The Best Places to Visit in Uganda

Uganda is a country that offers great tourist spots with its incredible variety of landscapes, natural environments, and animals. The right place to experience a magical holiday. Let’s see together some of the most popular destinations.

Useful Facts About Uganda

Uganda

  • Inhabitants: 41.49 million
  • Capital: Kampala
  • Languages: English language, Swahili language
  • Local currency: Ugandan shilling € 1.00 = UGX 4,430.93
  • Climate: sunny climate with temperatures rarely above 29 degrees
  • Vaccinations: Vaccination against yellow fever mandatory. Malaria prophylaxis and tetanus vaccination recommended
  • Entry requirements: To visit the country it is necessary to have a valid passport and a visa
  • Travel/health insurance: Recommended

When is the best time to go to Uganda?

Uganda

The temperature is quite stable, which is why climate change is marked by the rains, which are concentrated in two major periods.

Climate

The climate is sunny, with an average temperature of 26 degrees, with a maximum between 18 and 35 degrees and minimums between 8 and 23 degrees depending on the part of the country. There are only 2 seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.

Best Period to Visit

January and February, are the least rainy months that you can consider if you have plans in visiting the place. Even July and August are not very rainy, but only in the south, they are therefore the ideal months to visit Kampala, Lake Victoria, and the southern parks.

Period to Avoid

April, May, October, and November in the south, and from April to October in the north, given the high percentage of rain.

Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Bunyonyi

Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Bunyonyi

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Queen Elizabeth National Park Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second-largest national park. Inhabited by a large number of animals, the park is famous for its chimpanzees. The great variety of landscapes, characterized by undulating plains and arid Savannah alternating with mountain ranges, give the park spectacular scenery.

A different point of view of the park can be admired from the boat that travels the 32 kilometers of Kazinga Channe: it is a natural channel that dominates the landscape of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and connects Lake George, fed by the waters of the Rwenzori Mountains, at Lake Edward, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Not far from the park is Lake Bunyonyi which, with its 29 islets, represents a real geological curiosity: it is located at an altitude of 1,950 meters and a depth of 900 meters. Here there is no great wildlife but, on the other hand, there are numerous species of birds, which will make birdwatchers happy.

Best Period to Visit

June, July, August, September, January, and February, are the driest months of the year. During this time it is easier to spot animals along with the water sources.

Average Price

Price starts from € 1000.00 per person which is already good for 5 days of stay in the place.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a protected natural area in southwestern Uganda, which owes its name to the fact that most of its areas are not reachable, if not on foot.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, due to its exceptional biodiversity, the park is home to many endangered species such as the mountain gorilla.

Overall, the Bwindi park provides habitat for over 120 mammal species, 46 bird species, 202 butterfly species, and 163 different tree species

Best Period to Visit

From June to August and from December to February, when rainfall is rarer and it is possible to cross the park with ease. The wet periods of the year, on the other hand, are ideal for birdwatching, as migratory birds begin to arrive at the Bwindi.

Average Price

The price starts from € 1,220.00 per person

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park

Kibale-National-ParkKibale National Park is a national park located in southern Uganda, which mainly includes rainforests, therefore evergreen and humid. The park is the continuation of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, a destination for the movements of the elephant population.

Kiabale Park also offers rips aro a community of chimpanzees, as well as several other species of monkeys, which can be safely observed up close, during a walk.

Best Period to Visit

June, July, August, September, January, and February, are considered the driest months of the year.

Average Price

It starts from € 615.00 per person which is already good for 3 to 4 days.

Trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains + Safari

Rwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzori Mountains are the largest mountain range in Africa, comprising peaks that rise over 4,500 meters in altitude, located along the border between Uganda and Congo and extend for over 120 kilometers.

The main peak is Margherita, at 5,109 meters on Mount Stanley. The most used route to climb the mountains is the central circuit, which begins at the National Park, continues up to the Mobuku River valley, goes around Mount Baker, and climbs up to the Margherita peaks.

This route crosses four different areas: the mountain forest, the bamboo forest, the alpine area, and the glaciers. It is not uncommon to be able to glimpse even some animals during the ascent.

Best Period to Visit

During the dry season, i.e. between December and March, between June and July, between September and October.

Average Price

It starts from € 1,790.00 per person which is already good for 10 days of stay in the area.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda. Established in 1952, it is part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area and is located in the northwestern part of the country. It includes a stretch of the coast of Lake Albert and is divided in two by the Victoria Nile, which crosses it from east to west and which gives rise to the Murchison Falls from which the park takes its name.

The park encompasses diverse habitats: equatorial, tropical, Savannah, and rain forests, and is rich in wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, crocodile, elephant, chimpanzee, and large birdlife.

Murchison Falls, which tumbles from a 45-meter wall through an 8-meter gorge, offers a sensational sight, which can be photographed during one of the many game drives.

Best Period to Visit

January is the best time to visit this place. It is considered a dry month.

Average Price

It starts from € 754.54 per person

What to wear and pack?

Uganda

Uganda is crossed by the Equator, whose climate is mitigated by the different altitudes that alternate within the country. The temperature variations during the year are contained, even if we still have a warmer period, in the months from December to March, more noticeable in the north, and a cooler period, which runs from June to September.

Generally, the temperatures are pleasant, although sometimes it can be very hot during the day, especially in the hot period, while at night it can even get cold, depending on the altitude.

Recommended Clothing

Recommended Clothing

  • Light clothes for the day and a jacket for the evening
  • Scarf for the breeze, for the plateau at higher altitudes, warm clothes, and a sweater for the mountain peaks

Useful Accessories

Sweater

  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Gloves

Remember that Uganda is crossed by the equator, so you need to take the necessary protection from the sun, especially if you go to the mountains.

Travel Insurance Advice

Travel Insurance Advice

We always rely on a trusted insurance company, which provides comprehensive coverage at absolutely competitive prices.

They must also provide customer assistance, an always active call center, and 24-hour medical insurance with unlimited telephone support.