Uganda is a small but stunning, year round destination in the heart of East Africa. It is a land characterised by great lakes, waterfalls, dramatic mountains and amazing wildlife populations.
Uganda is home to the mist covered ”Mountains of the Moon” in the Rwenzori National Park, is the source of the world’s longest river - the mighty Nile, and has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the mountain gorilla which is one of the rarest animals on the planet.
There are about 790 mountain gorillas in the world with over 460 in Uganda. A visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will bring you face to face with our closest animal relative.
A UNESCO world heritage site, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a dense rain forest in southwestern Uganda. The National Park is dominated by the Virunga mountain range and the landscape is dotted with waterfalls and lakes and with a high annual rainfall the rainforest is deserving of its name – Impenetrable. Bwindi is host to the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. It is estimated that 65% of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas, about 460, live within Bwindi’s boundaries. A look into the deep and expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely one of the most unforgettable wildlife encounters that Africa has to offer.
Bwindi is also home to the Batwa Pygmies, who are the oldest inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. These hunter gatherers, whose existence was first recorded over 4000 years ago, have a rich, deep culture and history that they are very happy to share. A visit to their community is a unique cultural experience unlike any other and will assist in help conserve their community and way of life.
When you visit will largely depend on when you are available to travel, but if you have flexibility to choose then it becomes a matter of what you are looking for from your trip and the seasons affect both wildlife movements and your comfort level - both influencing factors in deciding when to travel.
Best time to go: December to February, June to September
Uganda can be visited all year round. Situated astride the Equator, the country enjoys a tropical climate with very little temperature variation throughout the year.
December to February and June to September are periods acknowledged as the best time to go to Uganda because the rainfall is less. In the southern part of the country, April is the rainiest month. The rains stretch up to May, with another wet season in October to November.
Although the dry months are good for gorilla trekking and birding, you might see more during the wet months since this is when breeding occurs.