Welcome to the pearl of Africa. Remote wilderness areas, breathtaking scenery, extraordinary cultural diversity and incredible wildlife.
Straddling the Equator, with shimmering lakes, lofty mountain and mysterious forests, Uganda contains four of Africa’s Seven Great Lakes, it’s the source of the White Nile at Jinja and it has the greatest variety of primates anywhere in Africa, including Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas.
Source of the Nile, Trekking with the Mountain Gorilla, Lake Bunyonyi
Bwindi has a wet, yet mild, climate. Temperatures remain consistent year-long due to its short distance from the equator. Daytime temperatures of around 23°C/73°F are usual, with a significant drop at night to around 11°C/52°F. The altitude in Bwindi is varied, from 1160 to 2607m (3806 - 8553ft). This results in wide climatic variations within the park, as the temperature is lowered by about 6.5°C for every 1000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1000ft). Tourists mostly visit the area of lower altitude. Rain can happen anytime in Bwindi, as there is no Dry season. The months of June and July receive the least rain, while there is a period of lesser rainfall from December to February.
From March to May and October to November the rainfall is highest. It is recommended to pack waterproof clothing and good hiking shoes that are suitable for walking wet forest trails.
The climate in Kibale is moist and temperate. The temperatures stay the same, almost year-round since it’s close to the equator. During the day temperatures are nearly 27°C/81°F, cooling off nightly to about 15°C/59°F. In the south, the altitude level drops down to the rift valley floor, and forest gives way to open grassland. As a result, rainfall is lower, and temperatures are higher.
Kibale lacks a real Dry season, so rain is possible anytime, although the months of December through February are typically drier. June and July also experience wet weather. Two Wet seasons exist: March to May and August through November. It is recommended to bring waterproof clothing and shoes.
The best time for a gorilla trekking safari is in the dry seasons when the hiking conditions are ideal.