the best months for safari as the days are cooler and animals become easier to spot.
Best time for hiking the Rwenzoris
The drier and therefore optimal hiking months in the Rwenzoris are July and August, and December to February.
Avoiding the crowds
Uganda may be on the Equator, but expect super cold weather when you climb the Rwenzori mountains!
Best time to visit the Virunga Mountains
The best time to visit Uganda if heading to the Virunga mountains is between June and September, as these are the driest months.