Uganda is situated along the equator providing a constant twelve hours of daylight each day of the year. Due to its elevation above sea level Uganda never experiences high heat or humidity. We generally class Uganda as an all year round destination due to its climate which allows you to visit and undertake activities throughout any of its seasons. The temperature tends to stay in the mid to late thirties all year but there are two distinct dry seasons. The first falls between December to February and the second and main dry season runs from June through until September. March to May is when the heavy rains fall and September announces the arrival of the short rains which then stop by the end of November. During the rainy seasons (be it the short or long season) trekking may become harder due to tougher underfoot conditions. In the Northern part of the country, rainfall levels tend to be lower, resulting in the rainy seasons being less pronounced.
The Best Time to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking can be undertaken all year round in Uganda, however we recommend going in the main dry season between June and September. During this time the forest is less dense and the gorillas are easier to spot and photograph, although occasional rain showers may occur. If you were to travel during the rainy seasons, the forest paths can become slippery and muddy, making trekking and tracking (for the guides) harder. During the rains however, the gorillas, tend to move down the slope for warmth and the abundance of food that the rains bring. The possible advantage may be shorter trek times for you. For those who also enjoy photography or bird watching are in for a treat. The variety and abundance of vibrant flora and iridescent birds is apparent all year round.