Safaris in UGANDA are totally unique

Uganda is a great destination to see wildlife in both the forest and the savannah. Gorilla hikes at Bwindi or Mgahinga are not to be missed, while chimpanzees can easily be spotted at Kibale and various other locations. Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks offer wonderful savanna safaris with great wildlife views, as does the more remote Kidepo National Park.

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Time and Weather

Uganda’s tropical climate is a bit different in the north and south of the country. From March to November, the north experiences a warm, rainy wet season, followed by an almost equally warm dry season from December to February. The south, on the other hand, has a couple of dry seasons (December to February and June to July) interrupted by a couple of wet seasons.

On both sides of the equator, there is little fluctuation in temperature throughout the year. The hottest months are January and February when the daytime average is 24-33 ° C (52-91 ° F) with peaks of up to 40 ° C / 104 ° F in the far north. The south has two wet seasons: mid-September to November and March to May, but it really can rain at any time. The north has a continuous wet season from March to November and a more obvious dry season from December to February.

The best time to visit

The drier months, June to August and December to February, are the best for wildlife viewing in Uganda. There is also a lot of sun at this time. In the wetter months, there is a chance that rain will cut through the roads and spoil your primate hiking adventure.

The best months for wildlife viewing in Uganda are during the dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Forest walks with primates are a big part of any safari in Uganda. Rainforest habitat is, by default, very humid, and rain cannot be avoided completely. However, after heavy rains, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.

Wildlife

Elephant, hippopotamus, buffalo, and zebra abound in Uganda. Lion, giraffe, and white rhino are more localized but easily seen in the right place. The leopard is less secure. Bird watching is a true highlight with over 1,000 species recorded. So is the tracking of primates, particularly gorillas and chimpanzees, but there are many other species worth watching. The antelope known as the Uganda kob is found in most savanna reserves and is a favorite prey of the lion.

Wild fauna and flora 

Uganda is a unique destination that offers a wonderful mix of savanna and forest parks. The gorilla and chimpanzee hikes are the highlight, but many smaller primates can also be seen. Uganda also offers excellent savannah safaris, and all the Big Five are present. The lion is quite common in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, and Kidepo National Parks, where they can often be found hunting Ugandan kob.

Wildlife Highlights

Primates are especially well represented in Uganda. The paw monkey, the red-tailed monkey, the l’Hoest monkey, the golden monkey, the Ugandan red colobus, and the Ugandan mangabey are some of the specials. The black and white colobus is widespread throughout the country. Uganda is home to a wide variety of antelope species. The Ugandan kob, the national antelope, is locally common, while the rare sitatunga antelope is found in six of the country’s national parks, but is rarely seen.

The best time to observe wildlife

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

Birds

Uganda’s remarkable bird diversity (more than 1000 species within an area similar in size to Britain) can be attributed to its location between the savanna of East Africa, the humid forests of West Africa, and the semi-desert of the North. The country has only two endemics that only occur in the country, but if only East Africa is taken into account, there are 150 species that are only found in Uganda. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

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