Uganda Travel Guide, best time to travel

Uganda is a great destination to view wildlife in both forest and savannah. Not to be missed is gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga, while chimps can easily be spotted in Kibale and several other locations. Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls national parks offer wonderful savannah safaris with good wildlife viewing, as does the more remote Kidepo National Park, but animals are not as abundant compared to the top parks of Kenya and Tanzania.

Pros & Cons

  • One of the very few places to see endangered mountain gorillas
  • Combine primate viewing with a classic savannah safari
  • Good balance between vehicle, boat and walking activities
  • Excellent birding
  • Scenic beauty
  • Big Five are not as numerous or as easily seen as in some other safari countries
  • Relatively long driving times between parks on bad roads

Wildlife and Animals in Uganda

Uganda is a unique destination offering a wonderful mix of Savannah and forest parks. Gorilla and chimp trekking are highlights, but many smaller primates can be seen as well. Uganda also offers great Savannah safaris, and all of the Big Five are present. Black rhino is extinct, and while white rhino is not found in any national park, a reintroduced population can be tracked on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Cheetah is very rarely seen. Lion is quite common in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kidepo national parks. They can often be found hunting Uganda kob, which gives them away with their alarm calls. Giraffe can only be found in Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo and Kidepo Valley national parks, while zebra exists only in Kidepo and Lake Mburo national parks and Katonga wildlife reserve. Uganda is also a prime birding destination.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing is in the dry season (December-February and June-September). Some of the roads are impassable during the rainy season (September-November and March- May). Gorilla can be tracked year round, but the experience can be spoiled – to some extent – by heavy rain in the wet season.

What is the Best Time to Visit Uganda

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.



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