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Uganda in May


One of the rainiest months in Uganda, May has some fabulous highlights – lush landscapes, lots of newborns, flocks of migratory birds, and sightings of gorillas on the lower slopes of the mountains.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 25°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 17°C
  • Average rainfall = 147mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

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

  • Days are warm and wet, and most feature sunshine
  • It’s the end of the rainy season, with some of the heaviest rainfall of the year
  • Temperatures are generally warm
  • Waterproofs and waterproof boots are essential.

What are the highlights of visiting Uganda in May?

  • The properties that remain open have good availability
  • Rates are relatively low
  • Properties are significantly cheaper during the rainy season, so this is a good time to visit for those on a tighter budget
  • The rainy season is when most animals are giving birth, so this is a good time to look out for newborns
  • Migratory birds are still present
  • Gorilla treks tend to be shorter in the rainy season, as the gorillas linger on the warmer lower slopes
  • May is terrific for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
  • Murchison Falls is at its most impressive by the end of the rainy season
  • Beautiful green scenery makes for a stunning backdrop for photos.

Any lowlights?

  • Some lodges close down during the rainy season
  • There’s heavy rainfall most days
  • Wildlife is harder to see behind the thick vegetation
  • Depending on the severity of rain over the last few months, some roads may become impassable
  • It’s not the best time for gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, as the forest trails are muddy and slippery
  • Mosquitoes are prevalent throughout the country.