Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa” because of its breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife and plants. Because of her proximity to the equator, the climate is ideal for the ecosystem. Uganda has 56 tribes, all of which are friendly and welcoming to visitors. Uganda’s tourism industry has faced challenges since the country’s independence. The conflict in Northern Uganda led by Joseph Kony reduced the number of safari tourists visiting certain regions of the country.
The country’s peace has been restored and the tourism industry is prospering, with an increasing number of visitors opting for a safari in Uganda. Despite being landlocked, Uganda is endowed with numerous national parks, mountains, lakes, and rivers that are home to a diverse range of birds, animals, and plants. Uganda boasts the largest number of the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the world, making it one of the best tourism destinations. Uganda has the greatest Chimpanzee population in East Africa and visitors may easily see the big five (leopards, hippopotamus, lions, buffaloes, and elephants) – Uganda is the finest area to watch tree climbing lions when on a wildlife safari game drives.
Uganda safaris holidays are exciting, soul-satisfying and life-changing experiences. This is largely due to the various activities available to you. As you plan for your Uganda safaris, here are some of the activities that you can take a part in.
Uganda, like Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and several other nations, straddles the equator, resulting in a modest yearly temperature variation. In Kampala and its environs, the hottest average temperature rarely reaches 29° Celsius (84° Fahrenheit). However, as you travel north, the warmest daytime temperatures average between 24-33° Celsius (52-91° Fahrenheit), with maxima reaching 40° Celsius (104° Fahrenheit) in the extreme north near Kidepo National Park. This is most common in January and February. The tropical climate of Uganda is divided into two seasons: dry and wet.
Northern Uganda has a dry season from December to February and a wet season from March to November. This time span includes Murchison Falls National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kidepo National Park, and Pian Upe Game Reserve.
The southwestern region, which is sandwiched between the Rwenzori Mountains, the Virunga Massif, and the huge Lake Victoria, has two wet seasons. The first season goes from mid-September to November, and the second from March to May. But keep in mind that it can rain at any time of day if you visit this area.
The dry season: June to August and from December to February.
During the dry season in Uganda, average temperatures range from 16° Celsius (61° Fahrenheit) in the morning to 27° Celsius (81° Fahrenheit) in the afternoon. At 1,300 m, it gets exceedingly cold in higher altitudes, such as where the gorillas are found (4,265 ft). June and July are the driest months in the southwest, although expect some rain because the area is primarily covered by rainforests. In contrast to the southwest, these months are part of the northern Wet season.
However, if you travel far north, to Pian Upe or Kidepo Valley, the terrain is semi-arid and can have droughts around this time. In December, January, and February, most of the southwest region receives slightly higher rainfall than in June and July. The north, on the other hand, is visibly dry, with little or no rain.
White Water Rafting