Best Time to Visit Uganda

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Uganda. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Entebbe. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Uganda for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 16 °C to 27 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 2.5610.08 in (7 – 17 Days of Rain)
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General & Geographical Location

The Republic of Uganda is a landlocked state in East Africa with around 35 million inhabitants, the capital and largest city of the country is Kampala. The former capital Entebbe is about 22 miles away.

Uganda is situated at equatorial level and borders the neighbouring countries Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo, Kenya and Southern Sudan.

The country is part of the Commonwealth of Nations and achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1962. Official languages are English and Swahili.

Uganda looks back on a turbulent, more recent past that revealed its dark side, especially during the dictatorship of Idi Amin in the 1970s. But the subsequent regime under Milton Obote also brought drastic human rights violations and persecution of population groups.

For some years now, however, it can be said with certainty that the political situation in Uganda has calmed down considerably. Homophobia remains an outlawed offence for which a life sentence can be imposed. Corruption is also still a major issue at all levels of government.

On the other hand, there are the unique attractions of the up-and-coming Republic of Uganda, which is so rich in natural beauty and scenic drama.

Encounters with wild mountain gorillas, trekking tours through breathtaking national parks and rainforests as well as the high hospitality of the locals make up the magic of Uganda.

The highest elevation of Uganda is Mount Stanley (Margherita Peak) with 51110 meters, generally large parts of the country lie on the East African plateau above 1000 meters.

Climate in Uganda

Uganda 2009 (guido da rozze)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-ND 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Despite its proximity to the equator, the high altitudes in Uganda ensure a comparatively moderate, tropical-equatorial climate. The temperatures are therefore not extremely high, there are only minor fluctuations throughout the year and instead of the classic seasons, the alternating damp climate is mainly determined by rainy seasons.

Lake Victoria has a great influence on precipitation and the change between the dry season and the rainy season in Uganda. The first dry season usually lasts from about the end of December to the end of February, the second dry season runs from June to the beginning of September.

Conversely, the periods March to the end of May and September to November can be described as the rainy season in Uganda due to heavy showers in some cases. The (rather untouristic) north of Uganda has a significantly longer rainy season from about mid-March without noticeable interruption into October.

Best Time to Visit Uganda: Overview

JanuaryJan
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MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 27 °C
AprilApr
Up to 10.08 in of rainof rain
MayMay
Up to 9.61 in of rainof rain
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OctoberOct
TemperaturesTemp. up to 26 °C
NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 26 °C
DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 26 °C

When is the optimal travel time for Uganda?


Most travellers leave out the north of the country, so the best time to travel in Uganda is focused on the dry seasons in the centre and south of the country. This applies equally to safaris, hikes and adventure trips.

The best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda is between December and February and from mid-June to early September. This applies to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, famous for its mountain gorillas, as well as Queen Elizabeth National Park south of Rwenzori.

Traveling to Uganda during the rainy season is generally possible and typically cheaper, but heavy tropical rains can result in impassable roads and wildlife observation can be impaired by lush vegetation and poorer visibility.

From March there will be more rainfall in the whole country, statistically April is the rainy season of the year in the south and southwest as well as at Lake Victoria. Closely followed by the following May, which is even slightly wetter inland and is therefore considered to be the worst travel season together with April.

Climate Chart Uganda

Entebbe

Climate Chart Entebbe
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Uganda

In the following, you will find the climate table for Uganda, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Entebbe (Uganda)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature27°27°27°26°26°25°25°25°26°26°26°26°
Night Temperature17°17°18°18°18°17°16°16°17°17°17°17°
Precipitation (inch)2.563.586.2610.089.614.372.992.952.954.535.164.57
Rainy days9814171612778101210
Hours of Sunshine777666667677
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Entebbe is 21.7 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: February (22.8 °C)
Coldest month: July (20.6 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 59.61 inch on 130 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): April, and May
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 19.69 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Entebbe.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 7.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and activities


Uganda can certainly be described as a demanding tourist destination, for the civil war has left its mark on many old buildings. But anyway, the richness of flora and fauna and the beauty of the landscape are the absolute highlights of Uganda.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is of course the flagship of tourism, but there is also a lot to explore for nature and animal lovers. In the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary even rhinos can be admired up close.

The most popular reserves include the wetlands in Lake Mburo National Park, the species-rich Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park with its impressive Nile waterfall and exciting animal encounters, and chimpanzee tracking in the Budongo Forest Reserve.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Entebbe
few clouds     few clouds, 20 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 4 mph NW
Air Pressure: 1017 hPa       Humidity: 88 %
Last updated: 14th Oct 2019, 10:34 pm
The next days …
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moderate rain18 °C to 26 °Clight rain18 °C to 27 °Cmoderate rain18 °C to 26 °Cmoderate rain17 °C to 23 °Cmoderate rain16 °C to 23 °Cmoderate rain17 °C to 22 °C
18 °C to 26 °C18 °C to 27 °C18 °C to 26 °C17 °C to 23 °C16 °C to 23 °C17 °C to 22 °C
Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 64 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 89 %Clouds: 100 %
0.35 in of rain0.04 in of rain0.27 in of rain0.35 in of rain0.32 in of rain0.42 in of rain
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Uganda: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 1 reviews for Uganda holiday already. Average rating is 4 of 5 stars.
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    Verena, 35 years old was there in August

    A lot of sun and in some parts rain, but in total very pleasant

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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