"Remind me that the most fertile lands were built by the fires of volcanoes"
With staggering views of lakes and misty volcanoes, the mighty Nile River, beautiful national parks and stretches of Lake Victoria there are reasons aplenty to visit Uganda’s bountiful and diverse wilderness destinations. The Ugandan people are also some of the friendliest and most welcoming we have encountered on our travels.
Many Africa bound travellers will head to the home of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla communities: the Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi National Park located in the Ruwenzori Mountains, the tallest mountain range in Africa.
For any adventure seeking naturalist, an Uganda gorilla trekking journey should be combined with a visit to the profusion of other fantastic natural wonders in the country. Bird watchers… this is definitely the country for you. With over 1000 bird species (10 percent of the world's bird population!) your binoculars need to be at the ready! And for those with energy to spare - Uganda’s mountains and jungles offer some of the most exciting walking and hiking in Africa.
The Pearl of Africa
Uganda is located in eastern Africa, west of Kenya, south of South Sudan, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and north of Rwanda and Tanzania. It is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, and is surrounded by three of them, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, and Lake Victoria.
The traveller can get to Uganda via Entebbe International Airport from various international airports including other African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. The other gateway to Uganda, if traveling to the southwest of the country for primate and volcanoes trekking, is Kigali International Airport in Rwanda.
June to September, January to March
Between the periods of rain, Uganda has two dry seasons: one, characterized by very little to no rainfall from June to September and a shorter dry period from December to February. It is always good to bear in mind that given the location of this country, you should not be surprised if you experience rain outside of the “formal” wet season. In addition, should you want to travel over the dry period to experience gorilla trekking, it is imperative that you book a long time in advance in order to secure gorilla permits and accommodation. For good reason, this is a very popular experience.
If your primary reason for visiting Uganda is to visit the gorillas at the best time of year, this is the season for you- especial the long dry season between June and September. Both dry seasons also tie in well with other safari destinations in Uganda such as Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kibale National Parks, as well neighboring countries, Kenya and Tanzania.
April and May, October to December
Uganda has two rainy seasons. The one lasts from February to June, and the other from September to December. The parks at this time of year can be refreshingly quiet as most people tend to want to focus on primate trekking when conditions are dry. If you don’t mind rain, and want to avoid lots of other people on the same route, then travelling out of “peak” season is a great option.