Uganda is a country that offers suggestive emotions, with its incredible variety of landscapes, natural environments and animals. The right place to experience a magical holiday. Let's see together some of the most popular destinations.
- Travel informed: useful information
- When to go: climate and best time
- Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Bunyonyi
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Kibale National Park
- Trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains + Safari
- Murchison Falls National Park
- What to wear and what to pack
- User questions and comments
Travel informed: useful information
- Inhabitants: 41,49 million
- Capital: Kampala
- Languages: English language, Swahili language
- Local currency: Ugandan shilling € 1,00 = UGX 4.430,93
- Weather: sunny climate with temperatures rarely above 29 degrees
- vaccinations: Yellow fever vaccination mandatory. Malaria prophylaxis and tetanus vaccination recommended
- Entry requirements: to visit the country it is necessary to have a valid passport and visa. The visa can be purchased directly at the airport, at a cost of 50 dollars, or by submitting the request to the consulates of Uganda, which are located in Rome or Milan. To purchase a visa at the airport, you will need: a passport, valid for at least six months, the completed application form, two passport-size photos, a yellow fever vaccination certificate and flight booking, round trip.
- Travel / health insurance: recommended.
When to go: climate and best time
The temperature is quite stable, which is why climate change is marked by the rains, which are concentrated in two major periods.
- Weather: the climate is sunny, with an average temperature of 26 degrees, with maximums between 18 and 35 degrees and minimums between 8 and 23 degrees depending on the part of the country. There are only 2 seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.
- Best time: January and February, the least rainy months. Even July and August are not very rainy, but only in the south, they are therefore the ideal months to visit Kampala, Lake Victoria and the southern parks
- Period to avoid: April, May, October and November in the south, and from April to October in the north, given the high percentage of rain.
1 - Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Bunyonyi
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest national park in Uganda. Inhabited by a large number of animals, the park is famous for its chimpanzees. The great variety of landscapes, characterized by undulating plains and arid savannah alternating with mountain ranges, give the park spectacular scenery.
You have a different point of view of the park admiring it from a boat, or rather, from the boat that travels the 32 kilometers of Kazinga Channe: it is a natural channel that dominates the landscape of Queen Elizabeth National Park and connects Lake George, fed by the waters of the Rwenzori Mountains, to Lake Edward, on the border with the Republic Democratic of the Congo.
Not far from the park is Lake Bunyonyi which, with its 29 islets, represents a real geological curiosity: it is located at an altitude of 1.950 meters and 900 meters deep. Here there is not much wildlife but, on the other hand, there are numerous species of birds, which will make bird watchers happy.
- Best time: June, July, August, September, January and February, which are the driest months of the year. During this time it is easier to spot animals along the water sources.
- Recommended duration: 5 days
- Average price: starting from € 1000,00 per person
2 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi MPpenetrable National Park is a protected natural area in southwestern Uganda, which owes its name to the fact that most of its areas are not reachable, if not on foot.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, thanks to its exceptional biodiversity, the park is home to many endangered species such as the mountain gorilla. Overall, the Bwindi park provides habitat for over 120 mammal species, 46 bird species, 202 butterfly species, and 163 different tree species.
- Best time: from June to August and from December to February, when rainfall is rarer and it is possible to cross the park with ease. The wet periods of the year, on the other hand, are ideal for birdwatching, as migratory birds begin to arrive at the Bwindi.
- Recommended duration: 4 days
- Average price: starting from € 1.220,00 per person
- Safari recommended: Gorilla Experience: 4-day tour from Entebbe from € 3.800 per couple
3 - Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is a national park located in southern Uganda, which mainly includes rainforests, therefore evergreen and humid. The park forms the continuation of Queen Elizabeth National Park, half of the movements of the elephant population.
Kiabale Park also offers shelter to chimpanzee communities, as well as several other species of monkeys, which can be safely observed up close during a walk.
- Best time: June, July, August, September, January and February, the driest months of the year.
- Recommended duration: 3 days
- Average price: starting from € 615,00 per person
- Safari recommended: 4 Day Chimpanzee Monitoring - Tour from Entebbe from € 3.000 per couple
4 - Trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains + Safari
The Rwenzori Mountains are the largest mountain range in Africa, including peaks that rise over 4.500 meters in altitude, located along the border between Uganda and Congo, and extend for over 120 kilometers. The main peak is Margherita, at 5.109 meters on Mount Stanley. The most used route to climb the mountains is the central circuit, which begins at the National Park, continues up to the Mobuku River valley, goes around Mount Baker and climbs up to the Margherita peaks. That path crosses four different areas: the mountain forest, the bamboo forest, the alpine area and the glaciers. It is not uncommon to be able to glimpse some animals during the ascent.
- Best time: during the dry season, i.e. between December and March, between June and July, between September and October.
- Recommended duration: 10 days
- Average price: starting from € 1.790,00 per person
- Recommended excursion: 8 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tour from € 6.000 per couple
5 - Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest national park. Established in 1952, it is part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area, and is located in the northwestern part of the country. It includes a stretch of the coast of Lake Albert, and is divided in two by the Victoria Nile, which crosses it from east to west and which gives rise to the Murchison Falls from which the park takes its name.
The park includes several habitats: equatorial, tropical, savannah and rainforests, and is rich in fauna, including buffaloes, giraffes, lions, leopards, crocodiles, elephants, chimpanzees and a large bird life.
Murchison Falls, which tumbles from a 45-meter wall through an 8-meter gorge, offers a sensational spectacle, which can be photographed during one of the many game drives.
- Best time: January
- Recommended duration: 3 days
- Average price: starting from € 754,54 per person
What to wear and what to pack
Uganda is crossed by the Equator, whose climate is mitigated by the different altitudes that alternate within the country. The temperature variations during the year are contained, even if we still have a warmer period, in the months from December to March, more noticeable in the north, and a cooler period, which runs from June to September. Temperatures are generally pleasant, although it can sometimes be very hot during the day, especially in the hot period, while at night it can even get cold, depending on the altitude.
- Recommended clothing: light clothes for the day and jacket for the evening, scarf for the breeze, for the plateau at higher altitudes, warm clothes and a sweater for the mountain peaks
- Useful accessories: sweater, jacket, raincoat or umbrella for the higher plateaus, jacket, hat and gloves for the mountain peaks. Please remember that Uganda is crossed by the equator, so you must have the necessary protection from the sun, especially if you go to the mountains