Visit Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’, where experiences range from tracking gorillas and chimpanzees, to visiting hippo-filled rivers and marvelling at tree climbing lions. The land is topographically varied with an extremely diverse range of wildlife, activities and experiences.
- Capital: Kampala
- Area: 241,037 km²
- Languages: English and Swahili
- Where to visit: Murchison Falls, Bwindi Forest National Park, the equator
- Wildlife to spot: gorillas, a host of other primates, tree-climbing lion, shoebill.
Uganda is known for its mountain gorilla populations, for many, tracking these magnificent beasts is a goal of a lifetime. The country also has many opportunities to walk with and see chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey and olive baboons.
This is the country of primate utopia with memorable personal experiences.
Yet Uganda has so much more to offer; Murchison Falls, Africa’s most powerful waterfall, Big 5 sightings, tea and coffee plantations, abundant birdlife, serene lakes and vast open plains teeming with wildlife. The country has a bit of everything yet it does not attract as many visitors as its neighbours Kenya and Tanzania.
Explore the numerous parks, each with their own unique flagship species or activity; particpate in safaris, horse riding excursions, boat trips, coffee making mornings and homestays.
Uganda is an eclectic mix of adventure, culture and wildlife sightings, experience something inspiring every day.
When to go to Uganda
One of the best months for birding due to migratory birds being present. With its short dry season it is good for gorilla tracking as well as safaris on the open savannah.
This is the end of the dry season and vegetation withers in the heat making it easier to spot game as they thirstily congregate around waterholes. Boat safaris are highly recommended!
Despite it being the start of the secondary rainy season, March is a good time to visit as it is low season yet good for wildlife sightings. Good all round.
The wet-season month of April is a good time, with stunning waterfalls and an astonishing diversity of flora. Wildlife produce young as there is food aplenty for them.
This is the month to spot young antelope out on the plains. It is in the rainy season, so make sure you visit Uganda’s waterfalls. It is a wonderfully quiet time to visit.
It is the height of the mango season and the start of the dry season and peak season. Despite this the parks are never feel really crowded so you can have that wilderness feeling.
July is often the most popular month. With warm temperatures and low rainfall, the conditions are ideal to participate in all of Uganda’s diverse activities.
The weather is at its best and the dry vegetation makes it easier to see wildlife, especially those elusive carnivores. Hiking to see primates is easier under foot.
The end of the dry season approaches as rains are expected. Short grazing areas makes it easy to spot wildlife and animals congregate around waterholes.
Although the weather is unpredictable it is a good time to visit Uganda and get away from the crowds. Kampala City Festival – a huge street party, occurs this month.
The rainy season brings verdant vegetation, lush scenery, and incredible flowers. Migratory birds arrive to herald birding season, bringing a variety of colours.
The short rains have stopped, it is a great time to travel around the country. Landscapes are colourful with clear skies and stunning scenery.