Visiting Uganda in August : August is one of the best months to explore Uganda since it marks the end of the dry season. Uganda is known for having 2 dry seasons including from December to February and the second one running from June till August.

This means that by August, there is no rain and all the wildlife tend to gather around the water holes that remain in the parks after a long drought making it very easy to spot them as they quench their thirst along the water holes in different parks especially savanna parks.

Is August a good time to visit Uganda?

Yes, August is undoubtedly one of those perfect months you need to put on your shoes and get out of your comfort zone to explore the best of Uganda be it for primate viewing safaris, wildlife viewing safaris, nature walks and hiking and many more.

primate viewing safaris
primate viewing safaris

This is because August marks the end of the dry season thus several wildlife are seen congesting along the waterholes that remain in the park to quench their thirst thus the water holes becomes the best sighting grounds for several wildlife species. The most active animals to spot during the dry month of August include Elephants, Leopards, Lions and many other animals plus plenty of birdlife including migratory birds.

The month of August thrills with an average temperature of about 25oC making it the best to head out into Uganda’s savanna parks for wildlife viewing safaris in various destinations including Murchison falls national park the oldest savanna park in Uganda that harbors the big 4 games and an opportunity to view the world’s most powerful waterfall, Queen Elizabeth national park a home to the tree climbing lions and the Kazinga channel where aquatic wildlife can be spotted.

There are yet other savanna parks to explore while on a Uganda safari and these include Lake Mburo national park, Kidepo valley national park among others. You may decide to engage in the game drives which are the major activities done in Savanna Parks and remember during the month of August the tracks for game drive are dry and passable making it easy to enjoy your adventure in a 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop up roof.

Gorilla Trekking

There is yet boat cruise, nature walks and many other activities enjoyed in savanna parks o get closer to the wildlife species in their natural habitats. Besides wildlife viewing in different savanna park, gorilla trekking is yet another fascinating thing done in the month of August.  Gorilla trekking in Uganda is conducted in only 2 destinations including Bwindi Impenetrable national park which has 4 sector including Buhoma sector, Rushaga sector, Nkuringo sector and Ruhija sector.

Bwindi harbors a largest population of endangered mountain gorillas with over 20 gorilla families habituated for trekking by tourists. Bwindi as well offers Gorilla habituation experience. The other destination for gorilla trekking in Uganda is in Mgahinga Gorilla national park that has only 1 gorilla family that has been habituated for trekking on a daily basis.

So participating in Gorilla trekking within the month of August is such a breath taking experience as all the trails in the forest are dry, all accommodations are in good shape. Chimpanzee trekking is also possible in the month of August as well as guided nature walks, mountain hiking, cultural and community tours, camping and picnic among others.

The only hustle however is that there is a stiff competition for the gorilla permits as most travelers be interested in this adventure and also lodges tend to be fully booked and prices hiked. This implies that tourists interested in gorilla trekking and Chimpanzee trekking need to book their permits in advance approximately 6 months in advance to avoid missing out on their moments with these primates in their natural habitats.

It is always important to note that Uganda has 2 dry seasons including from January to February and from June to September thus September marks the end of the second dry season in Uganda the pearl of Africa.

Let us manage your next visit to Uganda in August. We however organize several safaris to other various destinations around East Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.