NATIONAL PARKS SAFARIS ETHIOPIA

HIGHLIGHTS, WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW TO VISIT

 

UGANDA's CLIMATE ZONES

UGANDA'S CLIMATE ZONES vary from cold permanently wet snowcapped mountains to hot savannahs. Our climate map, graphs and statistics let you see when is the best time to visit.

Uganda Climate Zone

The climate of Uganda is rather equatorial with semi-dry savannahs in the north-east and deciduous to semi-humid forests in the South-west, with rainfall increasing from North to South. Kampala has an average of about 1,400mm of rainfall per year, with peaks in April and November, while there are no periods without any rainfall at all. This makes Southern Uganda rather humid and particularly Western Uganda has quite a few forests, while large parts of the country look green during most of the year. As these are averages, annual fluctuations are considerable and may well fluctuate between 1,100mm and 1,900mm per year.

 

Why consider booking our Uganda National Parks Safari? Because for a very competitive price, you focus on the real national parks of Uganda without losing valuable vacation time in less interesting non-protected locations in the countryside. Our tour takes you into 6 parks and reserves, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Composed by our world-renowned national parks expert, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, this is the best safari on the market. Destinations Overview: UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  Kibale National Park, Mburo National Park Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's most famous park Queen Elisabeth National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala.

 

As rainfall increases with elevation, there is a lot of rainfall in the Rwenzori Mountains and on Mount Elgon, each being clad with beautiful cloud forests. Mount Elgon is renowned for its Podocarpus forest.

 

UGANDA's CLIMATE: The Rwenzori Mountains are Africa's only snow-capped Mountain Chain.Dry savannahs in the lowlands with fabulous wildlife, like the Tomson's Gazelle.

Uganda's Climate Zones vary from the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, to the

Dry savannahs in the lowlands with fabulous wildlife, like the Tomson's Gazelle.

 

Uganda climate: Cloud forest Rwenzori Mountains.Uganda climate: Podacarpus forest.

Cloud forest Rwenzori Mountains.

Podacarpus forest in intermediate rainfall areas.

 

UGANDA's CLIMATE: Uganda's monthly rainfall and temperatures.

The blue bars give the monthly rainfall for Uganda in this World Bank graph, which adds up to about 1,400mm per year, and relatively well-spread over the year, making Uganda some of the greener countries in Africa.

Below are statistics from various sources, to give you an impression of what the climate looks like.

UGANDA's CLIMATE: Rainfall, hours of sun, temperatures, # rainy days.

 

Uganda Climate Zone data for Kampala, as generated by the World Climate Guide.

Climate data for Kampala

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Record high °C °F

33
91

36
97

33
91

33
91

29
84

29
84

29
84

29
84

31
88

32
90

32
90

32
90

36
97

Average high °C °F

28.5
83.3

29.3
84.7

28.7
83.7

27.7
81.9

27.2
81

26.9
80.4

26.7
80.1

27.2
81

27.9
82.2

27.7
81.9

27.4
81.3

28
82

27.8
82

Daily mean °C °F

22.7
72.9

22.6
72.7

22.6
72.7

21.9
71.4

21.4
70.5

21
70

20.6
69.1

20.9
69.6

21.3
70.3

21.8
71.2

21.9
71.4

21.9
71.4

21.72
71.1

Average low °C °F

17.9
64.2

18.3
64.9

18.2
64.8

18.1
64.6

17.9
64.2

17.7
63.9

17.2
63

17.0
62.6

17.2
63

17.5
63.5

17.5
63.5

17.8
64

17.7
63.9

Record low °C °F

12
54

14
57

13
55

14
57

15
59

12
54

12
54

12
54

13
55

13
55

14
57

12
54

12
54

Average rainfall mm inches

71
2.8

54
2.13

119
4.69

174
6.85

124
4.88

66
2.6

56
2.2

91
3.58

106
4.17

126
4.96

152
5.98

86
3.39

1,225
48.23

Avg. rainy days ≥ 1 mm

7

8

12

16

13

8

7

9

11

15

14

10

130

Average relative humidity %

66

68.5

73

78.5

80.5

78.5

77.5

77.5

75.5

73.5

73

71.5

74.5

Mean monthly sunshine hours

155

170

155

120

124

180

186

155

150

155

150

124

1,824

Source: World Meteorological Organization. Climate-Data.org for mean temperatures

Source: BBC Weather

 

Check out our Uganda climate data and decide when is the best time for you to join us on a Uganda National Parks Safari. Do you enjoy lush green landscapes but with less game visibility, or do you prefer to see wildlife better in the more open landscapes during the dry season?

Uganda National Parks Safari Program

 

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your hotel

  1. Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Kampala.

  2. Depending on your arrival flight, time permitting, visit the Kasubi tombs; and

  3. Uganda museum;

  4. Dinner;

  5. Spend the night in a your hotel in Kampala to rest up for your Uganda National Parks Safari.

 

Day 2: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Rhinos have been hunted to extinction in the 1980s, but now in a joint effort between the government and the Rhino association, Uganda is breeding Rhinos in a private 7000 ha reserve, to be released elsewhere in Uganda in the future. You will be able to see the rhinos in their natural setting;

  3. lunch;

  4. In the late afternoon arrival at Murchison National Park so called after the Murchison Waterfall. Visit the magnificent waterfalls at the top, where the river Nile is being forced into a seven meter gap;

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in a lodge in the park.

 

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Game viewing with opportunities to take photographs of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, giraffes, Uganda kobs, lions, etc. and, if you are lucky, some leopards, as well as a great variety of bird species.

  3. Lunch at the lodge;

  4. In the afternoon a boat ride on the Nile to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls. This is an opportunity to see hippos, crocodiles along the riverbanks and many water birds;

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in the park.

 

Day 4: Kibale National Park

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Head for Kibale National Park. En route we pass through lovely traditional villages, while driving through stunning landscape;

  3. Lunch en route;

  4. Arrival in Kibale National Park by late afternoon;

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 5:  Kibale National Park

  1. Breakfast

  2. Chimpanzee tracking with a park ranger. You may also see red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white Columbus monkeys and many other primates in the Kibale Forest.

  3. Lunch;

  4. Visit Bigodi Village and Bigodi Swamp which is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates depending on the availability of time.

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Ride to Queen Elizabeth National park where you can visit a crater lake;

  3. lunch;

  4. Boat ride on the Kazinga Channel;

  5. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park 2

  1. Breakfast;

  2. Game viewing to look out for kobs, lions, elephants, hyenas , buffalos, warthogs, etc.;

  3. lunch;

  4. Southern part of the Queen Elizabeth National park in Ishasha in a search for the tree climbing lions;

  5. Dinner;

  6. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National park

  1. breakfast

  2. Brief game viewing;

  3. Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National park;

  4. Lunch

  5. dinner

  6. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 9: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National park 2

  1. Breakfast

  2. Briefing by the wardens of Bwindi National Park;

  3. The highlight of your Uganda National Parks Safari & tour - meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Enjoy the fullness of the Impenetrable forest which is filled with life.  This great experience takes anything from a few up to about 6hours to find and spend time with the gorillas. Depending on the hour that the gorillas are found, you will have a lunch box or lunch at the lodge;

  4. Dinner;

  5. Spend the night in the lodge in the park.

 

Day 10: Mburo National Park

  1. Breakfast

  2. Ride to Mburo National Park

  3. Canoe ride with lunch box on the way;

  4. Igongo Cultural Centre;

  5. Dinner and spend the in nearby hotel.

 

Day 11: Mburo National park + return 3

  1. Early morning birding excursion by canoe;

  2. breakfast;

  3. Return to Kampala;

  4. Lunch at the equator with an opportunity to shop for Uganda crafts

  5. Return to airport or hotel in Kampala, which ends the national parks tour.

 

Price Uganda National Parks Tour: US$2,950

What you get for the price:

  • Ground transportation by 4X4 Safari vehicle;

  • Air port transfers;

  • $1280 per person in national parks fees, including $600 pp for the Gorilla tracking, $150 for the Chimpanzee tracking and $40 pp per day per park, all of which are compulsory fees to the Uganda National Parks Service!

  • All entry fees into the national parks ($40 per person per park we pay to the Uganda National Park Service);

  • Boat fairs;

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner;

  • Hotels based on 2 person occupancy per room. Single occupancy at an extra charge;

  • English speaking Driver/Guide.

Uganda National Parks Map.

Uganda National Parks Safari Route

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