Uganda is one of the most unique travel destinations in the world. Where else can you go on a gorilla trek and see the magnificent creatures in their natural habitats? Very few places!
I recently went on a gorilla trek in Uganda and it was such an amazing experience. If you have not added this to your bucket list, you might be wondering just when the right time is.
Uganda is a destination that you can visit throughout the year because it rarely changes its climate. Although it has wet and dry seasons, those seasons can make or break your trek.
December to February
There may be some rainfall in December, but it won’t be enough to rain on your parade.
December through February is considered to be one of the best times to visit Uganda. The dry season has begun, meaning the roads are passable and the skies are clear, making for beautiful photos.
When you see gorillas, they’re out and about. The birds are soaring.
If your itinerary allows it, visit Kampala in February for the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo where you can see a true showcase of what Uganda has to offer. The three-day expo touches on everything from wildlife to tourism (both adventure and culture).
You will be able to experience local cuisine, horseback riding, and more.
March to May
March to May is considered to be one of Uganda’s wettest seasons. Because of this the low season also begins, which means prices drop as well.
If you do not mind a little rain, you will be met with lush green parks and the chance to see infant gorilla.
If you don’t mind getting your feet wet, go quad biking along the banks of the Nile. Or test your athletic abilities in the annual Kyaninga Triathlon in the Rwenzori Mountains.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack an umbrella and hiking boots (that you don’t mind getting dirty).
A gorilla habitat in Uganda is called a sanctuary retreat.
June to August
The rain clears in June in the wake of a sunny day. Animals continue to roam in the open, making them incredibly easy to see. This new surge in tourism takes place again and so the price of lodging and permits rises.
All reservations should be made far in advance to ensure you snag a reservation along with a good rate for accommodation.
If you want to see more of Uganda outside of gorilla trekking June through August, check out these events. From Uganda Martyrs Day on June 3rd to National Heros Day on June 9th to the Bayimba Festival of the Arts at the beginning of August.
There’s never a dull moment in these months, and it’s a wonderful time to visit if you’re looking for an authentic African experience.
September to November
As the months pass and it gets later in the season, the rain begins to pick up. However you have many opportunities to see wildlife.
This is another chance to save a little money if you want to visit on a budget.
That month is jam-packed with events. It has been raining almost every day since about the middle of September, and people from all over the world have come to Uganda to dance in the rain at MTN Nyege Nyege.
In October the Kampala city festival takes place. The 3-day event celebrates culture and unity with performances, a street market and food stalls. And in November the Milege World Music Festival is another 3-day event showcasing art from all over the world!