On visiting the pearl of Africa you don’t need to worry about the country’s weather. Uganda is blessed with a variety of warm, and cool temperatures ranging from each region or destination you are intending to visit.
The country is blessed with two seasonal weather variations each year i.e. wet and dry seasons.
The Wet Season
The wet season runs from March – April, and May with heavy rains and moderate rains from October – November but at times it can push up to December.
The dry normally goes from the Month of June-July- August, and September, this is sometimes referred to as a high season for travelers.
June, July, August, and September, are the season to visit Uganda. The high seasonal months are generally dry (although rain can fall at any time). You are required to book earlier if tracking gorillas, as permits sell out months in advance.
Even though Uganda just sits squarely on the equator so there are no true seasons, plus an average altitude of around 1,000m temperature ranges.
March-May and October-November see the highest rainfall, but gorillas are still lurking in the mist – although trekking to find them will be slippery and slower. Accommodation and gorilla permits can be much cheaper at this time. This is normally referred to as low season.
Uganda’s weather is based on months
March, April, and May; sometimes receive heavy rainfalls in Uganda, compared with October and November which receive slightly shorter downpours. This may not hinder your chances of doing gorilla trekking. You must be prepared for a wet and slippery trek along the downslopes of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks.
However, take note of the essential things to carry upon the trekking experience namely waterproof boots, are essential. It’s also believed that the gorillas linger on the warmer, lower slopes during wetter weather, so your trek may be shorter.
Uganda’s wildlife doesn’t migrate; so there are many chances of having wildlife views in parks such as Queen Elizabeth and Murchison falls National Parks although thicker vegetation makes spotting the animals a little harder. But be aware that the already existing roads will be slippery.
June to September are dry weather months which call for travelers to visit. Uganda remains happy to experience more travelers but with fewer risks to mass tourism.
December, January, and February are also great months to visit. Purely dry (though rains can reach up to December), the wildlife will be ushered to waterholes, making this a great time for boat safaris.