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Uganda in March

March

March heralds the beginning of the long rainy season, bringing lush landscapes, calving season for many herbivores, and plenty of migratory bird species.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 27°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 18°C
  • Average rainfall = 130mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

What’s the weather going to be like in Uganda in March?

  • Days are comfortably warm
  • It’s the start of the long rainy season – rain is unlikely to continue all day long but it can come in heavy downpours, and it’s usually followed by brighter weather
  • Temperatures are pleasant
  • Don’t forget to pack your waterproofs!

What are the highlights of visiting Uganda in March?

  • March is low season, so there are plenty of lodges available
  • Rates are relatively low
  • Parks are lush and green from the rain
  • There are lots of opportunities for wonderful wildlife viewing at this time of year, in safari areas such as Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Animals are giving birth to their young, so travellers have the chance to see lots of newborns roaming about
  • Gorilla treks are usually shorter as there is a lot of food for the mammals on the lower slopes of the mountains
  • Amakula Kampala International Film Festival takes place between 14th and 17th March, showcasing a mix of classic and modern movies
  • March is a great month for seeing migratory birds
  • Murchison Falls has a drier climate, so it’s worth a visit during the rainy season
  • Keen photographers can take some spectacular snaps of wildlife in many parks and reserves.

Any lowlights?

  • Not all properties remain open throughout the long rainy season
  • The roads are often in bad condition, so journeys can be uncomfortably bumpy
  • Thicker vegetation can make game viewing more challenging
  • Trekking becomes harder as the terrain becomes wet and muddy
  • None of Uganda’s parks are at their best during the rainy season
  • Mosquitoes are more prevalent in the forests of Bwindi, Kibale and Murchison National Park.