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Uganda in October


The rains have returned across many safari areas but there’s still plenty of wildlife on show, not least the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley’s Kavirondo bush babies.

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

  • October is a warm month with unpredictable rainfall
  • It’s the beginning of the wet season, but sometimes the rains don’t start until later in the month – and usually there are short downpours
  • Temperatures stay warm throughout the month
  • Waterproofs are a packing essential for October
  • Rain comes to an end in the north of the country.

What are the highlights of visiting Uganda in October?

  • October is a shoulder month, so there’s good availability of properties
  • Prices are relatively low
  • Gorilla permits are a lot less expensive
  • There are fewer travellers
  • The dry plains start to turn green with the arrival of the rain
  • There are still some excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities in October where the vegetation remains low
  • You can look out for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kidepo Valley National Park is a great place to visit this month – it offers a huge variety of wildlife including the Kavirondo bush baby, which can only be found here
  • October’s the month for the annual Kampala City Festival, a huge street party with music, dancing, and food
  • The greening of the plains appeals to some landscape photographers.

Any lowlights?

  • Some properties close down
  • The weather is unpredictable at this time of year
  • Rainfall can make the forest trails wet and slippery, so treks are more challenging at this time of year
  • Heavy rainfall can damage the roads, causing problems with access into national parks
  • Mosquitoes are few and far between.

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