Are you planning to visit Uganda soon but you are not sure of when it is best to go for a safari in its parks? Depending on what your travel interests are, trips to Uganda can be done at any time of the year. Regardless of this fact, it is important that you also put into consideration which month of the year is more preferable for you to get the best of African safari experience in Uganda’s wilderness areas. Equally, you also need to understand which season of the year is perfect for you to take part in Uganda safari.
Each season or month comes with its advantages and disadvantages and rewards travel endeavors with distinct experiences. Uganda’s distinct wildlife safari experience makes it an ideal travel destination in Africa. While on African safari in this spectacular country, you have variety of exciting activities to take part including primate walks, wildlife viewing, nature/forest walks, bird watching, butterfly watching, mountaineering, mountain bike/cycling, hot air balloon tours, cultural encounters a mention but a few.
When planning for a trip to Uganda’s parks, expect to explore areas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park which are set in the extreme southwestern side just at a border area with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These two parks are ideal for mountain gorilla trekking which is conducted throughout the year. For wildlife safari experiences, you can pay a visit to Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Semuliki Valley National Park. Wildlife safaris in the savanna grassland areas in Uganda take you through excellent views over wildlife such as lions, African buffaloes, leopards, African elephants, antelopes, birds, warthogs a mention but a few. For hikers, the key areas to explore include Mount Rwenzori National Park, Mount Elgon National Park while if you are interested in primate encounters, Kibale Forest National Park is that one exceptional safari destination for you to explore. Uganda is a home to 10 pristine national parks and each of which offers distinct history, nature and experiences.
For excellent safari experiences in Uganda’s stunning parks, June to August and December to February are ideal time for you to pay a visit to any of the parks in Uganda. The high/peak season in the parks ranges from June to September/December to February and during this period, all parks are busy. This means that if you are interested in mountain gorilla tracking or chimpanzee tracking you have to book for your permit early enough as demand is very high.
The low season is usually experienced in the months of March to May and from October to November. During this season, most parks receive heavy rainfall which favors plenty of floral growth and thus adequate of forage for wildlife species to depend on. And if you are on gorilla trek, it is advantageous in that you take nearly less hours to search for the mountain gorillas. But the disadvantage with it is that it comes with heavy rainfall and the trails become muddy and slippery thus making it a bit challenging for one to embark on trip or gorilla trek. The best weather is usually experienced around June to July and January to February as they come with minimal rainfall amount. The worst weather occurs around March to May. This is best described as a low season which also comes with low rates for safari lodges/accommodation options.
In summary, a visit to Uganda’s national parks can be done at any time of the year. However, for any plans to embark on a safari to any of the wilderness areas in this magical country, take note of the dry and wet seasons.