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The best time to visit Queen Elizabeth national park | The best time for safari

The best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda largely depends on your personal preferences and interests. Here are some factors to consider when deciding the ideal time for your visit:

 

Dry Season

The dry season, which occurs from December to February and from June to September, is generally considered the best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park. During this period, the weather is generally dry, and wildlife tends to concentrate around water sources, making it easier to spot animals during game drives and boat cruises.

 

Wildlife Viewing

The dry season is particularly favorable for wildlife viewing as vegetation is less dense, and animals gather around waterholes and the Kazinga Channel. This increases your chances of seeing a wide range of wildlife, including elephants, lions, buffalos, hippos, and various antelope species.

 

Birdwatching

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a birdwatching paradise with over 600 bird species. Birding is best during the wet season, from March to May and from October to November, as many migratory species arrive during these months. However, birding can still be rewarding throughout the year, with resident species present year-round.

 

Rainfall and Greenery

The wet season brings lush greenery to the park, with blooming flowers and vibrant vegetation. The park’s landscapes become more picturesque, and it’s an excellent time for nature walks and enjoying the park’s scenic beauty. However, roads can become more challenging to navigate during heavy rainfall.

 

Tourist Crowds

The dry season tends to attract more tourists, especially around the Christmas and New Year holidays and the months of July and August. If you prefer a quieter experience with fewer crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons (March to May and October to November).

 

Gorilla Trekking

If you plan to combine your visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park with gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, it’s worth noting that the gorilla permits are limited and in high demand throughout the year. It’s advisable to book your permits well in advance, regardless of the season you choose to visit.

 

Ultimately, the best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park depends on your specific interests, wildlife preferences, and tolerance for different weather conditions. It’s recommended to research and plan your trip accordingly, taking into account the factors mentioned above to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience in the park.

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