When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Uganda in 2021?

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When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Uganda in 2021?

When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Uganda in 2021?

Travelers ask them selves when’s the best time of year to visit Uganda in 2021, when they are planning to visit Uganda.

In this article we give a month by month description of the best time to visit Uganda, Including the best months, pros/cons, high/low seasons and the best/worst weather! just to list a few.

Uganda has a tropical climate and can be visited throughout the year. The green and wet months are March-May and November and the dry or sunny months are June-October and December to February.

Specifically, Any time is the best time to visit Uganda because weather varies between regions, especially north hotter-drier than south.

It could rain five times in one day.However the sun will still shine, erasing any trace of a downpour. This constantly reminds you that the sun after the rain is more beautiful than the sun before the rain.


January is typically a dry month, so dry that the locals often jokingly refer to it as “Januworry”, as it tends to be dry in their pockets, too, after they spent a bit too much over the Christmas holidays.

It’s the warmest month by far, although it can rain at any time.

Little to no rain means that travel might be seamless, and the skies are bluer, promising beautiful photographs and passable roads.

It’s a good time for a game drive, or to take a boat ride, hot air balloon safari and marvel at the wildlife as it’s lured to the waterholes.

January 26  is Liberation Day, Uganda’s first holiday on the calendar, commemorating the day the reigning government took power in 1986.

Rainfall:: Nine days (central), four days (north), 12 days (south).

Temperature: 27°C/80.6°F (central), 32.5°C/90.5°F (north), 22°C/71.6°F (south).the best time to visit Uganda-January game drive


February is a good time to go birdwatching with our best tour guides, the weather is still perfect for a game drive and if you’re in Kampala, you can attend the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo organised by the Uganda Tourism Board.

It’s a three-day exhibition bringing together the best of Uganda’s tourism sector to showcase Ugandan travel resources such as the diverse birdlife, the Big 5, adventure tourism, culture tourism and so much more.

Check out our tours, they cover most of these activities. in addition you can request for an individual made trip.

Enjoy the different tastes of cuisines from all corners of Uganda, a children’s play area, a mini zoo and an adventure corner with quad bikes, horse rides, traditional board games and more fun stuff.

16 February is Archbishop Janani Luwum Day, when Ugandans remember the life of the second Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Uganda.

Rainfall: Nine days (central), seven days (north), 13 days (south)

Temperature: 27°C/80.6°F (central), 31°C/87.8°F (north), 22°C/71.6°F (south)

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March is the beginning of the first wet season. Have an umbrella with you at all times; sandals or flip flops aren’t great footwear choices, because of the poor drainage in the city and the mud out of the city.

Not only in cities but also in parks, the roads are slippery as most roads to some parks aren’t tammarc.

It’s the start of the low season, so prices are going to go low; take advantage of this and book into that hotel or resort that caught your eye, for example Broadbill Forest camp, and 7 seasons entebbe

8 March is International Women’s Day.

A good question usually asked is:

Is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park accessible for Gorilla Trekking?

And the answer is Yes, because the rainy season has just begun and importantly the hotels are not overcrowded.

Rainfall: 15 days (central), 10 days (north), 16 days (south)

Temperature: 25.9°C/78.6°F (central), 28°C/82.4°F (north), 22°C/71.6°F (south)

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April can be an answer to When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Uganda in 2021? because of low prices

The roads are nearly impassable in April because of the rain. Around this time, the Uganda Wildlife Authority used to discount trekking permits. However this is nolonger the case.

If you’re on a budget, this is a great chance for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The downside is that you can’t change your gorilla tracking permit if it pours on your tracking day, and departures go as scheduled.

The trail is soggy and slippery, and therefore quite challenging.

The good news is, it’s believed that gorillas tend to move to the warmer parts by the slopes during the wet months, so your hike could be short.

Waterproofs are definitely essential.

Rainfall: 23 days (central), 17 days (north), 20 days (south)

Temperature: 25.9°C/78.6°F (central), 26°C/78.8°F (north), 22.5°C/72.5°F (south)

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The rains are still in full swing, and it’s a good idea to get muddy however Ugandan whether is changing.

Go quad biking in the east along the banks of the mighty River Nile, through the villages, dodging potholes and sliding into mud puddles;

As they say, ‘The wetter, the better!’ Or better yet, go west and get sporty by taking part in the annual Kyaninga triathlon, duathlon or the most beautiful five kilometres (three miles) you will ever run, along the glistening crater lake in the foothills of the scenic Rwenzori mountains;

The adventure consists of six nights of rural African bliss at the luxurious lodge in this region, including a game drive, a boat safari and a chimpanzee trek.

1 May is Labor Day.

Rainfall: 17 days (central), 17 days (north), 15 days (south)

Temperature: 26°C/78.8°F (central), 28°C/88.4°F (north), 22.5°C/72.5°F

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June in my opinion is the best answer to When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Uganda in 2021?

June is one of the best months to come to Uganda. It’s peak season, which means the skies are clear, but rates are high.

Gorilla permits need to be booked well in advance as it’s also the best time to track these primates. Animals roam freely out in the reserves, making spotting easier, and thrilling.

Make Uganda your wedding destination and attend the biggest Bride & Groom Expo. This three-day exhibition is a one-stop shop for everything you need for a wedding, from gowns and cakes to honeymoon lingerie and everything in between. You’ll be wowed by how far Ugandans will go to pull off a show-stopping wedding!

3 June is Uganda Martyrs Day, when millions of pilgrims from all over the world flock to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine to remember those who died for their beliefs.

Pilgrims from within East Africa and else where walk for weeks to make the pilgrimage. Even though a trip to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine is highly recommended while you’re in Kampala, you really shouldn’t go there on this day, as the crowds are very overwhelming and traffic is heavily restricted.

9 June is National Heroes Day, to honour those who played a major role in creating a better future for the people of Uganda.

Rainfall: 10 days (central), 14 days (north), four days (south)

Temperature: 25.1°C/70.7°F (central), 28°C/82.4°F (north), 22.5°C/72.5°F

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July can also be the answer to the question When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Uganda in 2021?

July is the coolest month pretty much everywhere in Uganda.

Explore the rugged semi-arid valleys o Kidepo National Park and marvel at the unique flora and flora, or hike the sunny pretty Mount Elgon in the east or the magical snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains in the southwest for that off-the-beaten-track experience.

Take a trip through Kampala, enjoy the beautiful chaos and experience the reason it’s known as East Africa’s nightlife capital.

Rainfall: 10 days (central), 16 days (north), three days (south)

Temperature: 21.5°C/70.7°F (central), 26°C/78.8°F (north), 22.5°C/72.5°F (south)

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Bayimba Festival of the Arts kicks off in August in Jinja, eastern Uganda.

The country’s longstanding festival focuses on uplifting arts and culture in Uganda through cultural exchange and creativity, and it’s such an inclusive festival that it shouldn’t be missed.

In the north, closing the month is the vibrant Karamoja Cultural Event; an unforgettable authentic African experience with the agro-pastoral nomadic Karamojong.

It’s a four-day nomad bush camping adventure with game drives in Uganda’s remotest and best-kept secret, Kidepo Valley.

Rainfall: Nine days (central), 18 days (north), nine days (south)

Temperature: 25.2°C/77.4°F (central), 28°C/82.4°F (north), 22.5°C/72.5°F (south)

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September can as well be an answer to When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Uganda in 2021?

September is the month of Uganda’s biggest music festival, MTN Nyege Nyege in Jinja.

It always rains during this festival, giving revellers every reason to dance and play in the rain.

This four-day event attracts people from all over the world, showcasing underground musical acts from different parts of the continent, different tastes of African cuisines, fashion, art and so much more.

Nyege Nyege is Uganda’s very own Coachella, with five stages and over 200 artists.

Rainfall: Nine days (central), 16 days (north), 13 days (south)

Temperature: 26°C/78.8°F (central), 29°C/84.2°F (north), 22.5°C/72.5°F (south)
the best time to visit Uganda-Nyege nyege festival


The Kampala City Festival jumpstarts this low season with a three-day celebration of culture, innovation, unity and social life. Kampala Road, the city’s main road, is closed off to make way for stages showcasing various acts and performances, a street market, food stalls and a lot of merriment.

9 October is Independence Day.

Can you do a city tour on ugandas’ independence day?

Yes, basically celebrations are not always in kampala.

Rainfall: 13 days (central), 16 days (north), 17 days (south)

Temperature: 25.9°/78.6° (central), 27°C/80.6°F (north), 22°C/71.6°F (south)

the best time to visit Uganda Kampala city
Kampala city Uganda


Some lodges, hotels and camps in high rainfall areas tend to close because of the heavy rains.

However, the Milege World Music Festival is on, another high-quality three-day event showcasing unique arts from around the world, a chance for a variety of sightseeing activities for both young and old and an opportunity to enjoy Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

November is also the season of grasshoppers “nsenene “, a delicacy in Central Uganda.

Locals jokingly say that bad things are bound to happen to you if the season comes and goes without eating nsenene. 

Therefore, if you’re in Kampala around this time, make sure to try them out so bad fortune doesn’t befall you.

Rainfall: 14 days (central), 10 days (north), 18 days (south)

Temperature: 26°C/78.8°F (central), 30°C/86°F (north), 21°C/69.8°F

the best time to visit Uganda with a christmas cocktail

December can be the best answer to When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Uganda in 2021?

Christmas songs blare from shops and joyous is the mood in many corners of the country in anticipation of the holiday season.

There are plenty of seasonal discounts on hotels and lodges, so use this chance for you and your family to escape the dreary winter back home and experience the warmth of Uganda’s festive season!

Where can i obtain tourism services in this season?

Hotels, Camp, National parks continue with normal bussiness and infact services are more than available.

Rainfall: 14 days (central), seven days (north), 16 days (south)

Temperature: 25.9°C/78.6°F (central), 30°C/86°F (north), 24°C/75°F (south)

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