VISITING UGANDA IN MAY/ UGANDA SAFARI IN MAY
Visiting Uganda in May: Like any other rainy month, Uganda receives an extended rainy season within the month of May making the entire vegetation more green and beautiful providing enough food for the wildlife in the jungle. However much May is termed as rainy month, be sure to experience some sunshine thus not a bad month for you to visit Uganda for any safari.
You could be wondering what as to which tourist activitiesazu0 can be done within the month of May. This article highlights all the things that you will enjoy during your Uganda safari in May and they include;
Mountain gorilla trekking and habituation
The best thing with trekking Gorillas in May is that the gorillas tend to thrills in lower altitudes which are warmer thus it takes a few hours walk to get to Gorillas unlike during dry month when they tend to climb up in search of food. However much the gorillas stay nearer, be sure to experience a harsh terrain with lots of sliding and rolling in the muddy trails till you get to gorillas so ensure that you put on waterproof boats. As of 2021, the permit for Mountain gorilla trekking in May costs $700 per person since Uganda usually doesn’t offer discounted permits for low season unless otherwise. It’s obviously only 1 hour allowed to spend closer to these Mountain gorillas so if you need something more fascinating them Mountain gorilla habituation experience is the best way to go as it allows 4 hours in presence of Gorillas and this permit costs $1500 per person.
The most fascinating thing with Gorilla trekking in May is that the park is less congested and some trekker end up trekkers a particular gorilla family independently making it more rewarding. In Uganda, Mountain gorillas thrill only in 2 destinations including Bwindi impenetrable national park the best place to go for both gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience as it harbors the highest population of the Mountain gorillas that are still surviving in the wild. Another destination for Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda is Mgahinga gorilla national park with only 1 habituated gorilla family (Nyakagezi). Both parks are situated in far south western part of Uganda thus can be reached either from Kampala or Kigali Rwanda.
Chimpanzee trekking and Habituation
Just like Gorilla trekking and Habituation experience, the same applies to Chimpanzees. I won’t say that May is favorable for this activity since we all know that dry months are the best but trust me visiting Uganda in May for Chimpanzee trekking and Habituation experience is so interesting as the park is less congested and some accommodations reduce their rates making it cheap to enjoy your adventure on a budget cost. Other places to visit for Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda include Budongo forest, Kalinzu Forest, Kyambura Gorge and Toro Semliki.
May is one of the best months for birding and bird watching in Uganda the pearl of Africa since several migratory birds from Asia, Europe and other countries flock into Uganda as they make their rounds in Africa. This in turn makes May a perfect month for a birder to explore Uganda since Uganda harbors over 1000 species of birds. For a birder to enjoy during May, you need to be well equipped with a rain jacket, waterproof shoes such that rain doesn’t ruin your adventure at the last minute as it pours periodically.
Well due to the thick blush within the savanna parks during the rainy months in Uganda and May being part of it, Game viewing might as well be a challenge since animals tend to hid deep within the wild unlike in dry months when animals congest near water bodies. However, the climate in Uganda is favorable thus even in rains of May, the country receives some sunshine thus do not fear to visit Uganda in May though not highly recommended for game viewing but tourists are advised to use a 4×4 safari vehicle that can easily navigate in slippery and muddy tracks.
May wouldn’t have been a bad month for your Uganda safari, but the rain may interrupt with some of the park activities and also some of the lodges tend to close though a few that remains in most cases reduce their prices. This however implies that May could be good for budget travelers.