Weather and climate in Uganda – Best time to visit

Uganda has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from (21-25C / 70-75F), apart from the mountainous areas which are much cooler, such as  Mt. Elgon, the Rwenzori region and South Western areas.

The hottest months are from December to February, however evenings can feel chilly even after the heat of the day with temperatures around 12-16C / 54-61F.

Most regions apart from dry areas in the North experience heavy rain between March to May and between October and November when road transport can become difficult in some parts of the country.

The best time for trekking is during the dry seasons between January to February and June to September. Wildlife viewing is also best at the end of the dry seasons when most game are concentrated around water sources.

Light weight clothes during day and a warm cover up during evenings is advised. Carry a pair of good walking shoes or boots for forest trekking. Also carry a long sleeved top to protect you from mosquito bites.

If you are visiting mountainous areas, carry warm clothing as temperatures drop substantially. White clothes won’t stay white for long with Uganda’s red dusty roads so go for darker colours.

Weather and climate in Uganda - Best time to visit Uganda

Uganda’s local cuisine is as diverse as it is delicious, however care should be taken when eating and drinking during your travels with the following precautions advised:

❭❭ Running water should regarded as a potential health risk at all times. Bottled water is recommended, and all unbottled water will need to be boiled, or otherwise sterilised, before drinking.

❭❭ Milk in Uganda is unpasteurised and must be boiled before use.

❭❭ Only eat well-cooked meat and food preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruits peeled.

Please read the below information carefully. Before travelling ensure you seek up-to-date advice from your doctor and purchase adequate travel insurance for your stay.

❭❭ HIV/AIDS is widespread and you should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure.

❭❭ Vaccinations against Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis are sometimes advised.

❭❭ Malaria is a large concern for travellers visiting Uganda. Seek up-to date advice regarding anti-malarial medications prior to your trip. Take a good insect repellent and cover up during the night to avoid bites.

❭❭ Yellow Fever is a risk for travellers in Uganda and a certificate of vaccination is required for all travellers aged 1 year or over.