Uganda Safari in July

Are you planning a Uganda safari or Uganda gorilla trekking trip in July? July is the best time to visit Uganda for a safari. Uganda is located in the East African region within the Great Lakes region. The country experiences a tropical climate with the wet and dry seasons. The equator crosses the country and the boundaries where this equator crosses are marked for tourism activities. The country has plenty of destinations that travelers on a Uganda safari can visit. Uganda is open for travelers throughout the year for safaris to different destinations. The best time for the Uganda safari is usually the drier months of the year. The drier months include June, July, August, and also December, January, and February. During these months, the areas are clear, with dry and short vegetation.

Uganda Safari in July

Why is July the best month for a Uganda safari?

July is usually the best month for the safari in Uganda since the country is usually experiencing the dry season. During the dry season, the country is clear for tourism-related activities. During July animal viewing is easy since the wildlife is always around the water sources and under tree shades for them to survive. In this month, the routes connecting to the destinations are usually dry which allows accessibility to these areas for the travelers on their Uganda safari. In July, there are fewer chances for rain and this allows travelers to enjoy the Uganda safari without interactions.

What to do on a Uganda safari in July?

The travelers during the Uganda safari in July have quite several activities that they can engage in. Some of these activities include;

Gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking is one of the main prime activities that travelers on their Uganda safari usually choose to engage in. As you plan to do the gorilla trekking in July, you are required to book a gorilla permit in time since there is usually high traffic for travelers. This aids travelers to ensure the availability for the gorilla trekking. The trekking is done in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda is considered to be home to half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. In July, the trekking routes are dry which eases the trekking in the forests. Also, you will explore the park since the gorillas move to upper areas that are cooler. The gorilla permits in Uganda costs 800 dollars for foreign non-residents, 700 dollars for foreign residents, and 300,000 Ugandan shillings for East African citizens.

Hiking adventures

This recreation activity usually involves the walkways area of the countryside on the trails paved. In Uganda, there are several destinations for hiking. Hiking is easy during the dry season since the trails of the area are dry and easy for the hike. The destinations for hiking include; mountain Rwenzori, Moroto, Elgon, Sabyinyo, and many others.

Game viewing or game drive

The game viewing is done usually in the Savannah parks within the country. The game viewing is done using a 4×4 with a pop-up. Destinations for the game viewing include; lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and the Kidepo Valley National Park. The game drive is done in the gazette tracks and routes within the park. During the game drive, you will see different wildlife like lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, and many others.

Nature walks

July is the best month for nature walks within the national parks of Uganda. The parks are dry and clear which eases the viewing of the wildlife during the nature walk. Nature walks can be done in all parks of Uganda like the long walk of the Rushaga to Nyabaremura, Nkuringo to Buhoma, and other walks in other parks. During the nature walks, you are required to have enough water, put on light clothing, and also walking sticks.

Birding tours

Birding or bird viewing is one of the activities that travelers usually prefer to engage in. During July, the bird species are more available in the park. The search for the birds is easier in July since the areas for birding are clear and with short vegetation for the view of the birds. Also in July, there are several migratory bird species for breeding.

Uganda Safari in July

Chimpanzee trekking

The chimpanzee is one of the closest cousins to man sharing over 98% of DNA. Usually, the form to interact with these chimpanzees is by tracking them in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking is done in different parts of Uganda and reserves. The tracked chimpanzees are usually taken through the habituation process for them to have the presence of man. The trekking takes about 2 to 6 hours of the day with one viewing the chimpanzee. Where to see the chimpanzee in Uganda during July include; Kibale National Park, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Ngamba Island, and many other destinations.

Rhino tracking

This activity is done in the Ziwa rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola. This is one of the places in Uganda where you can find rhinos. The rhino tracking is done through the walks within the sanctuary in July since it is easy to find around the water sources.

Boat cruise

The boat cruise or the boat safari is done on many water bodies in Uganda. During July, there are fewer chances of rain, and though the weather is harsh. A boat cruise in July is the best since you can see a lot of wildlife around the water bodies looking for water. Also, the water bodies have less vegetation which can’t hinder the boat cruise.

What destinations should you visit during a Uganda safari in July?

Uganda has a quite number that travelers on a Uganda usually prefer to visit for a safari in July. some of these destinations include; the source of the Nile in Jinja, Mountain Rwenzori, Mountain Elgon, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and many others. All these national parks and other destinations offer different activities for travelers to engage in.

What are the requirements for the Uganda safari in July?

While planning for the safari in Uganda in July, the travelers are required to plan accordingly and some of the requirements include;

  • Light clothes with no shouting colors that usually affect the wildlife.
  • Sunglasses and capes to reduce light penetration during the safari
  • Mosquito repellants are required since there are a lot of mosquitoes in the tropical areas of the park.
  • Water containers for storing enough water since you need to be hydrated.
  • A valid tourist Visa is also required for the travelers.

The other months for the perfect Uganda safari are June, August, December, January, and February. It is always recommended that in these months you should always book early to ensure availability.

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