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The Weather and Climate in Uganda – East Africa

The Weather and Climate in Uganda – East Africa

Uganda has the perfect weather all year round and always perfect for travelers vising Uganda the Pearl of Africa.

 

The Uganda Weather all year round is perfectly beautiful even with its variations. Its drops of rain at dusk or dawn or out of the blue in the rush of the day, interwoven magically with the clear sky of sun-rays, casting a glorious sunrise or sunset at the horizon; this occurs on the plateau of Uganda, in the well endowed regions each set apart to compliment the other.

 

Whereas the best times of the Year to track Mountain Gorillas would be the dry seasons, you can save a lot of Money on Gorilla Permits in April, May and November as there is always a promotional offer of $450 for the gorilla permit instead of the usual $600.

 

Uganda being a tropical country it has two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season.

  1. The Rainy season: it occurs twice in a year, March-May and September to November.

March-May rains – There is more rainfall throughout the country during these months, with a clear peak in April in the south. Most days have some sunshine as well. Daytime temperatures average around 28°C/82°F and morning temperatures around 16°C/61°F. It will be colder in the gorilla parks at high altitudes and warmer in the low altitudes.

Nyamununka crater lake, Queen Elizabeth during the wet season.

Nyamununka crater lake, Queen Elizabeth during the wet season.

September-November Rains – These months are almost like March, April and May but, on average, there is a bit less rain. Daytime temperatures are about 28°C/82°F.

  1. The Dry season: Like the rainy season, it occurs twice though some regions may be more inclined to being dry most of the times. June to August and December to February yearly.
Dry Season - Queen Elizabeth National park, Uganda

Dry Season – Queen Elizabeth National park, Uganda

June-August – June and July are the driest months in most of the south, but it can still rain. Average temperatures are round 27°C/81°F in the afternoon and 16°C/61°F in the morning. It will be colder at altitudes above 1300m/4265ft, including the gorilla parks.
Unlike the south, these months are part of the wet season in the north. The far north, including Kidepo Valley, is semi-arid and can experience droughts some years.

December-February – Most of the south has less rainfall, but still more when compared to June and July. It is slightly warmer with daytime temperatures of about 28°C/82°F and morning temperatures of 16°C/61°F. The north has a clear dry season with hardly any rain.

 

How to dress in the seasons:

The Rainy times: Especially the heavy March- May require warm clothing with boots. Long sleeved shirts and trousers to shield you from mosquito and other insect bites.

 

The Dry time: These will still require long sleeved shirts to shield you from the dust and also the evenings tend to be a bit chilly.

 

“The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate upon Uganda – ‘The Pearl of Africa’.”  Winston Churchill (My African Journey – 1908)

 

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