The Finest Time to Visit Uganda
Uganda is known as one of the best places to go for a safari due to the fact that it houses a huge number of undiscovered secrets so a safari to Uganda is a regarded as a memorable experience.
Uganda can be visited at any time of the year depending on the traveler’s things to do and see. The best time to visit Uganda to many traveler who are interested in chimpanzees or gorilla trekking is during the dry season.
During the dry season, the country experiences less rain, the weather becomes less cloudy and the mountain routes that take to meet the primates become dry and easy to hike on and also thirsty blow most of the animals to the drinking making sighting and photography very clear.
The usual average temperature of the country is 21.5°C which sometimes at night drops to 12°C. Wet seasons of April and May as well September are not best for gorilla and chimpanzee as the treks are wet and sometimes muddy making the forest impassable.
Are you trying to think about what other special activities to explore on your Gorilla trip? Below are some of the highlighted activities to explore:
Game viewing activities
Although Uganda is famous worldwide for being a home to mountain gorillas and primates as a premium attraction, however, the national parks of the country is occupied with plentiful wildlife. Below are 5 iconic national parks that offer excellent game-viewing for the travelers visit at least one or two on your gorilla and wildlife safari to Uganda;
Queen Elizabeth National Park: The Park is famously known for housing the unique tree-climbing lions, these lions are found in the ishasha sector of the park an extension of Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth national park offers a great opportunity to explore plenty of various animals including the elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, antelope species, the rare giant Hogs, leopards just to mention but a few.
Kidepo Valley National Park: this is one of the famous highly rated visited by most travelers coming to Uganda. The park houses more than 75 mammal’s species of animals including the buffaloes, elephants, leopard, lion, Rothschild giraffe, eland, and more and many species of birds.
Murchison Falls National Park: This Uganda’s largest park is also famously known for housing plenty of games that can be spotted inside the national parks including Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, Cape buffalo, warthogs, waterbucks, elephants, hartebeest, lion, leopard and spotted hyena, plus many species of birds including the rare shoebill etc.
Lake Mburo National Park: The park is known as the nearest park to the capital city Kampala, it’s a home to many species of animals, and some can’t be seen elsewhere in other Uganda parks. To mention some of the animals that live in the park include buffaloes, zebras, leopard, Burch ell’s zebra, eland, leopard, hyena and more.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking:
Sharing 98% of DNA with Humans Mountain gorillas are the prime attractions of Uganda Safaris, more than 1 million visitors are coming to the country only to meet these iconic animals and enjoying their human-like activity.
The country hosts half of the mountain gorillas of the world in its misty mountain forest. The vegetation and climate of the country make it a great place for these iconic animals to live.
While planning your Uganda Gorilla Trekking make sure you book your gorilla tracking permit at least 4-6 months prior.
While planning for a gorilla trek you need to take care of your clothes properly, here are few tips of what clothes you should pack for your gorilla trip:
Pack greens, khakis, and generally dark colors cloths
Bring a long-sleeve shirt, bring a good safari shirt.
Bringing a rain jacket would be considerable
Gaters or long hiking socks are recommended
A good pair of safari boots
Insect repellent with DEET
Bring a good carry-on sized backpack
Don’t forget your camera
Uganda is not only a land of spectacular views, landscapes, and primates but also the country hosts more than 1,050 bird species. The range of forests, swamps and agricultural lands, to lakes and savannahs has become the homeland for these striking birds.
Crossed by the equator and the Albertine Rift valley the pearl of Africa is a great place for the bird lovers. Take some time out to watch the spectacle of these beauties in the national park of the country, these spectacular birds viewing when combined with animals makes the trip a memorable one. Here are the few national parks where you can spot these iconic birds;
Queen Elizabeth National park; it hosts more than 550 species of bird including White-faced Whistling, Spur-winged Plovers, Squacco Heron, Fish Eagle, Pink, and white-backed Pelicans, Long-tailed Cormorants, and more.
Mabamba Bay Wetland at Lake Victoria; you can spot shoebill, swamp flycatcher, papyrus gonolek, malachite kingfisher, pied kingfisher, black-headed heron, black kite, African open-billed stork, African jacana, lesser jacana, winding cisticola, and many more.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; hosting more than 350 bird species including 23 Albertine Rift endemics showcases African green broadbill, Chapin’s flycatcher, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, handsome francolin, mountain-masked, and more.
Murchison Falls National Park; home to 450 bird species you can watch some elusive shoebill, swamp flycatcher, goliath heron, Abyssinian ground hornbill, northern red bishop, red-throated bee-eater, African quail finch, pied, malachite and giant kingfishers.
Semuliki National Park; hosting 441 species in its area you can spot some Nkulengu rail, piping hornbill, blue-billed malimbe, yellow-throated cuckoo, dwarf honey guide, and white-crested hornbill inside the park.
The giant mountain gorillas sometimes dominate chimpanzees residing in Uganda, however, Chimpanzee Safari Uganda is another major attraction of the country. Chimpanzees are also considered to be one of the closest relatives of human beings as they share almost 98% of human DNA.
Thus most of their activities are just like humans, like they tend to hug, kiss, show angry expressions, and more just like humans. Here are a few tips if you are planning for a Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda.
Both the dry and wet season are good as in dry season chimps tracking is easier but rainy season enables discounted prices along with lower visitors.
Book your Chimpanzee tracking permits 4-6 months prior
Don’t go near chimps if you have any contagious diseases as chimps can catch it easily.
Rainproof gears and hiking boots are recommended to carry as the weather is unpredictable.
Use insect replant.
Uganda offers many extended activities to its visitors if you are not satisfied with a Chimpanzee Tracking trip, or gorilla safaris, or bird watching you can try on a boat safari in Uganda.
Being a land to magnificent falls and Rivers the country offers better views of wildlife, reptiles, and birds through a boat safari. Here are a few places where you can enjoy the beauty of this country by getting into the water;
Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel
Murchison Falls National Park boat safaris
Lake Victoria Boat Safaris
A boat safari on Lake Mburo
Uganda is a land of magic and beauty while planning your Uganda Safari Tours make sure you choose a good trekking operator who will let you discover the best of this country. We at “SASO Uganda Safaris” believe to let our travelers experience the best of this country that will attract them to come back again to this country.
Book your Uganda Gorilla Safaris, or Uganda Chimpanzee tracking safari with us and avail the best service of the country has to offer. For more details and what to do on a Uganda safari please contact us we are always at your disposal.