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Uganda in May

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.

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.

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